the Honey Buzzards
The Honey Buzzards were a Norwich, England based band who achieved significant Independent Music success in the early 1990s.Read More
They were formed by Ian Thompson (born 1971, vocals/guitar), Simon Shaw (born 1972, bass) and Matthew Wayne (born 1971,drums) at Norwich School[disambiguation needed] in 1988, and shortly recruited Nathan Moore (born 1970) and John Evans (born 1972) as guitarists. They took their name from a 17th Century British painting and their sound was influenced by an Art School sensibility, The Velvet Underground, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions and latterly The Stone Roses.
They released three singles on Manchester Based Sheer Joy Records; Sympathy (for two girls) (1990), Starhappy (1990) and Pale Horse (1991) all of which made the Top 20 of the Indie Chart, and issued a promo single with remixes by The Orb . Their strongest sales however were in Scandinavia, particularly Sweden.
The first single was produced by Michael Johnson, who was responsible for most of New Order's back catalogue including the "Brotherhood", "Low-life" and "Technique" albums. In 1991, the band recorded two BBC Sessions, one for the Mark Goodier Evening Session (Radio 1) and one for Hit the North (Radio 5), while John Peel championed the band's singles extensively.