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There have been several bands named “The Visitors”.

1. The Visitors were an Indie Pop band originally from Devon, England. They released one flexidisc, several other pop gems, and one play on John Peel’s radio show. They were semi-notable for their song Goldmining being included on the final Sha-La-La flexidisc. Until recently, the works of The Visitors were passed from personal recording to personal recording, as despite a small cult following that typified the c86 Twee Pop movement, they never had the popularity to justify a full CD release. Matinée Recordings changed that by releasing the original tapes for eleven of The Visitors’ songs on the CD “Miss” in 2000.

2. “The Visitors” was a bay-area new wave band from the early 80’s. They released one LP on Airstrip records: “No Sign of Intelligent Life” in 1981. The members of this band were: Russ Golub (guitar, lead vocals), Harry Mello (keyboards, background vocals), Hilary Stench (bass, background vocals), and John Moffa (drums, background vocals).

3. “The Visitors”, were a Edinburgh post punk band from early 80’s. Had a biggish tune called “Electric Heat”, then got Keith Wilson in on drums and recorded the single “Compatibility”, one of the great post punk Scottish tunes, which along with b-side “Poets End”, was taken from a John Peel radio session. In the middle, there was a another 3-track single, “Empty Rooms”. Then that was it.


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