The Weeds (UK band)

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The Weeds
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Indie pop
Years active 1986
Labels In Tape
Associated acts The Fall, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, Ian Brown
Past members Simon Wolstencroft
Andrew Berry
Nick Arrojo
Carrie Lawson

The Weeds were a short-lived indie pop band formed in Manchester, England in 1986 who were "fronted by Andrew Berry...'China Doll' was their debut single and they had split up before it had even been released".[1]

The band featured Simon Wolstencroft; latterly of The Fall[2] and The Stone Roses, Andrew Berry - a close friend of Johnny Marr and Morrissey,[3] Nick Arrojo and Carrie Lawson - one time girlfriend of early Fall drummer Karl Burns.[2][4]

Berry and Wolstencroft formed the band in 1986 and played several gigs around Manchester (including supporting Happy Mondays at FAC 151 - The Festival of The Tenth Summer)[5] at the start of the year before recording and releasing their only single "China Doll" on Marc Riley's In Tape label;[6] however, before the single was actually released Wolstencroft was recruited by Mark E Smith to join The Fall following a successful support slot.[7]

Berry and Arrojo were employed at various times as hairdressers at The Haçienda club in Manchester.[8][9]


  1. ^ Lazell, Barry. "Indie Hits: The Complete UK Singles and Album Independent Charts, 1980-89" Cherry Red books; ISBN 978-0-9517206-9-1.
  2. ^ a b The Fall Online "The Fall Biography" accessed 18 February 2009
  3. ^ UnCut Magazine 04/99 "Getting Away With It" Accessed 18 February 2009
  4. ^ Because Midway Still Aren't Coming Back "The Weeds" Accessed 18 February 2009
  5. ^ FAC 151 "Fac 151 The Festival of The Tenth Summer"
  6. ^ "In Tape Discography" at Accessed 19 February 2009
  7. ^ Simpson, Dave "The Fallen: Life In and Out of Britain’s Most Insane Group: Searching for the Missing Members of The Fall" Canongate Books, 2008 ISBN 978-1-84767-049-6.
  8. ^ Something for the weekend "Haçienda Hairdressers No. 3 accessed 18 February 2009"
  9. ^ Something for the weekend "Haçienda Hairdressers No. 1 accessed 18 February 2009"