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The Popinjays
Wendy Robinson and Polly Hancock
Background information
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres Indie pop
Years active 1988–1994
Labels One Little Indian Records
Epic Records (US)
Members Wendy Robinson vocals
Polly Hancock vocals, guitar

Popinjays were a British indie pop band, active between 1988 and 1994, the majority of whose records were released on the One Little Indian Records label in the UK, and Epic/One Little Indian in the US.


The band was formed by Wendy Robinson (vocals) and Polly Hancock (vocals, guitar), initially with a drum machine, and a girl called Emma on bass guitar. This line-up recorded their debut "Don't Go Back" EP (released on Big Cat records in August 1988).[1] They then recruited Dana Baldinger, who replaced Emma, and signed to One Little Indian, releasing the "Perfect Dream Home" single. Baldinger left, to be replaced by Anne Rogers. In December 1989, the British music magazine, NME reported that the Popinjays, along with others such as Power of Dreams, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine and The Charlatans, were their pick as 'stars of tomorrow'.[2]

Their debut album Bang Up To Date With The Popinjays was issued in April 1990. 1991 saw further line-up changes, with Rogers being replaced briefly by Emma Newton, who was subsequently replaced by ex-Airhead bassist Ben Kesteven, and with drummer, Seamus Feeney, ousting the drum machine, remaining until the band split up in 1994. Emma Newton now plays guitar and sings in her own band 'The Archie Newton Trio'. Polly Hancock went on to become a DJ and photographer.[3]



Year Title Chart positions Album
US Modern Rock
1988 "Don't Go Back"
1990 "Perfect Dream Home" Bang up to Date with the Popinjays
"Vote Elvis" 17
1991 "Please Let Me Go" Bang up to Date with the Popinjays
1992 "Monster Mouth" Flying down to Mono Valley
"Too Jung"
1992 "I'm a Believer"


  • Bang up to Date with the Popinjays (1990, One Little Indian)
  • Flying Down to Mono Valley (1992, One Little Indian)
  • Tales from the Urban Prairie (1994, One Little Indian)


  1. ^ Strong, Martin C.:"The Great Alternative & Indie Discography", 1999, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
  2. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 463. CN 5585. 
  3. ^ http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/ham-high-life/pane_vino_is_the_perfect_place_for_a_popinjay_1_1711702