X RAY: THE SOUP DRAGONS

WARNING RADIO back with another installment of X RAY.  I’m still on a bit of a “baggy” kick lately so today we will take a look at Glasgow Scottland’s THE SOUP DRAGONS.

Best known for their 1990 upbeat cover of the Rolling Stones “I’m Free” The Soup Dragons got their start in 1985 inspired by first wave british punk acts like the Adverts and Buzzcoks. After a few singles and their debut album This Is Our Art the band’s love of melodly and harmonly fueld pop prompted them to get singned to the Subway Orginazation and they quickly got lumped into the indie crazed C86 movement along with bands such as Teenage Fanclub as well as label mates The Flatmates and The Chesterfields.

But nearing the end of the 80’s UK music and culture was among a huge shift fuled by extasy and the subsequent rave culture that began to seep into the guitar driven indie sound and in 1990 the Soup Dragons released their trippy acid house meets indie rock LP Lovegod. Their second single off the album “I’m Free” fit in nicely with the “baggy” madchester sound and earned them a huge hit reaching #5 on the UK singles chart.

The band continued on releasing another album Hotwired in ’92 containing their biggest US hit “Divine Thing” which was nominated by MTV as one of the years best but was edged out by “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

In 1994 The Soup Dragons released their fourth and final studio LP titled Hydrophonic inlisting an interesting cast of session musicians including  Tina Weymouth from the Talking Heads, funky bass player Bootsy Collins and Nevel Staples. However due to lack luster sales and reviews the band fizzled out and split up in 1995.

Most of the members went on to other musical projects with SD band leader Sean Dickson forming the experimental band The High Fidelity, Drummer Paul Quinn teaming up with Teenage Fanclub, Sushil K. Dade forming the experimental rock band Future Pilot A.K.A. and finally guitarist Jim McCulloch teamed up with former Belle & Sabastian singer Isobel Campbell and a slew of other Glaswegian musicians for the folkgroup Snowgoose.

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