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1) Loop was a South London band founded in 1986 by Robert Hampson and his then wife, Bex. Loop’s sound was characterized by strong and influences in addition to the minimalist mayhem of The Stooges and MC5.

Their songs were almost uniformly harsh and repetitive, with indecipherable vocals buried under layers of noisy guitar riffs and metronomic drumming. Some of the records featured covers of Suicide, The Pop Group and Can as bonus tracks.

Between 1986 and 1991, the band released three LPs, several singles, appeared on numerous compilations, and a John Peel session, “Wolf Flow.” They are and were often compared to fellow drone-rockers Spacemen 3, and in many ways were overshadowed by them. Sonic Boom even supposedly accused Loop of stealing their sound from his band, although this claim was contested both by Loop and the UK music press.

After the band split, Hampson joined Godflesh briefly, playing on their album “Pure”, and simultaineously formed Main with Dawson. Wills and MacKay went on to form The Hair and Skin Trading Company. John Wills is now recording under the name of Pumajaw with Pinkie Maclure whom he’d previously worked with under the name Lumen. MacKay has released work as Juicy Eureka and under his own name.

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Initial line-up:

* Robert Hampson (vocals, guitars)
* Bex (drums)
* Glen Ray (bass)

Final line-up:

* Robert Hampson (vocals, guitars)
* Scott Dawson (guitar)
* John Wills (drums)

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