Continuing this very popular viewed series of Hidden Gems (tracks which should have been hits). I’ll present you a track via YouTube, Daily Motion, Soundcloud or another site. These posts are for the music only.
Today I thought I’d put the spotlight on this unique Sheffield band Artery whose output caught my imagination and fleeced my money. My first encounter of the band came one night whilst listening to the John Peel show. They did a session which included ‘The Ghost Of A Small Tour Boat Captain‘ and the spine chilling ‘The Clown‘. For some reason every time I hear this I think of the film Poltergeist. Mark Gouldthorpe’s theatrical vocals created this identity for them ‘Unbalanced‘ being a prime example.. The title track of their full album ‘One Afternoon In A Hot Air Balloon‘, should have come from a London musical. You have to say you either loved them or hated them as songs like ‘Being There‘ and ‘It’s Good To Be Alone‘ would drift from a pub sing along to a dark sinister beast. The band also included Simon Hinkler who would be a founder member of The Mission.
October 2011 they released a new album, 27 years after the last one called ‘Civilisation‘.
So should this have been a hit or a miss or a musical?
Bonus Video : John Peel introduces the band ‘Made In Sheffield’