The Snapdragons

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The Snapdragons (sometimes referred to as The Snapdragons UK, to distinguish them from the later US band of the same name) were an indie rock band from Leeds, England. They were led by their singer and main songwriter, James Taylor (not to be confused with The Prisoners mainman or the American singer-songwriter of the same name).

They released two albums and four singles in the late 1980s and early 1990s, while signed to the independent record label, Native Records. The album Dawn Raids on Morality was produced by Pat Collier.

In 1989, they recorded a session for the BBC Radio 1 DJ, John Peel. The band toured the UK and supported other Native Records acts, such as The Darling Buds and Richard Hawley's debut band, Treebound Story. However inconsistent performances by the band, and the departure of John Sullivan and later "Spike" Mullings, hindered the band's ability to reach a wider audience.

The follow-up album The Eternal in a Moment was a compilation of tracks from singles and EPs not found on the first album, and included "The Things You Want" and "The Eternal in a Moment", which were the band's first two singles.

A second studio album entitled Mass was recorded with Nigel Lister replacing John Sullivan on guitar. However this was not issued by Native, due to legal problems which effectively saw the demise of band.

Drummer Pel Riccardi went on to join the Utah Saints.


  • James Taylor (vocals, guitar, main songwriter)
  • John Sullivan (guitar, piano, songwriter)
  • Simon "Spike" Mullings (bass guitar)
  • Pellegrino "Pel" Riccardi (drums)


7" singles[edit]

  • 1988 "The Things You Want" - 7NTV 37
  • 1989 "The Eternal in a Moment" - 7NTV 47

12" singles[edit]

  • 1988 "The Things You Want" - 12NTV 37
  • 1989 "Dole Boys On Futons" - 12NTV 41
  • 1989 "No Expectations" - 12NTV 46
  • 1989 "The Eternal in a Moment" - 12NTV 47
  • 1989 "Dole Boys on Futons" - CD NTV 41 (3 inch CD)


  • 1989 Dawn Raids on Morality
  • 1990 The Eternal in a Moment

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