March 18

Chapterhouse unleashed their classic single ‘Pearl’, which added John Bonham, Schoolly D and Rachel Goswell to one of the finest collections of effects pedals in the Thames Valley. Meanwhile, Moose, also put out their debut EP, before the two bands set off on tour together.

Both bagged Single of the Week in Melody Maker, who described the former as “a terrific pop record” and said of the latter: “Not since The Jesus And Mary Chain has there been a debut of such glowing, commanding beauty.” 

NME, meanwhile, ruthlessly dismissed them both. ‘Pearl’ was, apparently, “a sleepwalking sort of song that never gleams”, while Moose were “pedestrian and about as subversive as toothpaste”.

Below is them playing ‘Jack’ from the EP live at the T&C2 (now the Garage) in London on February 14 and broadcast on Snub TV on March 4.


Also out on the same day was Strange Free World, the second album by Kitchens Of Distinction. Although they weren’t really a part of the scene, one listen to Julian Swales’ guitar on the opening track ‘Railwayed’ proves they were singing from the same hymnbook.

This one got amazing reviews – Melody Maker said it was “just about perfect” and that “pop music simply doesn’t get much more poetic, intelligent and compelling”, while in the NME Stuart Maconie gave it a not to be sniffed at 9/10. It still sounds incredible today.