Mourneblade

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London band whose main claim to fame was that one member was a British skateboarding champion. Formed in late 1984, the group comprised Derek Jasnock (keyboards), Richard Jones (guitar), Dunken Mullet…
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London band whose main claim to fame was that one member was a British skateboarding champion. Formed in late 1984, the group comprised Derek Jasnock (keyboards), Richard Jones (guitar), Dunken Mullet (vocals), Jeff Ward (drums) and Clive Baxter (bass). They blended the heavier qualities of Hawkwind with the bass-driven power of Motörhead. In keeping with that tradition they took their name from a novel by Michael Moorcock, and signed to the Hawkwind-allied Flicknife Records. It was their tenuous links with the latter band that first brought them attention, and their debut album contained six excellent songs, though it failed to impress the Hawkwind fraternity or rock fans in general. They vanished from the music scene for a couple of years before regrouping in 1988, gaining a session on BBC radio’s, then influential, Friday Rock Show in July of the following year. This saw them unveil a new sound, which had already been sketched more fully in January, when their second album had arrived. This contained further Hawkwind-inspired tracks, including ‘Hall Of The Mountain King’, but also grim tales such as ‘Lolita’ and ‘Blonde Beautiful And Dead’. A few gigs and poor record sales later, they returned to obscurity.