The Noseflutes were an unorthodox, late-eighties indie band based in Birmingham. They released three EPs and three albums, and received generally favourable reviews from the contemporary music press. Their second album, Zib Zob and His Kib Kob, made The People newspaper's list of The 101 Most Awful Album Titles of All Time. The band was formed in 1980 and both the band and the members went through several names before settling on the Noseflutes (previous names include The Blaggards, the Cream Dervishes, Extroverts in a Vacuum, The Viable Sloths, Pantaloni Brothers, and Shitstormer). After three albums and singles, the band disbanded in 1991.

Links to Peel

Peel first heard the band in the mid 80's, when the group released their first releases on Reflex records. Later they joined the Ron Johnson label, whose artists were also played by Peel on his programmes. However, after the Ron Johnson label folded, and the band set up their own indie label called Rictus Recordings, he had lost interest in them when they released their Mellow Throated LP in 1991. The band did in total four sessions for his shows.



THE NOSEFLUTES John Peel 1st September 1985

1. Recorded: 1985-09-01. Broadcast: 11 September 1985. Repeated: 25 September 1985, 14 October 1985

  • Taking Out The Creases / Worthy Pious / Let Me In To Beg / Love Endures The Autumn / Bullet Enters Brad

2. Recorded: 1986-08-17. Broadcast: 25 August 1986. Repeated: 15 September 1986

  • History Of Heart Disease / Serving In Paradise / Catcheel Maskhole / Leg Full Of Alcohol / The Ravers

3. Recorded: 1987-05-05. Broadcast: 20 May 1987. Repeated: 09 June 1987

  • Body Hair / Rotting Honeymoon / Spitball On My Kisser / Thug Thug Thug

4. Recorded: 1989-01-08. Broadcast: 16 January 1989

  • Born In The Last Ditch / Ossified / Rum Ship / Much Decorated

Other Shows Played


The Nose Flutes - Girth

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    The Noseflutes - Romance Takes Control

    11 June 1986: Lumbo/The Harmony Of Dogs (LP - Several Young Men Ignite Hardboard Stump) Reflex
  • 17 June 1986: Past Promise Broken In Previous Life (LP - Several Young Men Ignite Hardboard Stump) Reflex
  • 28 June 1986 (BFBS) / Peel 036 (BFBS): 'Holiday Time (LP-Several Young Men Ignite Hardboard Stump)' (Reflex)
  • 02 July 1986: Holiday Time (LP - Several Young Men Ignite Hardboard Stump) Reflex
  • 02 July 1986 (VPRO): Holiday Time (LP - Several Young Men Ignite Hardboard Stump) Reflex
  • 28 July 1986: Romance Takes Control (LP - Several Young Men Ignite Hardboard Stump) Reflex

Noseflutes - bodyhair up in the air

  • 05 July 1989: Needle To The Sackcloth (album - Zib Zob And His Kib Kob) Rictus
  • 05 July 1989: Yellow (album - Zib Zob And His Kib Kob) Rictus

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