Bands 1982 - Onwards
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History of The Moonflowers
Formed in December 1987 for a few parties: they made records until 1997.
The moonflowers emerged in 1988 defiantly painted , endowed with puppy fat and a cacophony with antics. Soon showed they had flair and stirred the local scene.
Following the success of indie het 'Git Higher' in 1990 they were transported to a national then international platform (scaffold), beseeching their audience/ followers to hold hands while they watched the group cavort and leap about in an effort to obtain world peace by the year 1999.
The band started a label and called it Pop God from which they released further efforts from themselves and other bands (PSE, ME, Ecstatic Orange, Mammal etc.). They toured and sold produce and artefacts such as home made T-shirts and badges.
Moonflowers maintained constant touring and in 1993 released their second (though first really good) LP called 'From Whales to Jupiter and Beyond the Stars to Rainbohemia' which mixed folk, dub, rock and dance influences.
Brothers and Sisters - Ashton Court Festival
Yet still they aimed higher and dreamt they could free themselves -and us all- from the bonds of commercial modern existence and so decided to remove themselves from society to create their own utopia, their 'Rainbohemia', a place where days are spent in creativity with music and art a way of life.
The band waved goodbye to their friends and drove away in their yellow bus across the sea and far away...
In 1995 masters for an LP were sent to Pop God offices (from an unknown destination) which was the masterful 'Colours and Sounds' LP.
This record was released and though not well known, very worth tracking down for its incredible range and orchestration.
Fewer performances were reported from across Europe. The group was variously seen busking acoustically across France from a broken down old coach; performing as a three piece in Windsor with the singer, guitarist and a casio keyboard taking it in turn to play the drums, and gigging in Japan.
By mid 1996 the band considered themselves/ the world too far gone for further performances and decided to leave the world/ themselves one more album for now and then concentrate on helping/ growing another generation that may lead the world to more happytivity, healthdum and creatness.
Meantime though they have given their chains to a highly trained music force called the Rainbohemians, to dwell in our lands, play concerts and make records. So these Rainbohemians did as they were bid and played some concerts and recorded an LP but still the waves were breaking upon the spirit of the moonflowers and so this force retreated to Rainbohemia and told what they had seen and done to the moonflowers there, now quite settled and ageing.
Then it came to pass that the moonflowers once again raised their standard (no pun intended), rallied round and made another LP for their most staunch supporters - the Japanese. This record is called Brainwashing and Heartists Blue Life Stripes as each member wrote a word and these words were pulled from a hat.
Another two forces were released from the rainbohemia stronghold:
the first, called Morning Star was led by the moonflower with the guitar and he went to the land where the vain but gentle young men, the leonard cohenists and the troubadours dwell. And he did perform with accordion and acoustic instruments and made records also. And this continues unto this day.
The second force has been called solar mumuns and is led by the one who was the eye of the little storm known as the moonflowers. Now these mumuns have only been seen once but have left a recoding in their wake called breaking waters. They appear and disappear as soon as they are seen, something new is forming, or is it something very old, ancient in fact.
By the end of the millennium one last album occurred. From vaults thought lost to humans but unearthed in the mid-winter storms of late 1999, a new record of moonflowers has been found. With instructions reading 'do not open until 2000' these recordings, complete with cover are now online for release. They have been titled Dont Just Sit There, Fly! spectral folkers and contain psychedelic glimpses of their gypsy-like existence and the world as they have seen or imagined it.
|we dig your earth||12" ep (pop god)||1988||1.rock and roll2. my baby 3.all or nothing 4. johnny|
|get higher||12" ep (pop god)||1990||get higher mf mix/ big in the bristol area mix/ get dubber|
|warshag||12" ep (pop god)||1991||warshag/ engraving|
|fire||12" ep (pop god)||1991||1. fire 2.bring me down gently 3. i want to dill you|
|groovepower||12" ep (pop god)||1992||1.big 2. fast 3. dub|
|hash smits||lp/cd (pop god)||1992||1. rock 'n roll 2.we dig your earth 3.warshag 4.fire 5.i want to dill you 6.dub time 7.my baby 8.groovepower 9.back where i belong 10.get higher|
|tighten up on the housework brothers and sisters||12" ep (pop god)||1992||1. brothers and sisters 2.housework 3. tighten up|
|covers ep||12" ep (pop god)||1992||1.disco man 2. armageddon time 3.tighten up 4.norwegian wood|
|from whales to jupiter..||lp/cd (pop god)||1993||1. there we will find the sun 2.connotation vibration 3.goldmine 4.ug 5.smile in the face of evil and dance 6.share your food 7.planet dodo 8.song for summer 9.serpents of the deep 9.come by ours, love 10.dreamlovers 11.jupiter 12.stick and bow|
|shake it together||ep/cd(pop god)||1995||1.shake it together 2.soul heavy 3.dub it together 4.i would like to see egypt (one of these days)|
|colours and sounds||lp/cd (pop god)||1995||1.future alien 2.what is going to happen 3. nopar king 4.the world leaves the world 5.shake it together 6.revolution 7.path of the free 8.white bird 9.sun and moon 10.the winkstress 11.friends 12.if you feel like 13.colours and sounds 14.keepers of the fire 15.the worlds most famous unknown people|
|black beetles and white bird||cd(colours and sounds/ crue-l )||1996||1.colours and sounds 2.connotation vibration 3.get higher 4.warshag 5.tighten-up 6.norwegian wood 7.dub it together 8.armagideon time 9.planet dodo 10.housework 11.fire 12.i would like to see egypt|
|brainwashing and heartists blue life stripes||cd (colours and sounds/ cruel)||1997||1.cairo disco 2.goldmine 3.pink girl 4.we are stars 5.titanium mountain 6.losing you 7.spirits 8.naima 9.sky dancer 10.let it rain|
|don't just sit there, fly!||cd (colours and sounds)||2000||1.baba yaga 2.little bird 3.apres coutance 4.youngman 5.appleblossom 6.silver hare 7.flies waltz 8.ambience genial 9.don't just sit there 10.morning pipe 11.river is flowing 12.what is love|
|dirty and lost(eps collection)||cd(coloursandsounds)||2002||1. Rock n roll 2. My Baby 3. All Or Nothing 4. Johnny 5. Get Higher 6.Bring Me Down Gently 7. Groovepower (DUB) 8. Groovepower 9.DiscoMan 10. Armagideon Time 11. Who Do You Love 12. Norwegian Wood 13. Tighten-Up 14. Housework 15. Shake It Together 16. Soul Heavy 17. I Would Like To See Egypt (One Of These Days)|