Flesh for Lulu

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Flesh for Lulu
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Nick Marsh and Kevin Mills of Flesh for Lulu during a dinner interview in San Francisco, 1987
Background information
Origin Brixton, London, England
Genres Alternative rock, gothic rock, new wave
Years active 1982–1992, 2013–present
Labels Polydor, Beggars Banquet, Capitol
Website Official website
Members Nick Marsh
Will Crewdson
Mark Bishop
Keith McAndrew
Past members James Mitchell
Kevin Mills
Glen Bishop
Rocco Barker
Mike Steed
Hans Persson
Derek "Del Strangefish" Greening[1]

Flesh for Lulu is a rock band formed in Brixton, London, UK, active between 1982 and 1992, and more recently since 2013, having reformed with a new lineup. Their music was a mix of the New York Dolls and Rolling Stones with gothic rock's gloomy atmosphere and aesthetics.

History[edit]

Nick Marsh (vocals and guitar) and James Mitchell (drums) formed the band and soon recruited Rocco (originally from Wasted Youth, guitar and vocals), and Glen Bishop (bass),[1] taking their name from an American cult movie.[2] They signed to Polydor Records in 1983, and soon thereafter, bassist Glen Bishop left to join Under Two Flags, and was replaced by Kevin Mills (formerly of Specimen).[1]

The label dropped them a year later after their eponymous first album failed to find any commercial success.[1]

Nick Marsh onstage in San Francisco, 1987

In 1985, the band signed to Hybrid Records and released a mini LP, Blue Sisters Swing, which was produced with Craig Leon. The cover image of two nuns kissing resulted in the album being banned in the United States and Europe.[2] Flesh for Lulu then joined Statik records, who released Big Fun City later that year.

The following year, the band signed to Beggars Banquet Records, and their song "I Go Crazy" was featured in Some Kind of Wonderful and saw some airplay on American college rock radio stations. This allowed Flesh for Lulu to sustain a successful tour of the US.

In 1989, "Decline and Fall" followed and became a top 15 hit on the new Modern Rock Tracks chart. The next year, "Time and Space" written by newest member Del Strangefish (ex-Peter and the Test Tube Babies guitarist)[3] became their biggest US hit, hitting the top 10 of the Modern Rock chart, but the song failed to chart on any other US chart. After Capitol Records dropped the band, a record deal with Hollywood Records fell through. The band disbanded soon after with singer Nick Marsh stating, "The reason Flesh really split up is because there wasn't a definite...to coin the oldest cliché of them all, there were musical differences. That's true, there were two separate trains of thought."

The song "Postcards from Paradise" was covered by Paul Westerberg as a secret bonus track on his 2002 album "Stereo". Unfortunately, the 'secretness' of the cover meant zero royalties for Flesh, and as the original publishers remain unwilling to provide any accounting to the band, the real extent of their dues in this instance remain unknown. The Goo Goo Dolls also covered the same song, which will be part of a "deluxe edition" release of their 2010 album Something for the Rest of Us available on the band's website.

Gigantic[edit]

In 1996, Nick Marsh and Rocco formed a new band they called Gigantic, recruiting Dave Blair on bass and Al Fletcher on drums. Columbia Records signed them, and put them on tour with the Goo Goo Dolls and Bush. Their first album was a commercial flop, and the group disbanded in 1998.

Since the breakup of Gigantic, Nick Marsh has released a solo album and performs with the bourbon-soaked gypsy bop and stroll band Urban Voodoo Machine. Rocco joined a band called The Space Police with reggae/jungle artist General Levy and Italian keyboardist and producer Dr. Cat (aka Luca Gatti).

In 2007, Gigantic's one and only album, Disenchanted, originally released in 1996 on Columbia Records, was repackaged and reissued on Corporate Risk as Gigantic under the Flesh for Lulu name.

Rocco was featured on the Channel 4 series A Place in Spain: Costa Chaos.[4]

Reformation[edit]

In 2013, Nick Marsh reformed Flesh for Lulu[5] with a new line-up consisting of Marsh (vocals/guitar), Mark Bishop (drums), Keith McAndrew (bass) and Will Crewdson (guitar).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Roman Candle EP (1983, Polydor)
  • Flesh for Lulu (1984, Polydor)
  • Big Fun City (1985, Statik)
  • Blue Sisters Swing EP (1985, Hybrid)
  • Long Live the New Flesh (1987, Beggars Banquet UK, Capitol US)
  • Plastic Fantastic (1989, Beggars Banquet UK, Capitol US)
  • Gigantic (2007) (reissue under Flesh for Lulu name)

Singles[edit]

  • "Roman Candle" (1983, Polydor)
  • "Subterraneans" (1984, Polydor)
  • "Restless" (1984, Polydor)
  • "Baby Hurricane" (1985, Statik)
  • "Idol" (1986, Beggars Banquet)
  • "Siamese Twist" (1987, Beggars Banquet)
  • "Postcards from Paradise" (1987, Beggars Banquet)
  • "I Go Crazy" (1987, Beggars Banquet)
  • "Decline and Fall" (1989, Beggars Banquet)
  • "Time and Space" (1990, Beggars Banquet)
  • "Every Little Word" (1990, Capitol)

Compilation appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C.: "The Great Alternative & Indie Discography", 1999, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
  2. ^ a b Larkin, Colin: "The Guinness Who's Who of Indie and New Wave Music", 1992, Guinness Publishing, ISBN 0-85112-579-4
  3. ^ "BMI Repertoire Search". repertoire.bmi.com. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Dawn & Rocco – A Place in Spain: Costa Chaos, Channel 4". Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  5. ^ Official Facebook page

External links[edit]