The Teardrops were an amalgamation of various stalwarts of the Manchester new wave scene. Buzzcocks bass player Steve Garvey was joined by original Fall bass player Tony Friel, who had played with Contact and the Passage, and drummer Karl Burns, also previously with the Fall and the Passage, plus Public Image Limited. The band’s first outing, ‘Seeing Double’, on local label TJM, was what might have been expected from the members involved: a fairly robust but murky brand of post-punk. After featuring on TJM’s Identity Parade sampler (‘Colours’), the Teardrops released a 12-inch EP, Leave Me No Choice, before calling it a day with the appropriately titled Final Vinyl in 1981. Burns rejoined the Fall in time for ‘Lie, Dream Of Casino Soul’.
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