THE PALE FOUNTAIN'S ENTRY IN VIRGIN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EIGHTIES MUSIC

Formed in Liverpool in the early 80s by songwriter Michael Head (guitar/vocals) and Chris McCaffery (bass) with Thomas Whelan (drums) and Andy Diagram, formerly of Dislocation Dance and the Diagram Brothers.

Having been assimilated into the early 80s quiet pop/Bossa Nova movement, Pale Fountains also drew upon such influences as The Beatles, Mama and the Papas and Love, but were probably better known for wearing short baggy trousers. Previously on the Operation Twilight label, the group attempted to break into the big time when they signed to Virgin Records.

Despite this lucrative move, this highly touted group never broke out of their cult status. Their highest national chart position was the UK Top 50 Thank You in 1982.

This entry also appears in the Guinness Who’s Who of Indie and New Wave.

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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)