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L to R Robert Dillam, Stephen 'Wil' Williams, Pete Fijalkowski, Kevin Gritton (1991)
|Genres||Alternative rock, shoegazing|
|Labels||Creation / EMI America Records|
|Associated acts||Pete Fij / Terry Bickers, Polak, The Balloon Farm, The Zephyrs, The Bardots, The Candy Thieves|
|Past members||Pete Fijalkowski
Stephen 'Wil' Williams
Adorable were an English alternative rock band, formed in Coventry in 1990. The band consisted of band members Pete Fijalkowski (vocals, guitar), Robert Dillam (guitar), Stephen 'Wil' Williams (bass) and Kevin Gritton (drums).
Adorable formed in September 1990. Prior to that the band was known as The Candy Thieves, and their only record included an early version of "Homeboy" and another song "Underwater" that fit the then current baggy trend. The single was released on Trolley Records in 1990. However guitarist Wayne Peters left the band out of frustration with their lack of success and was replaced by Robert Dillam, prompting the name change to Adorable.
After recording a 12" of "Sunshine Smile" ("I'll Be Your Saint" and "Breathless" on the B-side) that was pressed up to be released on record producer Pat Collier's 'Money To Burn' record label, the band received a positive review in the NME. However, the single was never released. They signed to Creation Records in 1992, and after a UK tour supporting Curve, they released their first single, a re-recording of "Sunshine Smile", in May of that year.
"Sunshine Smile" was NME 's 'Single of the Week', and topped the UK Indie Chart. The band released "I'll Be Your Saint", "Homeboy" and "Sistine Chapel Ceiling" (another NME single of the Week), which all went into the Top 5 in the Indie chart. Their album, Against Perfection was released in 1993, and peaked at No. 70 in the UK Albums Chart. The band toured the US, Europe, Australia and Japan.
The second album, Fake, provided two singles "Kangaroo Court" and "Vendetta", which again entered the UK Indie Chart, but the album failed to dent the mainstream UK Albums Chart. Strained relations, both within the band and with Creation, resulted in the band announcing their split onstage in Brussels in late 1994.
A retrospective of their work entitled 'Footnotes' was released by Cherry Red in 2008, featuring extensive liner contributions from all four members of the band where they spoke candidly about their experiences whilst in Adorable.
Subsequent to the band's demise, Robert Dillam moved to Scotland where he joined The Zephyrs and is teaching computer networking. Stephen Williams remained in Coventry and is currently the Assistant Director of the International Office at the University of Warwick, whilst Fijalkowski using the anglicised version of his name (Pete Fijalkowski) went on to form the band Polak, who released two albums on One Little Indian. Shortening his name to Pete Fij he joined up with guitarist Terry Bickers of fellow former Creation label mate The House of Love and Levitation under the title of 'Pete Fij / Terry Bickers'; Kevin Gritton is currently Headteacher of a comprehensive school in Derby.
- Footnotes: Best of 92–94 (January 2008, Cherry Red)
- "Sunshine Smile" (April 1992)
- "I'll Be Your Saint" (July 1992)
- "Homeboy" (October 1992)
- "Sistine Chapel Ceiling" (January 1993)
- "Favourite Fallen Idol" (April 1993)
- "Kangaroo Court" (April 1994)
- "Vendetta" (September 1994)
- "Interview with Pete Fijalkowski of Adorable". Adequacy.net. 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- "The Pristines homepage The Pristines official website". Myweb.tiscali.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- "Interviews » Interview with Pete Fijalkowski (Polak, Adorable)". Webcuts Music. 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 15. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Pete Fij / Terry Bickers". Petefijterrybickers.com. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- Adorable on Myspace
- Pete Fijalkowski on Myspace
- Robert Dillam's 1993 guitar rig. Guitargeek.com
News and media
- Pete Fijalkowski writes about his time in Adorable at Creation Records (2000)
- Interview with Pete Fijalkowski at Dead Flowers (Feb 2007)