Cath Carroll

Cath Carroll

Cath Carroll (b. 25 August 1960, Chipping Sodbury, England)cite book |last=Strong |first=Martin C. |title=The Great Alternative & Indie Discography |year= 1999 |publisher=Canongate |isbn=0-86241-913-1 ] is a British musician and music journalist.


Carroll was raised in Swansea, then Manchester. In 1979 she formed the band Glass Animals with her friend Liz Naylor. The band was renamed Gay Animals in 1980, before disbanding in 1984. Carroll stated that the band aimed to be "the lesbian Rolling Stones", but "it sounded like a very bad Fall". [Reid, Pat (1991) "Cath Carroll feature", Lime Lizard, October 1991, ISSN 0961-8104] During this time she also produced the City Fun fanzine. In 1984 she began writing for "New Musical Express" magazine under the pen-name Myrna Minkoff, and also formed a new band, Miaow, who released their first single, "Belle Vue" on their own Venus label in 1985. In early 1987 they came to the attention of Factory Records head Tony Wilson, who released two singles; "When it All Comes Down", and "Break the Code". The band also recorded for the Peel Sessions, and contributed a track to the "C86" compilation. After several line-up changes, Miaow disbanded in 1988, with Carroll going on to work with The Hit Parade.

In June 1988 Carroll began working on her debut solo album, "England Made Me", named after a Graham Greene novel. The album was recorded in Sheffield, Sao Paulo, London, and in Chicago with Steve Albini. Carroll and Albini also recorded a version of "King Creole" for "New Musical Express"' "The Last Temptation of Elvis" compilation album. Carroll subsequently moved to Chicago in late 1989. "England Made Me" was released in June 1991 on the Factory Records label.

American band Unrest paid tribute to Carroll in 1993, with the "Cath Carroll EP" released on TeenBeat records, and used a Robert Mapplethorpe portrait of Carroll on the cover of their "Perfect Teeth" album in the same year.

Carroll released two singles ("My Cold Heart" in 1994 and "Bad Star" in 1995) and her second album, "True Crime Motel", on Teenbeat Records in 1995. In 1996 she married musician and audio engineer Kerry Kelekovich, with whom she released her eponymously titled third album in 2000, on Carroll and Kelekovich's own Lilypad label. In November 2002, Carroll released her fourth album, "The Gondoliers of Ghost Lake" released by Lilypad and manufactured and distributed by UK label, LTM. In 2003, LTM released, "When It All Comes Down" by Miaow which compiled all of Factory's Miaow catalogue, rarities, Peel Sessions for the BBC and tracks which were never released.

In 2001, Carroll's critical discography detailing the works of Tom Waits for Unanimous Publishing's "Kill Your Idol" series was published. Three years later, the book written for Chicago Review Press examining Fleetwood Mac's epic, "Rumours" was published entitled, "Never Break The Chain" (2004).

In 2008, Carroll continues to write musically related content for the likes of UK music mag, "The Word", and Kevin Cummins picture book on Joy Division, "Juvenes" while also writing new music to be released in 2009. Her latest projects include hosting music podcast, The Pad [] and releasing new music from Morris, Illinois duo worldwideriot.

elected Discography

Belle VueVenus 1985(b/w- Fate & Grocer's Devil Daughter)

C86Sport Most RoyalNME1986(from C86 Radio Only Promo LP) Fac 179When It All Comes Down (Catechism)Factory 1987(b/w- Did She & When It All Comes Down)Fac 189Break The CodeFactory 1987(b/w- Stolen Ears)

Facd 334v/a Palatine - The Beat GroupsFactory 1991When It All Comes Down (Miaow)

LTMCD 2346When It All Comes DownLTM 2003Reissue Collection

Facd 210/LTM2348England Made MeFactory 1991LTM 2002 TB 167True Crime MotelTeenBeat/Matador 1995Lilypad 2004 HS 77751-2Cath CarrollLilypad/Heart & Soul 2000

LTMCD 2350The Gondoliers Of Ghost LakeLTM 2002

NME CD 038v/a The Last Temptation of ElvisNME 1990King Creole (w/Steve Albini) Fac 255Beast On The StreetsFactory 1990

Facd 307Moves Like YouFactory 1991

Facd 344v/a Palatine - Selling OutFactory 1991Moves Like You (remix) TB 137My Cold HeartTeenBeat 1994(b/w- Into Day)

TB 157Bad StarTeenBeat 1995(b/w- Mississippi River Factory Town) The Factory Story, Part OneLondon 1997Moves Like You (remix) Nomad PlanetsThe Indestructible Drop(Nomad Planets)Fairbanks 1998(backing vocals on Dance and Wink & A Prayer)

Dusty 2000v/a Forever DustyR & D 2000(including the CC's version of No Easy Way Down)

LRC V1115T621FreeLilypad 2001 darla compv/a Little Darla Has A Treat For You v.19Darla 2002

LTM's Black Music 2003v/a Black MusicLTM Compilation 2003(contains True Crime Motel remix) Edge Of TimeThe Fairbanks Label 2004(contains I Remember The Sun) The Gravity WithinAll Over The Place Records 2007remastered

With Love From The Hit ParadeJSH/Vinyl Japan 1990

PSCW-5029Sixteen WeeksPolystar 1993(The Dispossessed, ©1993 Henry/Carroll) PSCW-5026The Sound Of The Hit ParadePolystar 1993


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