Thousand Yard Stare (band)

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Thousand Yard Stare
1000 Yard Stare.jpg
Thousand Yard Stare, 1992
Background information
Origin Slough, England
Genres Alternative rock
Indie pop
Years active 1989–1993
Labels Stifled Aardvark Co. Records
Polydor Records
Past members Stephen Barnes (vocals)
Dominic Bostock (drums)
Giles Duffy (lead guitar)
Kevin Moxon (rhythm guitar)
Sean McDonough (bass guitar)
Alex Lidgate (rhythm guitar replaced by Kevin Moxon)

Thousand Yard Stare were an English band from Slough, Berkshire active during the early 1990s, prior to the Britpop explosion. Supporting popular bands on the indie circuit such as James and Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, the band also released several EPs.

History[edit]

The band's debut effort, the Weatherwatching EP was released in November 1990 on Stifled Aardvark Records, the band's own record label. Both the Easter 89 and Tumbletown EPs were demo tapes made up by the band and sold at gigs prior to their first official release, the 12" vinyl only Weatherwatching. In a response to this record, NME nominated Thousand Yard Stare as "brightest hope for the future".[citation needed] Following in June 1991, the Keepsake EP reached the top spot in both the NME and Melody Maker independent charts. That summer the band performed at the Reading Festival, further raising their profile and leading to their stint as support for James in October and November of that year. In the Autumn, the band began the sessions for their first album, the first fruit of which was another EP. Seasonstream EP was released on Stifled Aardvark Records in 1991, their last independent release on their own label. The Seasonstream EP began with a track titled "0-0 a.e.t", (which means "No Score After Extra Time"), a football metaphor laden song that featured Martin Bell of The Wonder Stuff on fiddle. This single again topped the Indie music charts, and reached number 65 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] With the backing of the major label Polydor, Thousand Yard Stare went on to release a further three EPs, and two studio albums. (Hands On and Mappamundi) were both produced by Stephen Street, who had already produced records for The Smiths and Blur.

However, neither of the albums made much of an inroad into the mainstream market, and the band became eclipsed by the burgeoning Britpoppers such as Suede, Blur and Elastica, and Mappamundi proved to be their final release.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Fair to Middling (1992 - LP/CD - compilation of Weatherwatching, Keepsake and Seasonstream EPs.)
  • Hands On (1992 - LP (some with free 10" Live EP) /CD/Cassette) Aard 008
  • Mappamundi (1993 - LP/CD/Cassette)

EPs[edit]

  • Easter 89 EP Aard 001 (1989 - demo cassette only)
  • Tumbletown EP Aard 002 (1990 - demo cassette only)
  • Weatherwatching EP Aard 003 (1990 - 12" vinyl only release)
  • Keepsake EP Aard 004 (1991 - CD/12"/10" release)
  • Seasonstream EP Aard 005 (1991 - CD/12"/Limited Edition Blue Vinyl 10" release)
  • White Label EP Aard 006 (1991 - one sided 12" vinyl available at the band's London ULU gig in November 1991)
  • Comeuppance EP Aard 007 (1992 - 7"/CD/12"/Limited Edition Red Vinyl 10" release)
  • Live Bootleg EP Aard 009 (1992 - 10" only, available as a limited edition with early copies of 'Hands On', or from the bands mail order store)
  • Spindrift EP Aard 010 (1992 - CD/12"/Limited Edition Green Vinyl 10"/Limited Edition Clear Vinyl 10" release)
  • Version of Me EP (1993 - 2 x CD/12" release)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 558. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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