Liverpool Indie band Rain to end the working week – The band was formed at the Merseyside Trade Union Community and Unemployed Resource Centre in Huyton, Liverpool, in 1988 with a line-up of Ned Murphy (vocals, guitar), Colin Clarke (vocals, guitar), Martyn Campbell (bass guitar, vocals), and Tony McGuigan (drums). They were signed by Columbia Records in late 1989, and began recording with Nick Lowe producing. Unhappy with the results, they did not release any material until their 1991 debut single “Lemonstone Desired”, which reached number 95 in the UK Singles Chart, and was the source of some controversy due to the photograph of a naked woman on the sleeve. The band recorded a session for Mark Goodier‘s BBC Radio 1 show in March that year. This was followed by debut album A Taste of Rain, drawing comparisons with Cream, R.E.M., and the Byrds, and a single featuring the title track from the album. The album was followed by a reissued “Lemonstone Desired”, which proved to be the band’s final release while together, although they shared a posthumous split album with The Real People in 1996, featuring tracks mainly taken from their album.
However, as is often the case – a few years distance puts things in perspective and Rain, with Murphy and Clarke the only original founding members, put it together in 2014 and are giving it another try.
This session – broadcast on February 15, 1991, came around the time of the release of their debut album, A Taste Of Rain as well as the release of their debut single, Lemonstone Desired.
As far as I know, they didn’t make any inroads in the U.S., even though they were released on Columbia (Sony), an American label at the time. So you may not be familiar with them. In which case, this becomes discovery for you.
Get ready for the weekend.