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London, United Kingdom (1988 – 1994)

There are at least two bands called (The) Family Cat:

1. Family Cat (no ‘The’) are a band from Richmond, VA.

2. The Family Cat were an alternative rock band formed in London in 1988. Members included Paul Frederick (vocals/guitar), Stephen Jelbert (lead guitar), Tim McVay (rhythm guitar), John Graves (bass) and Kevin Downing (drums). Their debut single, Tom Verlaine, was named ‘Single of the Week’ by NME. The band released an LP and two full-length albums before disbanding in 1994.


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  • Cylob

    What are the essential albums of the Madchester era? Join the debate!

    6 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Cylob

    Gone, so long.

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • gothicaljordan

    The page is being all mucked up by a similarly named band that refers to themselves as a "second-rate Godsmack" now, awesome. It would be really cool if could separate bands with similar/the same names a bit better...

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • iyers

    They seemed to play in Bristol about once a month in 1990/91...great band

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • bretonbanquet

    I worked with Tim McVay briefly about 10 years ago. Very nice bloke. More cheerful at 7am than I ever was.

    27 Sep 2011 Reply
  • spiralon

    yes showburner! hugely underrated... criminally so. i could listen to a mere handful of their songs on repeat for a day at least

    2 Mar 2011 Reply
  • spiralon

    people dont know what to listen to from this band.... tom verlaine (and most of the top tracks here) sucks next to: endless cigarette, gabriel's wings, fire music--to name a few. still some good ones in there "colour me grey" "game show" "prog one" "furthest from the sun" anyway, maybe im crazy, but dont trust magic happens to be their far and away best (i feel the opposite to be the case). instead, tell em we're surfin and furthest from the sun. just a huge fan... maybe i'm on to somethin maybe not

    2 Mar 2011 Reply
  • viragom

    Why aren't any of those tags useful?

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • paulwe_uk

    i'm typing this from memory, but I used to have a red t-shirt with luminous writing. It said something like 'you have to be a real square not to dig the nutty noisy family cat' !!!!!!

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • man_d

    Maybe a little late, but they're obviously cool enough for the NME now.. just heard Tom Verlaine on NME radio.

    25 May 2009 Reply
  • Amerikanen

    Do I remember me?

    30 Jan 2009 Reply
  • showburner

    By far and away the most under-rated British band of their time. Saw them more times than was healthy - although sixteen is clearly bonkers, Eightholedocs - and they never once let me down. Which is more than can be said for a lot of other bands, both before and since. Miles "Size Of A Cow" Hunt, I'm looking at you...

    20 Jul 2008 Reply
  • coops1989

    Three of them were from Cornwall, one from Devon and the lead singer was from Southampton, hence the Saints references in Steamroller. "And The Saints were playing at home today"

    29 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Eightholedocs

    saw the cat a massive 16 times. they were fantastic - unfortunately they just werent cool enough for the then relevant NME and therefore never went huge. nice bunch of blokes as well.

    29 Feb 2008 Reply
  • jim_bomb

    It's true All other bands are dogshite! Don't get that stuff about the Madchester desk though. They weren't baggy in the slightest and came from Cornwall, as far as I can remember

    28 Mar 2007 Reply
  • VinylTap

    For anyone interested in sharing recommendations (music and/or haircuts), The Madchester Desk.

    18 Feb 2007 Reply

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