Straight lift (but with new photo) from a posting in August 2015. With a bonus P.S.
Today’s lot were near impossible to get information on.
What I can tell you is that The Clouds were formed in Glasgow in 1986 by brothers John and Bill Charnley. A song of theirs was featured as a flexidisc on a locally based fanzine which led, in due course, to them signing up to The Subway Organisation for who they recorded a one-off single in January 1988 before seemingly quitting the music scene for good.
I only heard of the band as a result of one of their songs featuring on a Rough Trade compilation CD back in 2002; the same song would subsequently feature on CD86:-
It was the b-side of their Subway single and it’s a decent enough bit of music without transcending into the memorable or totally special; it also says a lot that it seems to be more fondly thought of than the a-side, but I have managed to track a copy down for inclusion today. It is a sound not too dissimilar from what could be described as a rough version of Teenage Fanclub:-
mp3 : The Clouds – Tranquil
Turns out that at some point I’ve also picked up a copy of the song that came with the fanzine. I can only assume that I downloaded it from another blog at some point in time or had it sent to me by a reader as being something of interest but I haven’t kept any record of how the mp3 came to be on the hard drive:-
It is a bit lo-fi as you’d expect from a flexidisc. And very much of its time.
The sole single also came out in 12″ format and had this additional song:-
Expect to pay upwards of £15-£20 for a decent copy of either version of the single. This is partly to do with the fact that Norman Blake was a member of the band…he played guitar and did backing vocals. My previous suggestion of Tranquil sounding like a rough Teenage Fanclub wasn’t far off the mark………….