THE PALE FOUNTAIN'S ENTRY IN THE ROUGH GUIDE TO ROCK

If there were any justice, Michael Head would be an acknowledged giant in any British rock history – but, alas he and his band, The Pale Fountains, never quite made it beyond footnote status. Looking back, it’s hard to resist the conclusion that Head’s lovingly crafted , Latin-tinged pop songs – with their light, breezy choruses evoking the sunny optimism of the mid-60’s and the orchestrated arrangements of Burt Bacharach – were released a decade too early.

Still, things looked promising at the outset, as the Fountains – Head (guitar/vocals), Chris McCaffery (bass), Thomas Whelan (drums) and Andy Diagram (trumpet) were snapped up by Virgin Records for a staggering £150,000 after issuing a solitary single (There’s Always) Something on my Mind/Just a Girl (1982) on an indie label. The Liverpool-born Head was already – and a tad prematurely – being talked of as new Lennon for the 80s.

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Zilch (1988)
1. Emergency (listen)
2. Someone’s Knocking (listen)
3. John Kline (listen)
4. I Need You (listen)
5. Realization (listen)
6. High Rise Low Life (listen)
7. Who Killed Clayton Square? (listen)
8. Who’d Believe It? (listen)
9. What’s It Like… (listen)
10. The Believers (listen)