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The Chesterfields


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For a while, the Chesterfields’ charming, jolly guitar pop, was very much in vogue. They were formed in Yeovil, Somerset, England, in the summer of 1984, by David Goldsworthy (guitar/vocals), Simon Barber (bass/vocals) and Dominic Manns (drums). In 1985 they were joined by guitarist Brendan Holden. They contributed ‘Nose Out Of Joint’ alongside a track from Scotland’s Shop Assistants, whom they joined at Bristol’s Subway Organisation Records in time for the EP A Guitar In Your Bath ( 1986), four slices of frothy guitar pop. ‘Completely And Utterly’ continued the formula, but for the next single, ‘Ask Johnny Dee’ in 1987, the Chesterfields offered a less abrasive style. Kettle showcased the band’s songwriting talents admirably. Back in April, Holden had left the band, and was temporarily replaced by Rodney Allen (later with the Blue Aeroplanes) and former Loft guitarist Andy Strickland (on loan from the Caretaker Race). A more permanent guitarist was later found in Simon’s brother, Mark Barber. A compilation of the band’s singles, Westward Ho, coincided with the release of their session for BBC disc jockey, Janice Long. A month later, the band set up their own label, Household. In March 1988 they issued ‘Goodbye Goodbye’ a more melancholy offering than previous efforts. This was followed by ‘Blame’ and a new album, Crocodile Tears. The latter was not as warmly received as Kettle and both Goldsworthy and Manns left soon after.


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  • I928

    10 Apr 2011 Reply
  • boppawombat

    God bless the Chesterfields - poptastic pop like poptastic pop should be.

    9 Jul 2010 Reply
  • timahall

    It's Chesterf!elds w/ a ! instead of the i. Fix yer tags!

    9 May 2010 Reply
  • Jinsie

    i find it genuinely difficult to get through a whole track from the album 'Kettle' without pausing to go on the stupid internet and write on a wall about how amazing and underrated they are. I hope your happy intertwats

    6 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Ang19950

    Not enough shouts for this great band!

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • VerveAreRising

    you are warm as toast and heaven blessed

    20 May 2009 Reply
  • martenHH

    This is GREAT POP!!!

    31 Dec 2008 Reply
  • jonnyjewel

    one of the greatest.........

    14 Nov 2008 Reply
  • davnad

    there's supposed to be a ! in the chesterf!elds... see?

    13 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Jinsie

    great fucking band. *pOp*

    23 Sep 2008 Reply

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