The Chrysanthemums (band)

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The Chrysanthemums in Vienna, 1991

The Chrysanthemums[1] were an English art-pop group active between 1987 and 1998. The project began as a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist Terry Burrows (known in the band as "Yukio Yung") and Alan Jenkins, the leader of The Deep Freeze Mice. The first releases were performed in the studio by Burrows and Jenkins alone. Other personnel were gradually added, including Vladimir Zajkowiecz on bass, Robyn Gibson on drums and Jonathan Lemon on keyboards, enabling them to complete several tours of mainland Europe, where there was most interest in their work.

The music was a blend of psychedelic pop, punk and elements of progressive rock. Lyrics were often surreal in nature, and delivered by Burrows in classic laconic English tones reminiscent of Ray Davies, Robyn Hitchcock or Syd Barrett.

The original band became inactive in the mid-1990s. Burrows and Zajkowiecz later reconnected - along with Andy Ward, drummer with Camel, Marillion and The Bevis Frond - to record an album and single as Chrys&themums, creating a sound largely indistinguishable from the band's earlier releases.

Burrows continued to record as Yukio Yung but now works largely in the field of experimental music .[2] Since the late-1990s he has also become a prolific and successful author. Jenkins formed The Creams and opened a recording studio in Leicester, England. His most recent project was guitar instrumental band, The Thurston Lava Tube.

A number of The Chrysanthemums' tracks also feature R. Stevie Moore, cult one-man-band and pioneer of lo-fi home recording. Moore and Burrows continue to record together as The Yung & Moore Show.

In 2010, German music magazine MusikExpress placed them at number 23 in their list of the most underrated bands of all time. [3]

Discography[edit]

  • Mouth Pain (1987 single)
  • Is That A Fish On Your Shoulder Or Are You Just Pleased To See Me? (1987 album)
  • The **** Sessions (1988 12-inch single)
  • Little Flecks Of Foam Around Barking (1988 double album)
  • Picasso's Problem/Live at London Palladium (1990 mini album)
  • Porcupine Quills (1991 single)
  • Odessey and Oracle (1992 album)
  • Chrysanthemums Go Germany/Insekt Insekt (1995 album)
  • The Baby's Head (as Chrys&themums) (1997 album)
  • A Thousand Tiny Pieces (as Chrys&themums) (1997 single)

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