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Monday 29 October 2007

Thousand Yard Stare

You may not believe me, but I do have a kind of plan for where this page is going and what order I'm going to do stuff in. I've got a little notebook and everything (very reasonably priced, 79p from Sainsbury's). But then something comes along that makes me stop and shove something in that I'd forgotten about or was saving for later.

This is one of those times.

Partially because a chap called "cambridgemartin" linked to this blog from something called the Panic Club board and said it was great except for the upcoming band and partly because I'd forgotten that the featured mp3 is of one of my favourite football-metaphors-for-life records (right up there with Mathematically Safe by Half Man Half Biscuit). So ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding for Thousand Yard Stare!

Hailing from the much-maligned industrial wastelands of Slough, Thousand Yard Stare banged out a succession of pure jingly-jangly indie pop EPs of the finest quality for four years or so in the early 1990s and were right up there in the pantheon of the country's finest exponents of energetic dancey sing-a-long music that we love so much.

This particular football-metaphor-driven ditty, Thousand Yard Stare - 0-0 AET featured the talents of Martin Bell of The Wonder Stuff on fiddle, topped the Indie music charts and even made its way onto the UK top 40 singles chart.

I'd forgotten just how good Thousand Yard Stare were and I'm sorry it took so long to get them in here; but it was all part of the masterplan. Promise.


  1. Great blog you've got here.
    Would you happen to remember a band by the name of Death By Crimpers? They seem to have had more photos in Siren magazine than actual releases...

  2. This is the only song i've heard by these, does this mean this is their best song? I do love this song mind. It was on a compilation called 'Reading - The Indie Album' which i still own, great album.

  3. In reply to Kolaboy just above; I'll admit I've never heard of Death by Crimpers, however, thanks to my old friend Mr eBay I will soon be the proud owner of a slightly tatty 7" copy of "Obsessive", which I'll put up here in the not too distant future. Cheers for the heads up.

  4. That's great, thanks in advance ;)

  5. I remember this from the indie clubs of the day. I suspect that the single Shame by Eat might well be up your street if you don't have it.

  6. TYS - what a great band. More TYS stuff can be found here: http://disclocation.blogspot.com/

  7. Saw them at ULU in late 1991. Absolutely fantastic they were.

  8. Pedantically I thought TYS were from Iver not Slough, close enough to be home for tea having played the Slough festival (still one of the best I've been to), but not close enough to be featured on a regular basis on Stop, Police, Action in Slough's more interesting neighbourhoods (Iver's very nice indeed)

  9. TYS resource: http://www.geocities.com/waddly/yardies.html

  10. ....and now I am digging out my old Thousand Yard Stare Albums. Forgotten how much I loved those. Thanks for the jogging the memory

  11. Ahh, THYS. Great band. Comeuppance, Happenstance. Actually, I think Hands On was the first album I owned on CD rather than vinyl. Excellent.