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RAYMONDE, Mancunian 4 piece, UK rock/pop: James Maker, Phil Huish, Leslie Westlake & Derek Thompson (later Simon Hoare & Peter Thomas).Read More...
1986 debut release on Rough Trade: "Raymonde"/"These Boots Are Made For Walking". Thereafter, a series of gigs ensued at mainly student venues. "Jennifer Wants" appeared on a 'Record Mirror' ep. Lazy journalism, linking the band to the influence of The Smiths, was exposed by virtue of Raymonde being invited as contrasting support act on tour, that October.
Subsequent releases on Blue Guitar (chrysalis): "Stop Kicking My Heart Around"/"Fool of Fortune"/"Love, Sex, Security", & an 11 track LP "Babelogue". A 15 date British tour (supporting the Bolshoi), coincided with launch of "Solid State Soul/"Eulogy To Harvey Milk" in Oct '87. "Destination Breakdown"/Dyke On A Bum Trip" was 'swansong' in 1988 - Alas, no more!