The Pale Fountains were an English sophisti-pop band that released three standalone singles and two albums on Virgin between 1982 and 1985.
Members: Michael Head (guitar, vocals), John Head (guitar), Chris McCaffery (bass), Thomas Whelan (drums), Andy Diagram (trumpet)
Formed in 1980 Liverpool, The Pale Fountains were part of that city’s post-Deaf School musical renaissance. The band was led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Michael Head and his guitarist brother John Head, both newcomers to the scene. The rhythm section of Chris McCaffery (bass) and Thomas Whelan (drums) rounded out the lineup. Trumpeter Andy Diagram (The Diagram Brothers, Dislocation Dance) served as the band’s fifth wheel while moonlighting with other acts.
The Pale Fountains debuted with the single “Just a Girl” (b/w “(There’s Always) Something on My Mind”) in mid-1982 on Operation Twilight/Les Disques du Crépuscule. As on all subsequent recordings, both sides were composed by Michael Head. That October, the band signed to Virgin and issued their second single, “Thank You” (b/w “Meadow of Love”). The sleeve shows the members canoeing in their trademark 1930s attire.
In 1983, the band released their third single, “Palm of My Hand” (b/w “Love’s a Beautiful Place”). It was issued in 7″ and 12″ versions, the latter containing a bonus instrumental version of the a-side. The single was produced by Greg Walsh (The Bible, Then Jerico) and Associates guitarist/keyboardist Alan Rankine.
The Pale Fountains released their debut album, Pacific Street, in February 1984 on Virgin Records. It features nine proper songs, including
In 1985, The Pale Fountains released their second album, …From Across the Kitchen Table. It features six songs per side, including
- “(There’s Always) Something on My Mind” / “Just a Girl” (1982)
- “Thank You” / “Meadow of Love” (1982)
- “Palm of My Hand” / “Love’s a Beautiful Place” (1983)
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