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There are two artists using this name. April Showers were a short-lived Glaswegian pop duo comprised of Jonathan Bernstein and Beatrice Colin. Releasing their only known single “Abandon Ship” on Big Star, a subsidiary of Chrysalis, in 1984 it quickly gained a cult following due to it’s sparkling production from Anne Dudley (Art of Noise) and string-heavy arrangements. This quality was echoed on B-side “Everytime We Say Goodbye” with the 12-inch featuring an instrumental of Abandon Ship “Abandon Ship Sing-A-Long-A-Wonder Mix”. Both records are now highly collectible.

Plans to release a second single on the label Operation Twilight, and the inclusion of Abandon Ship on the compilation album “10 Years Of Marina Records” seems to be a footnote to the woefully brief story of April Showers, the perfect example of a band that has disappeared into, and whose status grows with, history.

There is also an American low-fi acoustic artist going by the same name.


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  • bluemondayuk

    Camera Obscura before they were even thought of. What a lovely little Indiepop track. Production by Ann Dudley.

    15 Jul 11:37pm Reply
  • SigurdHosenfeld

    One of the greatest Neo-Acoustic singles from the 80s. Wish they released more.

    6 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Timebender

    Just the one single? :( That's too bad.

    30 Sep 2009 Reply
  • kersho

    1986, Iloilo City, Philippines-Amidst Joy D. and JAMC pummeling the environment on bootleg tapes; in comes this mysteriously beautiful song of obscure origin that encapsulates everybody from grandmas to street kid. It's addicting!

    5 Jan 2009 Reply

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