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The Mighty Lemon Drops

With their jangly guitars, shoegazing swagger and strains of psychedelia, The Mighty Lemon Drops became favourites of the UK's college rock scene and one of the bands that helped usher in the era of baggy, indie pop. Formed in Wolverhampton in 1986, the band positioned themselves alongside the likes of Echo And The Bunnymen and The Smiths as melodic, post-punk outsiders and soon signed to the Rough Trade label for the release of debut album Happy Head (1986). Championed by John Peel and featured on the NME's influential C86 compilation of new music, they had their finest moment with the cult single Inside Out and found critical acclaim with album World Without End (1988), but failed to crossover into mainstream popularity with later works Laughter (1989) and Sound...Goodbye To Your Standards (1991). They split in 1992 after final album Ricochet, but are fondly remembered for their love of vintage 1960s guitar hooks, scuzzy melodies and sharp tongued indie anthems.

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07-07-2011