Bands 1982 - Onwards
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Herb Garden rose to some sort of recognition in the late 1980s and early 90s as a psych-thrash, absurdist funky-punk outfit. They welded three-chord tricks to multiple sounds of the 70s before running off to the circus, raiding auntie’s make-up bag on the way. They were never grunge or crusty right? · Career highlights included: winning various Battle of the Bands nights to support their first release – the eponymous ‘Herb Garden’ ep; touting ‘round a cassette-only release covered in green fur, called ‘The Furry Green Cassette’, which led to tours of Eire, NI, Germany, Poland, Italy, Belgium and Skegness. This also coincided with the broadcast on RAW Power! of their ‘Toasted’ rock & roll video show-reel and the promo for the hit single ‘Forever!' Released on 42 Records from Stuttgart in Germany.
All this activity built to a crescendo of fun and frolics during their time under the management of Hardslug. Manager James Harding took them into battle with a major-label contract under the EastWest label (home of Mick Hucknall). The release that resulted was the mind-crunching mini-album ‘Destructive Natural Agent’ on vinyl and CD, available on Amazon for not-as-much-money-as-when-you-could-first-buy-it ... there was a parting of the ways with East West ... Herb Garden then recorded their long player Vinyl LP called HMS Disaster on the legendary punk rock label Words of Warning ... They returned to Eire, Belgium, Germany and undertook the 'Battered, Shattered & Bespattered' tour of the UK, with Stuttgart's extremely fine psych-hop rockers Sharon Tates Children (later Viva Maria!) ...In 1994 Martin Stratton Joined on Conga and percussion and the Herbies sound took a marked Funk punk turn..megaphone and break beats...Out of this period was born FIVE PINTS..in 1995 Herb Garden played Ashton Court, Headlined at a Stuttgart version of Ashton Court in the grounds of Stuttgart University..ben was keeping it in the family and for the last year Becky, Ben's Sister was on backing vocals..By February 1996 at a practice they called it a day..burnt out.. But They Rise from the Dead.
Smoke The Telly
Ashton Court Festival 1989