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Hatfield and the North

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Canterbury, United Kingdom (1972 – 1975)

Hatfield and the North was an experimental British rock band from Canterbury, England, that lasted from October 1972 to June 1975, with some reunions thereafter. Part of the “Canterbury scene” the band grew out of Delivery, Matching Mole, and Caravan. Members were Phil Miller (guitar, from Matching Mole), Dave Stewart (keyboards, Egg, National Health, Bruford, and his own albums with Barbara Gaskin), Pip Pyle (drums, from Gong) and Richard Sinclair (bass and vocals, from Caravan).

Hatfield released five albums, the first three on Virgin. The five albums are: 1973’s eponymous effort, 1975’s The Rotters’ Club, 1980’s now-deleted compilation Afters (of which the new bits have been tagged onto the end of The Rotters’ Club CD), 2005’s radio sessions/live compilation Hatwise Choice, and 2006’s radio sessions/live compilation Hattitude,. The latter two are available only from Burning Shed. The group split in 1975 because of overwhelming indifference. It re-formed briefly in 1990, and again in 2005, with the possibility of new material being issued.

The name of the band was inspired by the road signage on the main A1 road heading north from London, where the a succession of signs referred to the first major town, and the overall direction, as ‘A1 Hatfield & the North’. This style of sign from the 1970s has now been replaced by a slightly different variant.

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  • LastOneStand

    Definitely the best from the Canterbury scene. [3]

    6 Jan 12:48pm Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    This is unbelievably good. Can't believe these guys don't have more listeners. There were a lot of underappreciated gems from Canterbury, it seems.

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MonoPeligroso

    Every time I need to shave, I think well, I better listen to the North

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • MonoPeligroso

    Shaving is fucking boring

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • EmperorLuddite

    Jazzier than I thought it would be. Nice.

    7 Mar 2014 Reply
  • EmperorLuddite

    think I need to get into this band... tomorrow.

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Color_Of_Sound

    Brilliant....

    18 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    Part of the elite of Canterbury magnificent music for sophisticated music fans

    2 Jan 2014 Reply
  • ModernThird

    Definitely the best from the Canterbury scene. [2]

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • no_such_thing

    Talk about acquired taste

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Flight123

    why the song "halfway between Heaven and Earth" isn't on top 15 ?? Possibly because it did not appear on either of their albums. I first heard it on the 'Over the Rainbow' live album (various artists) and has only been added to various compilations over the years although it also appears on the 1990 one-off live album (which doesn't seem to be scrobbled much on Last FM, brilliant tho it is).

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • miamiscot

    Definitely the best from the Canterbury scene.

    11 Jun 2012 Reply
  • TpaxTap

    why the song "halfway between Heaven and Earth" isn't on top 15 ??

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • yorammorad

    Favourite Canterbury band!

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • crimsonking93

    That short "Your Majesty Is Like A Cream Donut"-theme must be one of the most epic things I've ever heard...

    3 Apr 2011 Reply
  • gangstayoda

    shaving is boring

    15 Mar 2011 Reply
  • the_slider04

    Absolutely wholesome!

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Maltrapilho

    Banda maravilhosa.

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
  • crimsonking93

    Well, certainly one of the best. Soft Machine's jazziness + Caravan's songwriting = OH MY FUCKING GOD, IT'S SO AWESOME!!!

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • bobgreen623

    How marvellous that this song, with wonderful sentiments and by one of my favourite bands, should be my 1000th song on last.fm. Nice one

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
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