Tuesday, December 25, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Mighty Lemon Drops

Artist:The Mighty Lemon Drops
Song:My Biggest Thrill
Album:Happy Head/Out Of Hand

The British group The Mighty Lemon Drops had modest success in the 80s but never really broke through to commercial success. The band they were frequently compared to was Echo & The Bunnymen. The Mighty Lemon Drops were from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. In 1982, lead singer and rhythm guitarist Paul Marsh, lead guitarist David Newton and bassist Tony Linehan had the band Active Restraint. Newton left to found The Wild Flowers. But he left after The Wild Flowers 1984 debut album The Joy Of It All and reunited with Marsh and Linehan. At first the band was called Sherbet Monsters and then The Mighty Lemon Drops. Drummer Keith Rowley joined in 1985. Newton and Linehan wrote all the songs. The music was heavily influenced by 60s psychedelic music and dominated by Newton's jangly guitar. A 1985 independent single got them a British record deal with the Chrysalis Records label Blue Guitar. and in the US they signed with Sire Records with Warner Bros. distribution. Their 1986 debut album Happy Head charted in England and so did the three singles from the album including My Biggest Thrill. But they never entered the higher end of the charts and were dropped by Chrysalis after three albums. Sire released Happy Head and the EP Out Of Hand as a twofer and that is available on CD from the reissue label Wounded Bird. Linehan left in 1990 and was replaced by Marcus Williams. After two more albums, The Mighty Lemon Drops split up in 1992. David Newton moved to Los Angeles in 1995 and formed Revolux with former The The guitarist Keith Joyner. His current band is David Newton and Thee Mighty Angels. He also produces other artists at his recording studio in Burbank and has composed music for TV. Paul Marsh is a recording engineer and the other two guys left the music business. The Mighty Lemon Drops were overlooked in the 80s and are worth checking out. Here's the video for My Biggest Thrill by The Mighty Lemon Drops.

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