The Hat Shoes

The Hat Shoes were a multinational avant-rock super-project assembled in 1990 by English musician Bill Gilonis (The Work) with drummer Charles Hayward (Quiet Sun, This Heat, Camberwell Now), Belgian vocalist Catherine Jauniaux (Aksak Maboul), and American cellist Tom Cora (Curlew, Skeleton Crew, Nimal). The project yielded the album Differently Desperate in 1991 on RecRec, the Swiss branch of Recommended Records. Pere Ubu vocalist Dave Thomas guests on two tracks. Cora and Jauniaux also interacted that year as guests on the album Scrabbling at the Lock by Dutch avant/politi-punks The Ex.

Members: Bill Gilonis (guitar, bass, piano, xylophone), Tom Cora (cello, piano, guitar, vocals), Catherine Jauniaux (vocals), Charles Hayward (drums, percussion, melodica, vocals)

In 2002, the Hat Shoes name was revived by Gilonis and Jauniaux for a second RecRec disc, Home, featuring a guest appearance by ex-Brainticket percussionist Barney Palm.


  • Differently Desperate (1991)
  • Home (2002)

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