Formed in Oxford, England, the Jumpleads, with Caroline Ritson (vocals), Jon Moore (guitars), Dave Townend (melodeon) and Tracy (drums/bass), enjoyed a brief but notorious career. In 1982 they released The Stag Must Die, in a blood-splattered cover. The album was called ‘loud, noisy, daring and appealing’, but its new wave sensibility, combined with folk songs, (termed ‘rogue folk’), appalled and offended many people. Disenchanted with the response, the Jump Leads disbanded. Rogue records released a remix single of ‘False Knight On The Road’, but the band has only reunited for one-off festival performances. Of the ex-members, Jon Moore enjoyed the highest profile with E2.
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