The Nightingales

The Nightingales

Infobox musical artist
Name = The Nightingales

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Background = group_or_band
Origin = Birmingham, England
Genre = post punk
Years_active = 1979-1986, 2004-present
Label = Rough Trade, Cherry Red, Strange Fruit, Ink, Vindaloo
Associated_acts =
Current_members = Robert Lloyd
Alan Apperley
Daren Garratt

Past_members = Joe Crow
Eamon Duffy
Paul Apperley
Andy Lloyd
Nick Beales
Steve Hawkins
John Nester
Pete Byrchmore
Howard Jenner
Maria Smith
Ron Collins
Richard "Fuzz" Townshend
Aaron Moore
Stephen Lowe
Matt Wood
John Roberts
Notable_instruments = Melodeon, Kazoo, Theremin

The Nightingales are a British punk/alternative band formed in 1979 in Birmingham, England. Original members were Robert Lloyd (vocals), Joe Crow on guitar, Eamonn Duffy on bass and Paul Apperley on drums, all formerly of The Prefects. The band, before splitting up, played more sessions on John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show than any other band excluding The Fall.cite web |url= |title=Keeping It Peel - The Nightingales |accessdaymonth=09 March |accessyear=2008 |author= |year= |month= |work=Keeping It Peel |publisher=BBC |quote= ]


The debut single, "Idiot Strength" was released in 1981 on Rough Trade Records, following which Crow and Duffy were replaced by Andy Lloyd and Nick Beales on guitars and Steve Hawkins on bass.

The band signed to Cherry Red Records and released three more singles before debut album "Pigs On Purpose" (Produced by Richard Strange) was issued in late 1982.cite book |last=Strong |first=Martin C. |title=The Great Alternative & Indie Discography |year= 1999 |publisher=Canongate |isbn=0-86241-913-1 ] John Nester replaced Hawkins on bass before next release, the "Urban Ospreys" single.

Pete Byrchmore replaced Beales (who went on to form Pig Bros) in time for second album, "Hysterics" (1983), Nester then departed to be replaced by Howard Jenner. The new line-up issued two singles in 1985. Further changes then ensued with Andy Lloyd and Paul Apperley leaving, to be replaced by Maria Smith and Ron Collins.

The group continued to release singles, record Peel sessions and tour northern Europe but after the third album, "In The Good Old Country Way", the band split.


After the split, Maria and Pete formed The Capitols (Maria was also a member of Rumblefish), Ron Collins joined The Noseflutes, while Robert Lloyd formed a new band, Robert Lloyd & The New Four Seasons, who after a few releases on In Tape were signed by Virgin Records. Lloyd recorded one solo album for Virgin, "Me And My Mouth".

Lloyd is currently active in the reformed Nightingales. Pete Byrchmore plays guitar for Goldblade, Gorgeous and the UK Subs. Eamonn Duffy plays bass for Dave Kusworth and Gorgeous. Joe Crow is currently performing solo, but in the process of getting a band together. Nick Beales is in Church Of Elvis, and Andy Lloyd is in Little Red Schoolhouse. Ron Collins is still making music in and around Birmingham.

Paul Apperley is now a firefighter. John Nester runs a successful fruit and veg business. Howard Jenner was last heard of working for Help The Aged. Maria Harvey (formerly Smith) still lives and works in Birmingham. Steve Hawkins whereabouts are unknown.

The Nightingales re-form

The band reunited in 2004 featuring mainstay/band leader Lloyd, original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley, ex-Nightingales Byrchmore and Duffy, plus former PWEI drummer Richard "Fuzz" Townshend. This line-up released four 7-inch singles in 2004/5 before Townshend was replaced by Aaron Moore of Volcano The Bear.

Their first three albums were reissued in 2005.

Live appearances include radio sessions for Marc Riley's Rocket Science on BBC 6 Music, John Kennedy's XFM show, Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic on WFMU (USA) and Another Nice Mess (NL) in addition to gigs around England.

