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The Weather Prophets were a British indie band formed in London in 1986 after the break-up of The Loft.

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.

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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

Sessions

THE_WEATHER_PROPHETS_John_Peel_2nd_November_1986

THE WEATHER PROPHETS John Peel 2nd November 1986

1. Recorded: 1986-11-02. First Broadcast: 01 December 1986, 30 December 1986, 10 February 1987

  • Swimming Pool Blue / Hollow Heart / She Comes From The Rain / Faithful

Other Shows Played

1986
1987
1988

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