The Teardrops (UK band)

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The Teardrops
Background information
Origin Prestwich, Greater Manchester, England
Genres Punk rock, post-punk, new wave
Years active 1978–1981
Labels Bent Records
TJM Records
Blind Eye Records
Associated acts Buzzcocks, The Fall, Nuclear Angel, The Passage, Bok Bok, Public Image Ltd., Motivation
Past members Trevor Wain
John Key
Jimmy Donnelly
Steve Garvey
Martin Bramah
Karl Burns
Dave Brisbane
Tony Friel
Helen Harbrook
Dave Price

The Teardrops were a punk/new wave band formed in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, England, in 1978.[1] The founders and always the core of this band were Trevor Wain, John Key and Jimmy Donnelly with various good friends from the Prestwich music scene:- Buzzcocks bassist Steve Garvey, members of The Fall; Martin Bramah, Karl Burns and Tony Friel and former member of V2 Ian Nance, as well as occasional contributions from Dave Brisbane, Helen Harbrook, Dave Price and Rick Goldstraw.


Initially, the band line up was, (as pictured) Steve Garvey then in Buzzcocks, Martin Bramah who was in The Fall at that time, Trevor Wain, Jimmy Donnelly, John Key and Karl Burns who, at that time, was also in The Fall. It was this line-up with the addition of Dave Brisbane that recorded (at Cargo Studios) and released their debut EP, In And Out Of Fashion.[2][3] Because of contractual difficulties with The Fall the band were never able to credit Martin Bramah or Karl Burns on the record sleeve.

Due to the communal nature of the band it was not always clear who, apart Trevor Wain, Jimmy Donnelly and John Key were in the band at anyone time. By the end of 1978 Steve Garvey was committed to his work in Buzzcocks. Martin Bramah in '79 had left The Fall to form Blue Orchids with Una Baines. Karl Burns also left The Fall and continued to make a strong contribution to the band. Tony Friel who had left The Fall before they recorded to form The Passage with Dick Witts helped out on some tracks.[4] Most of the recordings at this period varied between Cargo Studios in Rochdale with John Brierly, Smile Studios and Arrow Studios in Manchester. When Graveyard Studios opened in Prestwich all subsequent recordings were done there. The Teardrops along with all their associated bands recorded there as well as a lot of other Manchester bands including Joy Division and A Certain Ratio.

By the end of 1980, The Teardrops stopped recording.

In 2010 a further set of tapes from the Graveyard Studio sessions were rediscovered and restored by Blind Eye Records. This format of the group contained the stalwarts Trevor Wain, Jimmy Donnelly and John Key along with Ian Nance. The recordings contain contributions from Steve Garvey, Martin Bramah and Karl Burns. Blind Eye Records are planning to release a series of 7" vinyls in late 2010 into early 2011.

They undertook gigs at The Russell Club (Factory Nights) in Hulme and Eric's in Liverpool with Private Sector, Fast Cars and V2.[5]


Various compilations[edit]

  • Identity Parade (1980)
  • White Dopes On Punk - 50 Punk Nuggets & New Wave Rarities (double-disc) (Castle, 2005)


  1. ^ "Albums by Teardrops: Discography, songs, biography, and listening guide". Rate Your Music. 2005-10-10. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Gimarc, George. Punk Diary: The Ultimate Trainspotter's Guide to Underground Rock, 1970–1982. Pg. 186, Backbeat Books, 2005. ISBN 0-87930-848-6, ISBN 978-0-87930-848-3. THE TEARDROPS are a new combo formed around the talents of ex-Buzzcock Steve Garvey. Their debut outing is now available on their own Bent Records label. It's a 12" EP featuring, among other cuts, "In And Out Of Fashion" and "Blueser Blue. (...)
  4. ^ "Buzzcocks". Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  5. ^ "Fast Cars Key Dates Page". Retrieved 2014-08-13. 

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