The Motorcycle Boy

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The Motorcycle Boy were an indie pop band formed in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1987 by former members of Meat Whiplash and The Shop Assistants.

History[edit]

The band consisted of Alex Taylor (vocals, formerly of The Shop Assistants), with Paul McDermott (drums), Michael Kerr (guitar), and Eddy Connelly (bass) (all formerly of Meat Whiplash), and David "Scottie" Scott (guitar).[1] They were signed by Rough Trade Records, who issued their debut single, "Big Rock Candy Mountain", which reached number 2 in the UK Independent Chart.[2] The band were then signed up by Chrysalis Records, with two singles and debut album Scarlet that was never released, but failed to achieve great success despite considerable press attention.[3] The band then split with Chrysalis, with one further single released on the Nymphaea Pink label in 1990, before the band themselves split up.[1]

The band oddly made the cover of the NME on September 19, 1987, despite only having a brief half-page feature. This was because the entire contents of a themed issue on censorship (which would have had a painting used on the Dead Kennedys' album Frankenchrist, then the subject of an obscenity trial in the United States, on the cover) had themselves been censored, with Stuart Cosgrove sacked from the paper, and a new cover had to be designed at very short notice.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Big Rock Candy Mountain" (7") (1987) Rough Trade RT 210 (UK #85)
    • A. Big Rock Candy Mountain - 3:13
    • B. Room At The Top - 3:55
  • "Big Rock Candy Mountain" (12") (1987) Rough Trade RTT 210
    • A. Big Rock Candy Mountain (Velocity Dance Mix) - 4:40
    • B1. Room At The Top - 3:55
    • B2. His Latest Flame - 2:18
    • B3. Big Rock Candy Mountain (7" Mix) - 3:13
  • "Trying To Be Kind" (7") (26 June 1989) Chrysalis CHS 3310
    • A. Trying To Be Kind
    • B. world Falls Into Place
  • "Trying To Be Kind" (12") (26 June 1989) Chrysalis CHS 12 3310
    • A. Trying To Be Kind (Extended Mix)
    • B1. World Falls Into Place
    • B2. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
    • B3. Trying To Be Kind (1,000cc Version)
  • "You And Me Against The World" (7") (1989) Chrysalis CHS 3398
    • A. You And Me Against The World
    • B. Under The Bridge
  • "You And Me Against The World" (12″) (1989) Chrysalis CHS 12 3398
    • A. You And Me Against The World
    • B1. Under The Bridge
    • B2. Some Girls
    • B3. You And Me Against The World (Extended Mix)
  • "The Road Goes On Forever" (12") (1990) Nymphaea Pink Sensation NPS T001
    • A1. Starlight - 3:20
    • A2. Starlight (Paradise A Go-Go Mix) - 5:05
    • B1. The Road Goes On Forever (Overdrive Karma Mix) - 5:16
    • B2. Salvation - 3:13
    • B3. The Road Goes On Forever- 3:26
  • "Here She Comes" (12") (1990) Nymphaea Pink Sensation NPS T002
    • A. Here She Comes
    • B1. Everything I See
    • B3. The Road Goes On Forever (Live)

Albums[edit]

  • Scarlet (1989) Chrysalis
  • 1. Hey Mama
  • 2. Baby Let Go Of My Heart
  • 3. The World Falls Into Place
  • 4. Valentine
  • 5. No Pain
  • 6. Take Me For A Walk
  • 7. Some Girls
  • 8. Under The Bridge
  • 9. Trying To Be Kind
  • 10. Scarlet
  • 11. Big Rock Candy Mountain
  • 12. Up Here

Appearance on Compilation Albums[edit]

  • "Indie Top 20 Volume III - War Of Independents" (2LP) (1988) Beechwood Music TT03
    • A6. Big Rock Candy Mountain - 3:13
  • "Indie Top 20 Volume III - War Of Independents" (2Cass) (1988) Beechwood Music, Melody Maker TT03MC
    • A6. Big Rock Candy Mountain
  • "Art Of Compilation CD 7" (CD, Promo) (1991) Art Of Mix CD 7
    • 7. Here She Comes (Digi Boy Mix) - 6:51
  • "Precision Three" (12", Promo) (1991) Art Of Mix AMP-9003
    • A2. Here She Comes (Digi Boy Mix)

Bibliography[edit]

  • "Shop Assistants, The Fizzbombs, The Motorcycle Boy" chapter in YinPop: Women in Indie and Alternative Rock, Vol. 1: UK Bands (2014), by S. White. Fly-By-Night Books, ISBN 978-0-9905386-0-8, pp. 131-148.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie Discography. Canongate. ISBN 0-86241-913-1. 
  2. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Indie and New Wave Music. Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-579-4.