Matching Mole were a short-lived UK progressive rock band from the Canterbury scene best known for the song ‘O Caroline’. Robert Wyatt formed the band in October 1971 after he left Soft Machine and recorded his first solo album, The End Of An Ear. He continued his role on vocals and drums and was joined by David Sinclair, of Caravan, on organ and piano, Phil Miller on guitar and Bill MacCormick, formerly of Quiet Sun, on bass. The name is a pun on Machine Molle, the French translation of the name of Wyatt's previous group, Soft Machine … (read more at Wikipedia)

Links To Peel

Peel kept his interest in Robert Wyatt's work when he formed Matching Mole, who did three sessions for his show and received a 1976 Festive Fifty entry from his listeners at number 46 with O Caroline.

Festive Fifty Entries


Three sessions. All were released on On The Radio CD, Hux Records (HUX083).

1.Recorded: 1972-01-17. First broadcast 25 January 1972. Repeated 28 March 1972.

  • Immediate Kitten / Brandy (Re-Named 'Part Of The Dance')

2.Recorded: 1972-03-06. Transmitted: 24 March 1972. Repeated 22 September 1972.

  • No 'Alf Measures / Lything And Gracing

3. Recorded 1972-04-17. First broadcast 09 May 1972. Repeated 06 June 1972.

  • Marchide/Instant Pussy (Smoke Signal – first TX on June repeat)

Other Shows Played

Matching Mole "O Caroline"

Matching Mole "O Caroline"

  • 07 June 1973: Gloria Gloom/God's Song (Nan True's Hole?) (LP – Matching Mole's Little Red Record) CBS
  • 17 August 1976: O Caroline (LP – Matching Mole) CBS (Soft Machine Retrospective)
  • 24 December 1976: O Caroline (LP – Matching Mole) CBS #FF46

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