Liverpool, EnglandGÇÖs premier psychedelic GÇÿgrungeGÇÖ specialists arose early in 1986 out of the ashes of the Mel-O-Tones. In between, John Neesam (drums), Frank Martin (vocals) and Bob Parker (bass, guitar) formed the Corinthians for three months, recording a seven-track demo that formed the basis of the Walking SeedsGÇÖ set. The bandGÇÖs first EP, Know Too Much (1986), set the pace, fronted by the strong GÇÿTantric WipeoutGÇÖ. By the time of the follow-up, GÇÿMark ChapmanGÇÖ (1987), Neesam had been replaced by two former members of Marshmallow Overcoat, Tony Mogan (drums) and Baz Sutton (guitar). This was followed by the extreme but patchy Skullfuck (the title influenced by a Grateful Dead album cover) later that year. After lying low, the band signed to Glass Records, issuing Upwind Of Disaster, Downwind Of Atonement in 1989. Recorded in New York, the presence of BongwaterGÇÖs Mark Kramer as producer helped to bring a more defined, but nevertheless uncompromising, aura to the proceedings. Sutton left to join the LaGÇÖs and was briefly replaced by Andy Rowan for 1989GÇÖs Shaved Beatnik EP (wherein the band admirably slaughtered CreamGÇÖs GÇÿSunshine Of Your LoveGÇÖ). The mini-album, Sensory Deprivation Chamber Quartet Dwarf, was assisted by psychedelic wizard Nick GÇÿ Bevis FrondGÇÖ Saloman and new bass player Lee Webster. When Glass folded, the Walking Seeds recorded GÇÿGates Of FreedomGÇÖ which included a b-side cover version of Pink FloydGÇÖs GÇÿAstronomy Domin+¬GÇÖ. This coincided with Bad Orb... Whirling Ball, a more considered but still aggressively garage-like effort. The Walking Seeds tore through Bevis FrondGÇÖs GÇÿReflections In A Tall MirrorGÇÖ, backed by his interpretation of the bandGÇÖs GÇÿSexorcistGÇÖ. However, at this point, the band GÇÿself-destructedGÇÖ, despondent about their lack of success, despite recruiting ex-Dinosaur Jr guitarist Don Fleming. A swan-song was offered in Earth Is Hell on the Snakeskin label, housing live material recorded in Germany earlier that year. Parker and Mogan then set up the Del-Bloods, issuing GÇÿBlack RabbitGÇÖ in 1991. The pair also surfaced in White Bitch for GÇÿAnimal WomanGÇÖ and teamed up with Martin for BatloafGÇÖs GÇÿMeat Out Of HellGÇÖ soon afterwards. Webster, meanwhile, had joined Baz Sutton in Froth that same year.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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