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Thursday 24 January 2008


I've been asked about this particular EP a couple of times in the past and I'd elevated it to some sort of mythical level in my mind; probably because the band in question are a bit of a sod to Google for (and easily steal S*M*A*S*H's thunder as hardest band to research). I've no idea whether, in reality, Stare are that obscure, but I tell you what, you try to find anything about them on the internet...

What do we know about them band then? Well, not much. Between 1991 and 1992 this four-piece, who are possibly from Nofolk, released three EPs called Stare, Mood and Work on the Fusebox and Big Life record labels. The band members were Michael Brown, Karl Goodbody, Richard Hammerton and Derek O'Sullivan.

And that's it really. All my usual sources of information have come up blank and I'm at a bit of a loss. To try and help remember this lot, I've stared a Wikipedia page for them here; as usual anyone with any useful facts and information, please feel free to add them there and we'll try and build up a better picture.

What I can tell you is that this is Stare - Stare from the Stare EP and sounds a little like Thousand Yard Stare, who themselves make searching for our friends difficult and is a pretty good bit of indie pop.

Update: For James and a couple of other people that have asked, this is the whole Stare EP (14mb .rar file); I'm not keen on hosting the whole of any of these records, so if there are complaints I'll take it down. Also, it's on Rapidshare so it won't last forever, get it while it's hot!


  1. you're a genius!

    seriously - thanks.


  2. Thanks. On the subject of difficult bands to search for, I'd always wondered how you bought any "The The" on amazon. When I was young, band names had to be short and enigmatic
    blur, ride, oasis, verve etc..if they were proper music, or weird anagrams if they were dance indie crossovers - emf, klf, pwei etc.Now I bet the first thing they do is check the myspace name hasn't been taken.

  3. This is great any chance of putting the other tracks up. i have all 3 ep's on record but dont have the technology to get them onto CD!

    I was an Indie Kid in Norfolk in the early 90's and Stare along with Catherine Wheel, the Spinning jennys and the Bardots were the best around. I saw them a couple of times once was at Radio1's Sound City in 1992 (i think) They opened for Carter and the Farm. I have requently googled them to no avail and i dont even know if they ever released an album. Great blog keep up the good work.


  4. Hello, This is not about Stare (a new discovery for me!), but I've been visiting your site for quite a while now and just wanted to say how much I like it. I also have a request for Intastella. They were apparently very good (as I recently discovered on my blog www.cocktailsandrecords.net/blog) but I have absolutely no recollection of what they sounded like...

  5. Hello... I remember Stare, think I saw them at Bath Moles once. Richard Hammerton runs a studio, Purple Studios, and subsequently produced various Norwich bands like The Sunflowers, Navigator and a million others. See http://www.purplestudios.co.uk/. Your blog is full of brilliant gems by the way so thanks!

  6. Look here, http://norwichmusic.wikia.com, add things, I was looking for The Bardots releases to add to the wiki and found your blog. They played last night at the 20th anniversary of the Wilde Club, and were as I remembered them, only a bit older obviously, they reformed specially, it was all very strange.
    As for Stare, Richard Hammerton is still about and rumour has it he's working on material with Michael Brown and one of Catherine Wheel, He's not running Purple Studios anymore, and he still talks too much in a very entertaining way usually.

  7. They recorded in Bath, Moles studios above the club, 1991 or 1992, lovely chaps.

  8. Stare will be playing in Norwich in april 2012
    Album to be released also.