Black Tambourine

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Black Tambourine
Origin Washington, D.C. area, United States
Genres Twee pop, indie pop, noise pop, shoegaze, lo-fi
Years active 1989–1992, 2012
Labels Slumberland, Audrey's Diary
Past members Pam Berry, Brian Nelson, Archie Moore, Mike Schulman

Black Tambourine was an influential American twee pop band and one of the earliest Slumberland groups of the early 1990s. Formed in Silver Spring, Maryland, the band comprised singer Pam Berry, Brian Nelson, Archie Moore and Mike Schulman. Along with Tiger Trap, Lois, Honeybunch, Tullycraft, and Beat Happening, they are considered to be one of the most influential bands of the American twee pop movement.


The members came to the project already acquainted with each other: Both Nelson and Schulman were in Whorl together, while Schulman (also of Powderburns) co-founded Slumberland Records. Moore, meanwhile, was in Velocity Girl, and Berry had co-founded the Chickfactor zine.[1][2]

The band was influenced by The Jesus and Mary Chain, Phil Spector, Smokey Robinson, Love, The Ramones, the Shop Assistants, The Pastels, 14 Iced Bears, Orange Juice, and the English bands signed to Creation Records.[1][2]

Black Tambourine was described by Allmusic as one of the "seminal American indie pop bands of the 1980s." Bands they have influenced include The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, Times New Viking, Rough Bunnies, The Mayfair Set, The Champagne Socialists, Sweet Valley Slumber Party and Procedure Club.[2]

After the band parted ways, Berry went on to sing with numerous bands including The Shapiros, glo-worm, Castaway Stones, Veronica Lake, Bright Colored Lights, Belmondo, Seashell Sea and The Pines; she also returned to Chickfactor. Nelson went on to Velocity Girl; Moore to Heartworms; and Schulman to Magpies, Candleman, The Crabapples, and Manatee.



  • "By Tomorrow" 7" EP (1991, Slumberland Records)[3]
  • "Throw Aggi Off the Bridge" 7" EP (1992, Audrey's Diary)[4]
  • "OneTwoThreeFour" 7" EP (2012, Slumberland Records)[5]
  • Black Tambourine Cassette digital EP (2010, self-release)[6]
  • Black Tambourine cassette EP (2012, self-release)[7]

Compilation albums[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "We Can't Be Friends" on One Last Kiss (1992, spinART)[8]
  • "Pam's Tan" on What Kind of Heaven Do You Want? 7" EP (1989, Slumberland)


  1. ^ a b "Black Tambourine releases, videos and more". slumberland records. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Black Tambourine – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  3. ^ "Black Tambourine : By Tomorrow". Slumberland Records. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Throw Aggi Off the Bridge – Black Tambourine : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  5. ^ "OneTwoThreeFour | Black Tambourine". 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Black Tambourine – Black Tambourine Cassette (File, MP3) at Discogs". 2010-11-18. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  7. ^ "Black Tambourine – Black Tambourine (Cassette) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  8. ^ Ribas, Michael. "One Last Kiss – Various Artists : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 

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