The band also played American music festival South By Southwest in March 2005, alongside dates in Chicago and New York City. The band's first American dates ever. Since then they have also played at the Klangbad festival in Germany, organised by Jochen Irmler of Faust, and undertaken a second US tour in March 2007.

After several line up changes since reforming, the group line-up settled as Robert Lloyd (vocals), Alan Apperley (guitar), ex-Pram drummer Daren Garratt, "teenage guitar sensation" Matt Wood, and Stephen 'The Night' Lowe (bass). For a brief July-August 2007 UK and European tour (including a return to the Klangbad Festival on August 4), Nick Blakey of the Boston, Massachusetts band The In Out substituted for Lowe on bass.

The Nightingales released their first studio album for 20 years in early October 2006; Out of True on Birmingham independent record label Iron Man Records. A new mini album, "What's Not To Love?" was released by Caroline True Records on 30 April 2007.

In late 2007 Lowe left the band and was replaced by John Roberts.

After dates in New York and Boston in March 2008, the group traveled to Faust Studio, Scheer, Germany to record a new album for Jochen Irmler's Klangbad label. During recording bassist John Roberts left the group. The band played dates in Germany, Switzerland and in Amsterdam, with Christy Edwards of Christy and Emily on bass. Teen Guitar Sensation Matt Wood left following these dates. As a parting gesture he created a life size chocolate replica of Robert Lloyd.

On the road, the group are accompanied by Dave 'David from Oxford' Wasall and Mark 'Professor Porn' Jones. Dave Wasall is notable for his hilarious 'cheeky pranks'. He is currently writing a book on the subject.


Chart placings shown are from the UK Indie Chart.cite book |last=Lazell |first=Barry |title=Indie Hits 1980-1999 |year= 1997 |publisher=Cherry Red Books |isbn=0-9517206-9-4 ]


*"Pigs on Purpose" (Cherry Red LP) 1982, CD reissue 2004 (#15)
*"Hysterics" (Ink/Red Flame LP) 1983, CD reissue (Cherry Red) 2005 (#20)
*"Just The Job" compilation (Vindaloo LP) 1984
*"In The Good Old Country Way" (Vindaloo LP) 1986, CD reissue (Caroline True) 2005 (#8)
*"What A Scream (1980-1986)" compilation (Mau Mau/Demon CD) 1991
*"Pissed & Potless - The Definitive Nightingales Collection" compilation (Cherry Red CD) 2001
*"Out of True" (Iron Man CD) 2006
*"What's Not To Love?" (Caroline True CD) 2007
*"Live In Paris" (Big Print CD) 2008
*"Insult To Injury" (Klangbad CD) 2008


* "Idiot Strength" 1981 (Rough Trade/Vindaloo)
* "Use Your Loaf" 1982 (Cherry Red)
* "Paraffin Brain" 1982 (Cherry Red) (#39)
* "Peel Session EP" 1982 (Cherry Red) (#34)
* "Urban Osprey" 1983 (Cherry Red) (#26)
* "Crafty Fag" 1983 (Ink/Red Flame) (#27)
* "The Crunch EP" 1984 (Vindaloo) (#27)
* "It's a Cracker" 1985 (Vindaloo) (#16)
* "What a Carry On EP" 1985 (Vindaloo) (#26)
* "Peel Session EP" 1988 (Strange Fruit)
* "Black Country" 2004 (Big Print)
* "Workshy Wunderkind" 2004 (Big Print)
* "EFL" (Sex And God Knows What)" 2004 (Big Print)
* "Devil In The Detail" 2005 (Big Print)
* "Let's Think About Living" 2006 (Fake Product)


External links

* [ Nightingales on MySpace]
* [ Nightingales Home Page]
* [ The Nightingales at]
* [ "Company Man" live video at The Luminaire, London 29/7/07]
* [ "Use Your Loaf" live video at La Fleche d'Or, Paris 1/8/07]
* [ Robert Lloyd a capella and "UK Randy Mom Epidemic" live video at La Fleche d'Or, Paris 1/8/07]

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