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South London, England, United Kingdom (1986 – 1996, 2012 – present)

Kitchens of Distinction is an band which formed in 1986 in South London, England, United Kingdom. The band consists of Patrick Fitzgerald (vocals, bass), Julian Swales (guitar), and Daniel Goodwin (drums). The band split in 1996, but reunited in 2012.

Over the course of their career, the band has released five studio albums - “Love is Hell” (1989), “Strange Free World” (1991), “The Death of Cool” (1992), “Cowboys and Aliens” (1994), and “Folly” (2013).

Dan Goodwin (drums) met Julian Swales (guitar) at college in 1980, and Swales met Patrick Fitzgerald (vocals/bass guitar) at a party in 1985.The trio began rehearsing together that same year, taking their name from a company of the same name that specialised in home decor and kitchen and plumbing fixtures after Swales spotted one of their advertisements on the side of a bus while riding his bike. The Kitchens’ first single, “The Last Gasp Death Shuffle” (which featured Swales on lead vocals and bass, as well as guitar) was recorded in just one day on an eight-track in a Kennington basement, and was released in December 1987 on the band’s own Gold Rush Records. It was named a single of the week in the NME, and led to the band signing with the British indie label One Little Indian Records; it was around this time that Fitzgerald, a medical doctor, put his career on hold to devote himself fully to the band. Their first singles for One Little Indian, 1988’s “Prize” and 1989’s “The 3rd Time We Opened the Capsule”, made it onto the “NME Writers’ 100 Best Indie Singles Ever” list, published 25 July 1992.


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  • tenrapid

    i can't quite believe that Kitchens Of Distinction have released a new album and i only found out 6 months after the fact!

    4 Apr 5:45pm Reply
  • Uniontrade

    What happens now?

    5 Feb 9:04am Reply
  • hurricane_mario

    I about had a heart attack when I saw they had a new album last year. It's like a lost unreleased album from their catalog was found and released. I really hope they continue.

    2 Feb 2:47am Reply
  • Amrabart

    best alternative gay band since The Smiths

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Real-Cool-Time

    So good to be hearing these guys again, the new LP is a real grower. Still one of my favourite gigs seeing them live in the Square Club in Cardiff circa the Love Is Hell tour. Was about 5 people there if that, still gave a great performance. :)

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • XMD5a8000

    They've done a really great job on this one.

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • marvinFM

    loving Folly....I have just been transported back to 1992

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • AsthrayHeart

    finallyfinallyfinally. can't believe i'm listening to it.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • pedalant

    It's here!

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Uniontrade

    I can´t wait for buy the new album! this news made my day, my week, my month!

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Ioreky

    Reseña del album!!!!discoskod/c1ol6

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Nochek

    I'm unpatiently waiting for new songs.

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • cbujnak

    New album, Folly, scheduled for release on September 30.

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Zar-Unity

    The new KoD single is amazing!! Welcome back Kitchens!! :-)

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Berrieworld

    'Japan to Jupiter' is the first new work of Kitchens of Distinction in 19 years, I think, and it bathes in nostalgia. Not bad...

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • marvinFM

    not sure if it is because its the first "new material" in an eternity...but I cannot stop listening to the new track. The second half is definitely a lot more polished than the first half...but it is still as familiar as it was 20 years ago

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • robarnott

    Not a massive fan of the new song. Acoustic guitar and vocals are too prominent, but it picks up later. Would love to see them live.

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • George336

    "Guitars like gushing fountains of crystal". That's perfect.

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • martinkena

    I put on Death of Cool today thinking it would be great to see them live in some alternate universe. But I'll take new material nonetheless.

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • chamberofhellos

    New material on the horizon:

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
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