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There are two acts called Alfie: one from the UK and one from Norway.

1) Alfie were a Manchester based indie-folk band. They were originally signed to Twisted Nerve records, but moved to Regal/Parlophone Records. On October 26 2005, they announced they were breaking up: http://www.nme.com/news/alfie/21358

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* Lee Gorton (vocals)
* Ian Smith (guitar)
* Matt McGeever (guitar, cello)
* Sam Morris (bass, keyboards, french horn)
* Sean Kelly (drums)

a much loved but now sorely missed, one off, northwest/midlands hybrid of instinctive salfordian folkies and classicaly trained, satirical, psychedelic enthusiasts. did 2 albums on manchesters finest and most influential independant label, twisted nerve. their debut, ‘if you happy with you need do nothing’ was a sketchy, low-fi, but charming collection of 3 early e.p’s that was then followed up with their twisted nerve debut proper, ‘a word in your ear’. this record saw the band move a leap closer to the string and harmony drenched, sunshine psychedelia they were planning for their 3rd album, their debut record on regal/parlophone, ‘do you imagine things?’. none of these albums sold particulary well so the band did their best and put together their 4th long player, ‘crying at teatime’. this record was much bolder but still bore their, by now familiar, lacadaisical, unpretentious, soothing, yada, yada, yada sound, soooo… as this was supposed to be their debut into the pop world everybody decided that it was all much too odd, all round, so they did the decent thing, (rather than bending to the celebrity ruled world of a.

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  • LittleGib

    Yes, A Word In Your Ear is absolutely adorable!

    2 Mar 12:19pm Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Well I absolutely adore A Word In Your Ear!

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • LittleGib

    1 shout in 3 years!! This band still doesn't get the attention their talent deserves.

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • brownieboy

    I had some of their CD singles and the B-sides are really great, "The reverse Midas Touch" on the "You Make No Bones" Single was cool.

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Jinsie

    everyone drooling over the Beatles remasters when we had the poifict 21st century Manc equivalent all along. @aberlineproject, try Soulseek

    16 Sep 2009 Reply
  • cara__

    missyoulots.

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • brownieboy

    stuntman nice toon, I'm a human kangaroo

    29 Jun 2009 Reply
  • marianavrotskay

    !!!

    16 Mar 2009 Reply
  • aberlineproject

    Do you have 'Dont be blue' by any chance? It's a bside and absolutely brilliant! Recently I lost the file on my puter :( Now am gutted and have tried searching for it everywhere! Any luck? Thanks! A_P

    30 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Jamzar

    I managed to pick up A Word In Your Ear and Do You Imagine Things? For £5 total today I love this band

    9 Dec 2008 Reply
  • ncrln81

    \o/ love them!

    29 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ThomasAdam

    Nah -- I am sure they will reform at some point. But their music styles were so varied across the different albums. I still like Ifyouhappywithyouneeddonothing; i found A Word in Your Ear to be too polished.

    7 Sep 2008 Reply
  • 1treehillbilly

    i met Lee at Green Man this weekend a couple of times ...what a top top man...he was as lovely as the cider and that was darn good. I agree that they were amazing live and its criminal they did'nt succeed. The 12000 listeners on here should have gone to see them a bit more.

    21 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Barbiebondbabe

    It's so nice to read messages from other Alfie fans. They truely are a fantastic and original and brill band. I love the Beep Seals too but wish Alfie would reform! A Word in your Ear is highly recommended! They were basically too good, they were up against so many mediore rubbish bands that they weren't recognised for their talent. I'm glad they are mostly still in music, they deserve success x

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • princess_six

    i suddenly love them *3*

    18 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Fudging

    I picked this at random from my sister's collection. She has good taste, obviously.

    28 Mar 2008 Reply
  • superfurrybren

    id say go for 'do you imagine things' next. cant go wrong with any of them tho

    10 Nov 2007 Reply
  • kristur

    How do the albums stack up, I've only got 'Crying...' and am hungry for more. Recommendations?

    1 Nov 2007 Reply
  • superfurrybren

    Lee is doin alot of work for other bands at the moment, heres the link to his gigs/label type thing check it out.. all good http://myspace.com/downattheredbricks also HIGHLY recommended are Ian from alfie's new band the beep seals: http://myspace.com/beepseals - furious pop!! they have 2 singles released, and they have revived a couple of old alfie tunes that never got used.

    22 Oct 2007 Reply
  • 1treehillbilly

    i see lee pottering around at the Green Man festival with beard and ponco very cool. Apparently he is the leader of some indie/folk night in a club in Soho. I was gutted the band had to split up but hey no one seemed to appreciate the music, which is a damn shame as they are all fine musicians.

    22 Oct 2007 Reply
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