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A cult British pop group from Penzance, England. Operating from a base in St Pauls, Bristol. They performed sporadic concerts in Britain and Europe from 1977 to 1988, often supporting bands such as James, Marc Riley and the Creepers, A Certain Ratio, The Blue Aeroplanes and The Brilliant Corners.

They eventually released one 12 inch single called ‘aaah, you are as light as a feather’ in 1985 and a vinyl album, ‘made to be devoured’ in 1987. John Peel played a track off the initial single but said that he ‘wished the group had a simpler name, like the Moody Blues’’ and never played another of the group’s recordings.

They also played at the Glastonbury festival in 1988, but only on the ‘warm-up’ Thursday. It rained heavily and the only sound between songs was the buzz of scrambling motorbikes in an adjacent field. The group’s manager and one of their girlfriends stood alone, watching from under a large golf umbrella.
“At the end though, the last few songs, when the sun came out and all these people wrapped in bin liners appeared from nowhere, nodding their heads and shaking the rain out of their hair. We had back stage passes for the whole festival but we went home as soon as we’d finished playing. We played the Ashton Court festival a few times of course, when it was free, before it turned into the total shit that it is now. We even played second to last on the main stage Saturday night once. The review in the paper said we ‘went down like a fart in a spacesuit.’ It was true too, all those people expecting a dance and a good time and everything. Hmmmm.”

In 1989 the band recorded an album called ‘death is eeklo’ and went on a short tour of Belgium to promote it. The group’s minibus was found, empty, in a lay-by a mile or so outside of Waterloo. Half eaten bagettes, a cigarette still smoking in the ashtray. The tour was not completed and the album was never officially released.

In 1995 a benevolent caretaker rescued hundreds ( estimated to be 75% of the total number originally pressed ) of the group’s vinyl records from a skip outside a Bristol music distribution factory. A lot of them have warped and look like shallow black bowls now. If you own a chorchazade record, you have a very rare thing.

Edited by punhouse on 29 Jun 2007, 20:57

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Chorchazade on MySpace

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