Botany 5

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UK band Botany 500 were formed by ex-Juggernauts (one single, ‘Throw Yourself Under The Monstrous Wheels Of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Industry As It Approaches Destruction’) vocalist Gordon Kerr (b. Sterling,…
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UK band Botany 500 were formed by ex-Juggernauts (one single, ‘Throw Yourself Under The Monstrous Wheels Of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Industry As It Approaches Destruction’) vocalist Gordon Kerr (b. Sterling, Scotland) and David Galbraith. Their early use of ambient textures along with funk and jazz interludes was persuasive and pleasant. A debut single for Supreme, ‘Bully Beef’, even featured live string accompaniment. Kerr split from Galbraith in 1989, winning a Tennent’s Live! talent competition run by Glasgow’s Ca Va studio. He signed to Virgin, replacing his partner with Jason Robertson (guitar) and Stevie Christie (keyboards). The name was shortened to Botany 5 when a lawsuit was threatened from the American company Botany 500, responsible for wardrobe on television fare such as Kojak. A single, ‘Love Bomb’, preceded Botany 5’s debut album, which was significantly ahead of its time, predicting the chilled house tones of the Orb, Aphex Twin, etc. It was created as a deliberate antidote to the excesses of the Summer Of Love: ‘Our album’s for when kids come home from raves. No crazy, out of hand stuff. More artistic; slow, mellow, subdued... quiet’. The trio were joined for live extravaganzas by former Orange Juice drummer Zeke Manyika and Paul Weller associate Carmel, in order to provide more organic backing.