Close Lobsters

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Close Lobsters
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Background information
Also known as Lobsters
Origin Paisley, Scotland
Genres Indie pop
Years active 1985–1989, 2012-present
Labels Fire Records
Enigma Records
Shelflife Records
Website Official website
Members Andrew Burnett
Tom Donnelly
Bob Burnett
Stewart McFayden
Past members Graeme Wilmington


Close Lobsters are a Scottish indie pop/rock band.

History[edit]

Close Lobsters first came to wider prominence with the track "Firestation Towers" on the NME's C86 compilation. They signed to Fire Records and released their debut single "Going To Heaven To See If It Rains" in October 1986. They released a second single "Never Seen Before" in April 1987 which strengthened their reputation as one of the leading emerging indie bands.[1] They went on to release two albums: Foxheads Stalk This Land was released in 1987 and Headache Rhetoric in 1989. Rolling Stone's review of "Foxheads Stalk This Land" called it "first-rate guitar pop from a top-shelf band. Close Lobsters could have been just another jangle group, but they have a lot more going for them than just chiming Rickenbackers."[2]

Their popularity on United States college radio stations led to an invitation to the New York Music Seminar in 1989, which in turn led to an extensive American tour.[3] They toured relentlessly in the UK, Germany and the United States of America and Canada.

The band eventually took an extended break.

Their 'Best of' Singles retrospective, Forever, Until Victory! - the title is from the reputed last sign-off in a letter from Ernesto 'Che' Guevara to Fidel Castro 'Hasta la victoria siempre!' - was released on 5 October 2009 on Fire Records.

Close Lobsters's song "Let's Make Some Plans" was covered by the Wedding Present on the b-side of their "California" single in 1992.

In March 2012 Close Lobsters reformed to play the 2nd Madrid Popfest,[4] Glasgow, 3rd Popfest Berlin and the 2013 NYC Popfest,[5]

In May 2014, Close Lobsters played the Copenhagen Popfest.

Discography[edit]

Chart placings shown are from the UK Indie Chart.[6]

Singles/EPs[edit]

  • "Going To Heaven To See If It Rains" (1986, Fire) (#9)
  • "Never Seen Before" (1987, Fire) (#11)
  • "Let's Make Some Plans" (1987, Fire) (#17)
  • "What Is There To Smile About?" (1988, Fire) (#17)
  • "Evening Show Sessions" (1988, Night Tracks)
  • "Nature Thing" (1989, Fire)
  • "Just Too Bloody Stupid" (1989, Caff)
  • "Steel Love/ Head Above Water" (2012, Firestation Records)
  • "Kunstwerk in Spacetime" EP (2014, Shelflife Records)

Albums[edit]

  • Foxheads Stalk This Land (1987, Fire) (#12)
  • Headache Rhetoric (1989, Fire) (#7)
  • Forever Until Victory (2009, Fire)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin C.: "The Great Alternative & Indie Discography, 1999, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
  2. ^ Close Lobsters: Foxheads Stalk This Land : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin: "The Guinness Who's Who Of Indie And New Wave Music", Guinness Publishing, 1992, ISBN 0-85112-579-4
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.