- Flowered Up
Infobox musical artist
Background = group_or_band
Name = Flowered Up
Years_active = 1990 – 1994
Camden Town, London, United Kingdom
Baggy, Madchester, Indie
Heavenly Records London Records
Past_members = Liam Maher
Flowered Up was a five-man
Baggyband originating from Camden in London.
After releasing two singles ("It's On" and "Phobia") on
Heavenly Records, Flowered Up signed to London Recordsand recorded their first (and only) album "A Life With Brian" (1991). The band were unusual in that, musically, they resembled Madchesterbands such as the Happy Mondaysbut, whereas almost all of those bands came from Manchester or the environs, Flowered Up came from London. The group appeared on the covers of both " Sounds" and " NME" before releasing any records. This would later become commonplace but was unusual and possibly unique at the time.
"A Life With Brian" contained many of their popular live songs as well as new versions of the previously released singles. However, the album was said by many not to live up to the promise of their live performances. Not long afterwards, Flowered Up released what some believe to be their creative high point: the 13-minute single "Weekender", again on Heavenly. 'Weekender' which was released with an expensive video directed by
W.I.Z.starring Lee Whitlockand Anna Haigh. It was thought by many to sum up the whole 'clubbing' and ecstasy culture that had grown up in the UK in after Acid House. The video, telling the story of a night of debauchery and the comedown afterwards, has become something of a rarity.
The debauchery hinted at in their music was not merely a pose, and after much publicised drug problems with some members of the band, and some more generally unproductive (and unreleased) studio work, the band split up. Keyboard player Tim Dorney went on to form
"A Life With Brian" has since been rereleased by London as "The Best of Flowered Up" and now includes the original version of "Weekender".
Flowered Up tried to reform in 2007 but keyboardist Tim Dorney refused causing the cancellation of a planned reunion tour.
* [http://www.heavenly100.com/artists/flowered-up/ Heavenly Records artist profile]
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