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Carmel

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There are several artists that go under the name Carmel:
1) A British female singer, her eponymous band Carmel uniting bassist Jim Parris, and drummer Gerry Darby.
2) An electronic pop duo from Argentina.

1) The band formed in Manchester twenty six years ago during an interesting time when punk had lost steam, and change was in the wind. Two students with music in their soul, Carmel McCourt and Jim Parris got together and with drummer Gerry Darby (Jim’s cousin) began a long career of defeating definition.

Their first single - “Storm” - reached No. 1 in the independent charts and Carmel was signed immediately to London Records. Their first album “The Drum is Everything” (produced by Mike Thorne) drew praise for the fiery passion of all three members. Parris and Darby remarkably conjured the effect of a full ensemble backing to McCourt’s powerful vocals and were able to alternate between soulful ballads, gospel, blues and stomping jazz. The singles “Bad Day” and “More More More” both went Top 25 in the UK. The following album, “The Falling” (produced by Brian Eno, Hugh Jones, David Motion) made Carmel one of the biggest names in France achieving Gold status as well as charting in Belgium, Germany and Holland. “Sally” the first single lifted from the album sold 500.000 copies in France alone. With the critical and commercial success awarded both “The Falling” and the next album “Everybody’s Got A Little Soul”, producers queued up to work with Carmel.

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  • pollepet

    Absolutely great

    2 Apr 2:10pm Reply
  • pollepet

    they are phantastic

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • mroberts60

    I need to convert my Carmel LPs to digital so I can listen to them again!

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
  • EdgeZ

    Oh give more more more more more

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • pogopatterson

    Re the ARTIST blurb. This was indeed a time when there was little in the way of Youth movements or musical bandwagons, either media generated or bubbling up from the streets. That is probably why the middle ground was dominated by pure pop and ironically why it translates so well to modern audiences.

    27 Mar 2010 Reply
  • emcxmc

    It's all in the game

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
  • pgjesper

    forgot to say, please come back.

    2 Jun 2009 Reply
  • pgjesper

    I'm not Afraid of u is still one of my all time faves. Still played on vinyl, but waht a masterpiece.

    2 Jun 2009 Reply
  • fergusmcphail

    Is it a sin? Is it a crime, loving you Carmel like I do?

    9 Jun 2008 Reply

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