Following the breakup of The Loft, Peter Astor (vocals, guitar) and Dave Morgan (drums) formed The Weather Prophets (named after a line in the opening paragraph of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer) in 1986. An early incarnation saw Creation Records head-honcho Alan McGee playing bass, but he soon reverted to manager as new members David Greenwood Goulding (bass) and Oisin Little (guitar) were recruited to complete the line up.
The debut single, "Almost Prayed" (Creation, 1986), seemed to carry on where The Loft had left off; consequently both interest and critical approval were high for the record, and a second single was issued on Creation that same year.
After a German mini-album, for the release of their debut album proper, McGee had successfully managed to sign the band to Elevation Records - the WEA subsidiary with which he was associated. Expectations were high when the Lenny Kaye-produced Mayflower appeared in 1987, but the album was greeted with a mixed response by the critics and the band were eventually dropped from the label.
All was not lost, however, as they eventually returned to Creation for a further album, Judges, Juries and Horsemen in 1988. By this time, Oisin Little had departed, and interest in the band had waned. A final single, "Always the Light", was issued before the band decided to split up.
Links to Peel
Peel played tracks from The Loft between 1984 and 1985 and after the band split to form the Weather Prophets, he continued his interest in the group's material by giving them airplay as well as a session for his programme in 1986. His listeners also voted Almost Prayed at number 13 in the 1986 Festive Fifty. Following the split, Peter Astor embarked upon a solo career, and later recorded as Wisdom Of Harry and Ellis Island Sound, while the two remaining members joined The Rockingbirds. All of these acts later were played by Peel on his shows.
Festive Fifty Entries
- 1986 Festive Fifty: Almost Prayed #13
- Swimming Pool Blue / Hollow Heart / She Comes From The Rain / Faithful
Other Shows Played
- 22 May 1986 (BFBS): 'Almost Prayed (7")' (Creation)
- 11 June 1986: Almost Prayed (7") Creation
- 17 June 1986: Like Frankie Lymon (12" - Almost Prayed) Creation
- 02 July 1986: Almost Prayed (7") Creation
- 08 October 1986: In My Room (12" - Naked As The Day You Were Born) Creation
- 04 November 1986: Like Frankie Lymon (2x7" - Almost Prayed) Creation
- 05 November 1986: Downbound Train (2x7" - Almost Prayed) Creation
- 08 November 1986 (BFBS): 'In My Room (7"-Naked As The Day You Were Born)' (Creation)
- 17 November 1986: In My Room (12" - Naked As The Day You Were Born) Creation
- 29 December 1986: 'Almost Prayed (7 inch)' (Creation) FF #13
- 04 March 1987: She Comes From The Rain (7") Elevation
- 11 March 1987: She Comes From The Rain (7") Elevation
- 06 May 1987: Naked As The Day You Were Born (LP - Mayflower) Elevation
- 23 June 1987: Why Does The Rain (7") Elevation
- 30 June 1987: 'Why Does The Rain (7 inch)' (Creation)
- 09 May 1988: Chinese Cadillac (12" - Hollow Heart) Creation
- 17 May 1988: Chinese Cadillac (12" - Hollow Heart) Creation
- 28 May 1988 (Radio Bremen): Chinese Cadillac (12" - Hollow Heart) Creation
- 01 June 1988 (Rockradio): Chinese Cadillac (12" - Hollow Heart) Creation
- 06 June 1988: Well Done Sonny (LP - Judges, Juries & Horsemen) Creation
- 08 June 1988: Poison Mind (LP - Judges, Juries & Horsemen) Creation
- 10 June 1988 (BFBS): 'Chinese Cadillac (12"-Hollow Heart)' (Creation)
- 15 June 1988: Well Done Sonny (v/a LP - Doing It For The Kids) Creation
- 18 June 1988 (BFBS): 'Well Done Sonny (LP-Judges, Juries & Horsemen)' (Creation)
- 30 August 1988: Always The Light (12") Creation