The Flaming Stars – in session for John Peel – Recorded April 9, 1996 – broadcast April 20 – BBC Radio 1 –
The Flaming Stars to get the week rolling. Their second of six sessions recorded for John Peel at BBC Radio 1.
The Flaming Stars was formed in November 1994 in Camden, London, England, by lead singer and Ex-Gallon Drunk drummer Max Décharné, guitarists Johnny Johnson (replaced in 1996 by Huck Whitney) and Mark Hosking, bassist Paul Dempsey, and Joe Whitney on the drums. They took their name from an Elvis Presley film title. The band was signed to the London-based, but Japanese owned, Vinyl Japan UK Ltd. The band first gained attention in Europe when they released their EP “Hospital, Heaven or Hell” which received praise from well-known English radio personalities John Peel and Steve Lamacq. Because of this, they recorded six John Peel Sessions which were released throughout the 1990s and eventually released together in 2000 on a double album, The Six John Peel Sessions.
In 1996, the Flaming Stars released their first album, Songs From the Bar Room Floor, which was followed by Sell Your Soul to the Flaming Stars in 1997. In 2001, The Flaming Stars released A Walk on the Wired Side, a slight departure from their previous works. The album took less from 1960s style garage rock and instead focused more on creating their own unique sound. The Stars gained a minor hit in the UK from their album A Walk on the Wired Side with the song, “Some Things You Don’t Forget”. The band received considerable attention in the UK’s underground scene while remaining fairly unknown in the United States. The Flaming Stars released their fifth studio album, Sunset & Void, in 2002.
Two years later in 2004, they released Named and Shamed, their 10th anniversary album. In early 2006, Vinyl Japan went into receivership and the Stars were signed to Big Beat Records, which is owned by Ace Records. On 16 March that year, they released their first effort on Big Beat, a 42 track compilation album London After Midnight: Singles, Rarities and Bar Room Floor-Fillers 1995-2005. In September 2006, they released their seventh studio album, Born Under A Bad Neon Sign.
The Flaming Stars played a comeback gig supporting The Nightingales at Dublin Castle, Camden on 26 October 2016.
If you aren’t familiar (and shame on you if you aren’t) here is their second session for Peel as it was broadcast on April 20, 1996.
Crank this one up – it’s got a lot going for it.