The Weather Prophets to start the week. A short-lived band (1985-1988) that was resurrected from the break-up of another indie band, The Loft. Following the breakup of The Loft, Peter Astor (vocals, guitar) and Dave Morgan (drums) formed The Weather Prophets (named after a line in the opening paragraph of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer) in 1986. An early incarnation saw Creation Records head-honcho Alan McGee playing bass, but he soon reverted to manager as new members David Greenwood Goulding (bass) and Oisin Little (guitar) were recruited to complete the line up.
The debut single, “Almost Prayed” (Creation, 1986), seemed to carry on where The Loft had left off; consequently both interest and critical approval were high for the record, and a second single was issued on Creation that same year.
After a German mini-album, for the release of their debut album proper, McGee had successfully managed to sign the band to Elevation Records – the WEA subsidiary with which he was associated. Expectations were high when the Lenny Kaye-produced Mayflower appeared in 1987, but the album was greeted with a mixed response by the critics and the band were eventually dropped from the label.
All was not lost, however, as they eventually returned to Creation for a further album, Judges, Juries and Horsemen in 1988. By this time, Oisin Little had departed, and interest in the band had waned. A final single, “Always the Light”, was issued before the band decided to split up.
According to one source (Wikipedia and The Great Indie Discography) they were said to have formed in 1986. However, this session, recorded for Janice Long at BBC Radio 1 was from October 2, 1985. So either the dates of formation are off a year, or this session comes just as the band formed and they hadn’t signed a deal yet. I will let the Research Mavens have at it with that one.
In the meantime, here is what you might have missed the first time around, or get to hear from the first time.