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The Bolshoi

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The Bolshoi were a London-based music group prominent mostly in the mid-late 1980s. They managed to stand out in the sea of UK acts vying for notability at the time.

The band formed in 1984 in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The original lineup consisted of singer/guitarist Trevor Tanner, drummer Jan Kalicki, and bassist Nick Chown. (Tanner and Kalicki had previously played together in the short-lived punk band Moskow. ) Early gigs supported the likes of The Cult, The March Violets, and Lords of the New Church. In 1985, the band released their debut single, “Sob Story”, followed by the mini-LP, Giants. Word-of-mouth was such that the Bolshoi were able to sell out many of their early headlining performances.

The band migrated to London in 1985, and their lineup expanded to include Paul Clark on keyboards. In 1986, they released their first full-length LP, Friends, and expanded their touring schedule to U.S., South America, and Poland. Friends was followed in 1987 by the album Lindy’s Party, on which the sound was more pop-oriented.

Stylistically, the Bolshoi were difficult to categorize. They have been described as a proto-goth band, similar in their live act to fellow Beggars Banquet signees, Bauhaus. Tanner was recognized for his dark, pensive lyrics that belied a social responsibility and awareness.

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