Salad for a Wednesday night. Somewhat short-lived at first, Salad got started in 1992 as The Merry Babes. Featuring Dutch Model/singer/MTV-VJ Marijne van der Vlugt, bassist Pete Brown, drummer Rob Wakeman and guitarist Paul Kennedy.
During this tenure, which went from 1992-1998, they released two albums, ten singles, had a number of charted songs – got a lot of publicity, got caught up in the Britpop craze of the early 90s. Went from Indie label Waldorf to Island Records. Their second album, Ice Cream failed to match the success of their first album, Drink Me. Subsequently Island dropped the band from their roster and it was discouraging enough to prompt the band to give up the ghost and go on to other things.
Until 2016, when Marijne and Paul Kennedy popped up as Salad Undressed and started rekindling the excitement of their earlier period. The good response prompted Salad Undressed to do their first Radio session in twenty years and, as of this day, have announced they are working on an album, to be released sometime in 2018.
Although some of the personnel in Salad have changed, the core members Marijne and Paul, along with bassist Pete Brown have continued, performing as a full band for several dates ahead of the release of their new album.
So it just goes to prove that the old adage “Never Say Never’ is still true. That even with a lapse of some 20 years, the band was still fondly remembered by fans of the old days as well as a new crop of enthusiasts to rekindle what they thought was dead and start a new life from it. It happens and it happens all the time.
Be on the lookout for the new album next year – in the meantime, their BBC Radio 1 session from December 20, 1993.