The Brilliant Corners – in session for Janice Long – BBC Radio 1 – January 13, 1985 – BBC Radio 1 –
The Brilliant Corners in session tonight – recorded on January 13, 1985 for the Janice Long program at BBC Radio 1.
The group was formed in 1983, taking the name from the Thelonious Monk jazz album, Brilliant Corners. The line-up included David Woodward (vocals, guitar), Chris Galvin (bass guitar), Winston Forbes (lead guitar, percussion, backing vocals), Bob Morris (drums) and Dan Pacini (occasional trumpet and keyboards). A later addition was Phil Elvins on guitar.
They splitting up after last release from 1993.
Their first release was at the start of 1984 a fast, stomping, yawp ‘She’s Got Fever’. Only 500 pressings were made & the band say they wrecked a lot of them with their D-I-Y not being up to much & some covers getting glued to the actual record. Two more singles followed that year, ‘Big Hip’ coming out in May, it was in the same vein as the previous release but you had to wait until midway through the song before the beat was cranked up to top gear. ‘My Baby In Black’ saw the band get bigger, well it was their first record to be released as a 12″. Out in October this was to be the last single release for well over a year, but gave a taster that not-so-fast & more melodic songs were to come.
Which ‘Growing Up Absurd’ a 6 track mini-album was to prove, this was their only release of 1985. Although Dan was missing from this recording, it certainly bridged the gap of the sound of what had been released & the sound of what was to come. The title track was probably the stand out song with it’s catchy tune, prominent bass line & Davey’s observational lyrics.
To get idea what they were up to during the their 1985 period (or to introduce yourself if you’ve never met), here is their January 13,1985 session for Janice Long at BBC Radio 1.