Friday, 3 August 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: Flowered Up - Weekender

A song which I first heard on an excellent compilation called 'Weekender', which was released about a decade ago. I remember buying this compilation because it featured on its tracklist Primal Scream's 'Come Together', which I thought was the original version and not the more familiar 'Screamadelica' album version. It turned out to just be an edit of the version I already had, and it would be a while before I finally found the original version I was seeking. But the money spent on this compilation was not a waste, as it also featured this brilliant track from Flowered Up, a song which gave the CD its name... "Flowered Up were a five-man band formed in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire in the late 1980s.

The band was formed in mid-1989 by singer Liam Maher, along with his younger brother Joe (guitar). After a few changes in personnel, the settled line-up included Tim Dorney (keyboards), Andy Jackson (bass guitar), and John Tuvey (drums), with dancer Barry Mooncult adding to their live shows. After releasing two singles ('It's On' and 'Phobia') on Heavenly Records, both of which were minor hits, Flowered Up signed to London Records and recorded their only album, 'A Life With Brian', in 1991. 'Take It' had lyrics from Joe Strummer. Not long afterwards, Flowered Up released the 13-minute long single 'Weekender' on Heavenly, with a video directed by W.I.Z. starring Lee Whitlock and Anna Haigh. After much publicised drug problems with some members of the band, and unproductive (and some unreleased) studio work, the band split up. Keyboardist Tim Dorney went on to form Republica. 'A Life With Brian' was re-released by London Records as The Best of Flowered Up, and included the original version of "Weekender". Flowered Up tried to re-form in 2007, but Dorney refused, and the planned reunion tour was cancelled. On 20 October 2009, Liam Maher died of a heroin overdose, aged 41..."

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