The Bathers (band)
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Thomson secured a deal with Go! Discs Records and released the debut album Unusual Places To Die in 1987. The album gained an enthusiastic reception, but label politics limited its success. Thomson went back to the drawing board and produced the follow-up Sweet Deceit. The album was released in 1990 by Island Records and was, again, critically acclaimed. A flirtation with two key members of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions followed in the form of the Bloomsday album Fortuny.
The Bathers then signed to the German label Marina Records and three albums were released – Lagoon Blues (1993), Sunpowder (1995) and Kelvingrove Baby (1997) – by a new band that now included string players and arrangers Mark Wilson and Iain White, keyboard player Carlo Scattini and percussionist Hazel Morrison. Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins recorded several tracks with the band on 1995's Sunpowder, and performed live with them in Glasgow.
Thomson enjoyed a good relationship with Marina, but felt that a label nearer home would be preferable. The Bathers' sixth album, Pandemonia appeared on Wrasse Records in 1999. The label also released Desire Regained in 2001, a compilation of twenty re-recordings of the band's best known work.
2010 saw the imminent release of new Bathers material, the first in nine years, from a collective including key musicians from the 'classic' Marina era line-up. The last known configuration of the group featured Thomson on lead vocal and guitar, Callum McNair on electric guitar, Hazel Morrison on drums and vocals, Iain White (violin, viola), Barry Overstreet (saxophone), Robert Henderson (trumpet), and Ken McHugh (bass).
- Unusual Places To Die (Go! Discs) 1987
- Sweet Deceit (Island Records) 1990
- Lagoon Blues (Marina Records) 1993
- Sunpowder (Marina Records) 1995
- Kelvingrove Baby (Marina Records) 1997
- Pandemonia (Wrasse Records) 1999
- Desire Regained (Wrasse Records) 2001
- "Fancy Dress" (Go! Discs) 1987