The Flaming Stars

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The Flaming Stars
GenresGarage punk
Indie rock
Years active1994 - present
LabelsUK - Ace Records
Big Beat Records
Vinyl Japan
US - Alternative Tentacles
Associated actsGallon Drunk
MembersMax Décharné
Huck Whitney
Mark Hosking
Joe Whitney
Paul Dempsey
Johnny Johnson (to 1996)

The Flaming Stars are an English underground garage punk band.


The band was formed in 1994 by lead singer and Ex-Gallon Drunk drummer Max Décharné, guitarists Johnny Johnson (replaced in 1996 by Huck Whitney) and Mark Hosking, bassist Paul Dempsey, and Joe Whitney on the drums. The band was signed to the London-based, but Japanese owned, Vinyl Japan UK Ltd. The band first gained attention in Europe when they released their EP "Hospital, Heaven or Hell" which received praise from well-known English radio personalities John Peel and Steve Lamacq. Because of this, they recorded six John Peel Sessions which were released throughout the 90s and eventually released together in 2000 on a double album, The Six John Peel Sessions.[1]

In 1996, the Stars released their first album, Songs From the Bar Room Floor, which was followed by Sell Your Soul to the Flaming Stars in 1997. In 2001, The Flaming Stars released A Walk on the Wired Side, a slight departure from their previous works. The album took less from 1960s style garage rock and instead focused more on creating their own unique sound. The Stars gained a minor hit in the UK from their album A Walk on the Wired Side with the song, "Some Things You Don't Forget". The band received considerable attention in the UK's underground scene while remaining fairly unknown in the United States. The Flaming Stars released their fifth studio album, Sunset & Void, in 2002.

Two years later in 2004, the Flaming Stars released Named and Shamed, their 10th anniversary album. In early 2006, Vinyl Japan went into receivership and the Stars were signed to Big Beat Records, which is owned by Ace Records.[2] On 16 March they released their first effort on Big Beat, a 42 track compilation album London After Midnight: Singles, Rarities and Bar Room Floor-Fillers 1995-2005. In September 2006, they released their seventh studio album, Born Under A Bad Neon Sign.

The Flaming Stars played a comeback gig supporting The Nightingales at Dublin Castle, Camden on 26 October 2016.[3]


Studio albums[edit]

Singles/ EPs[edit]

  • "Hospital, Heaven or Hell" (tracks "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" / "Davy Jones' Locker" / "Like Trash" / "Revenge" - Vinyl Japan, March 1995)
  • "The Face On The Bar Room Floor" / "Get Carter" (Vinyl Japan, August 1995)
  • "Money To Burn" / "Bandit Country" / "A Hell of a Woman" / "New Shade of Black" (Vinyl Japan, December 1995)
  • "Downhill Without Brakes" / "Broken Heart" / "Eat Your Heart Out" / "Burnt Out Wreck of a Man" (Vinyl Japan, May 1996)
  • "Ten Feet Tall" / "Spaghetti Junction" (Vinyl Japan, December 1996)
  • "Bury My Heart At Pier 13" / "Down to You" (live in London) (Vinyl Japan, March 1997)
  • "New Hope For The Dead" / "Are You Being Served" (Vinyl Japan, October 1997)
  • "Sweet Smell Of Success" / "The Day The Earth Caught Fire" / "Never Missed You Tonight" / "A Place in the Sun" (Vinyl Japan, April 1998)
  • "Only Tonight" (Vinyl Japan, November 1999)
  • "You Don't Always Want What You Get" / "Saturday Night Special" (Vinyl Japan, January 2001)
  • "One Lonely Night" / "Days Like This" (Alternative Tentacles, September 2001)
  • "A Little Bit Like You" / "The Man Who Would be B.B. King" (Vinyl Japan, September 2002)
  • "Spilled Your Pint" / "Sixty Nine" (Vinyl Japan, Bang! Records, 2004)
  • "Stranger On the Fifth Floor" / "New Hope for the Dead" (live in Germany) (Vinyl Japan 2005)

Other albums[edit]

Tracks on other compilations[edit]

  • The Face on the Bar Room Floor appeared on "Various Artists do the Nuclear Tests in Paris and Beijing" (Vinyl Japan, 1995) NB The Earls of Suave track "A Cheat" also appears on the same CD. The Earls featured most of The Flaming Stars members.[4]
  • Bring Me the Rest of Alfredo Garcia appears on the 'CD magazine' "Volume 15" (Volume, 1995)
  • Back of My Mind appeared on "Cowpunks" (Vinyl Junkie, 1996)
  • Like Trash appeared on "What Did You Come Down Here For? Music from Club Zitt" (Genki, 1996)
  • A Hell of a Woman appeared on "Plan Boom" (What's That Noise, 1998)
  • "Spilled Your Pint" appeared on "Sci-Fi Lo-Fi Vol.1: Mixed By Andrew Weatherall" (Soma, 2007)


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  3. ^ "2016 gig".
  4. ^ The Earls of Suave discography on Discogs

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