Comprising Pete Clarke (bass), Hugo Degenhardt (drums), Mark McCrae (guitar, ex-Rub Ultra), Willie Dowling (keyboards, ex-Grip; Wildhearts) and CJ (b. Chris Jagdhar; vocals, guitar, ex-Tattooed Love Boys; Wildhearts), UK heavy rock band Honeycrack were formed with an agenda that stated ‘we have no messages to convey, but we do want to change the world’. The group was conceived in August 1994 after both CJ and Dowling had been ejected from the Wildhearts. Honeycrack’s debut single, ‘King Of Misery’, was released to accompany their first tour of 1995, and was followed by October’s ‘Sitting At Home’. ‘Go Away’ followed in February 1996 and became their most successful single to date, entering the UK Top 40 and coinciding with a headlining tour and a four-week residency at London’s Splash Cub. The debut album was an exciting and assured set and contained a glut of strong songs in addition to the previous singles. The biggest problem the band experienced was not writing songs or recording them but in choosing a name: ‘We busked around for weeks on end, we should be marrying up the notion of something sweet and something dreadfully hard’ - hence their sweet harmonies with bone-crunching guitar. The band appeared to have broken up by spring 1997.
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