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Intastella were Manchester and the North’s answer to London’s “Saint Etienne”, and were formed in 1990. Having a career spanning over 6 years the band released four albums:- Intastella and the Family of people, What you Gonna do,Nuphonia, and Intastella Overdrive, plus around a dozen singles. Intastella were formed when Stella Grundy (the Alison Goldfrapp of the day!) and her boyfriend Spencer Birtwisle wrote a few songs together, and roped in additional help including their very own Bez-like (Happy Mondays token member) - the ironicaly named Little Anthony.

Riding on a wave of Madchester hype the band signed to MCA records, and recorded their debut single “Dream some Paradise”, which was a psychedelic haze of a song and was released in the spring of 1991. The album “and the family of people” was released in the Autumn of 1991 and became an instant Indie student classic, although mainstream success wasnt to be found, and without any hesitation they were dropped by MCA.
Undeterred the band signed with an Independant label, Planet 3 who although they meant well couldnt really provide Intastella with the backing they needed. Friends visiting the band at this time included Ian Brown of the Stone Roses and Shaun Ryder from the Happy Mondays who also sang on the Bside of the single “Drifter” which was as good as anything the Mondays released. Again due to a lack of promotion the single didnt really acheive an airing outside the student population, and too much attention being focused on the bside with Shaun Ryders vocals.


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  • stelong

    Pissed up at a gig,stumbled on stage and started playing the bongos,Stella was brilliant,she ushered me off stage 3 times then just smiled and gave up,i played the remainder of the set,& took my bow at the end with her arm round my shoulder,heady days

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • rtrdd

    Only the finest!

    14 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Doddsy73

    G..G..G..Go Ms G..G..G..Grundy x

    1 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ken1workday

    I sympathize with undrentide72. I think "What you gonna do" is excellent album. Hey, look! Stars are twinkling !!

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • eddiemb

    Just found out about this band, I'm gonna to have to look up more stuff, The Night is a genius song.

    3 Sep 2008 Reply
  • chrislow

    did they do a cover of Mr Cop by Gregory Issacs or did I just imagine it?

    11 May 2008 Reply
  • Mobytanner

    What happened to them? Should of been massive and Stella was a babe. Saw them live and they were great. They were Goldfrapp b4 Goldfrapp. Happy Daze!

    6 Feb 2008 Reply
  • undrentide72

    so underrated!!! What you gonna do shouldve been a massive hit along with the singles from the album, especially their cover of The night and The Past (somebody loves you)

    10 Dec 2006 Reply