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Henry's Final Dream[edit]

Henry’s Final Dream were a 1980s London indie rock band who played the college circuit and recorded two EP’s with the Eskimo Vinyl label. They took their name from the cult movie, Eraserhead.


Their sound was described by Paul Morley of New Musical Express as “go-getting sax stirred art-pop… Airy melodies, self-conscious lyrics, an early Undertones with pretension – could one day be sublime.” [1]. Sheffield fanzine NMX commented, “Sounds to me (like) The Distractions too stoned to play properly and put through a fuzz-box. I like it, very much.” [2]


Henry’s Final Dream were formed in the crucible of a student musical appreciation society, set up originally to squeeze beer money out of the Student Union. However, the band quickly realised there was more money to be made taking their brand of anarchic indie pop to the masses. This proved to be a shrewd move, and the resulting 1 pound 75 pence was put towards a recording session which produced their first EP in the summer of 1980, Indian Summer. This was followed in early 1981 with their second EP, I Couldn’t Jump. Ilford indie mag Outlet described I Couldn’t Jump as “a haunting theme and a fizzing sax solo”[3], and The St Alban’s Review and Advertiser said it was “fun… a cut above the all-out punk thrash of most such records.”[4]


A bootleg recording of the band’s legendary appearance upstairs at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Club in 1981 is also known to be in existence, though something of a rarity.


The band members met in the late seventies as students at the Polytechnic of Central London. Peter Millward wrote their original material, and was guitarist, vocalist and all-round front-man. Martin Pavey played bass guitar, Tiffer Breakey, drums, and Gary Bryson tenor sax, harmonica and occasional vocals.


Peter Millward now lives and works in Hong Kong where he runs Drum Music with partner and friend Eddie Chung, He also records his own music under the name Celestial, which he reluctantly describes as "asian dub". Martin Pavey is believed to now run his own music company in the UK, Tiffer Breakey lives and works in England, and Gary Bryson is a journalist and author living and working in Sydney. His latest novel is Turtle, published by Allen & Unwin.


References

1. Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 9/08/80

2. NMX no. 16, August, 1980

3. Outlet no. 20, August 1980

4. Pete Sutton, [[The St Alban's Review and Advertiser]], 7/08/80

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