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Kitchens of Distinction


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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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  • railpresureflip

    For some reason, these guys remind me of R.E.M. But obviously, so so so much better.

    7 hours ago Reply
  • trustmeiloveu

    два года назад следил за их еженедельными чартами, так хотелось, чтобы к этому времени здесь уже лям с лишним прослушек был. надо будет подналечь на них в скором времени снова.

    27 Mar 3:45pm Reply
  • bratyaverno

    ёоох этот невероятный голос, что он делает ))))

    26 Mar 4:29pm Reply
  • FagetPussyQueer

    Потрясающей красоты группа, мало кто из дрим попа дивиностых дорос до такой душевности. Strange Free World и Cowboys and Aliens - самые прекрасные их записи.

    23 Mar 3:37pm Reply
  • RebelGlassZero

    shoegaze Felt [2]

    19 Mar 4:03pm Reply
  • Finnegannon

    Patrick has such a delicious voice <3

    20 Feb 5:19pm Reply
  • caleb_core

    Wow I'm late for this band :P This is like a shoegaze Felt... Wonderful everything for this band

    17 Jan 3:49am Reply
  • RebelGlassZero

    Smiths should be a similar artist.

    8 Jan 1:13am Reply
  • Zioluza

    kitchens of lushy dreams

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ehletranger

    God. Can't trust the waves is just... way too magnificent.

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • mark4all

    Into music

    23 Sep 2014 Reply
  • NarooN

    Swales is one of the best guitarists ever.

    19 Sep 2014 Reply
  • HarleyMagoo

    "Prize" is the best love song ever.

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Finnegannon

    shoegays4ever is right man :D

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

    I mean, matt probably thought he was being clever or whatever, but getting your panties in a bunch is exactly what he wants. shoegays4ever

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

    fitzgerald is gay, I don't think calling kitchens of distinction a gay band is really an insult. gay isn't bad

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
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    19 Jun 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 Reply
  • Uniontrade

    What happens now?

    5 Feb 2014 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 2014 Reply
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