The Flaming Stars

The Flaming Stars

Infobox musical artist
Name = The Flaming Stars
Background = group_or_band
Genre = Garage Punk Indie rock
Years_active = 1994 - present
Label = UK - Ace Records/ Big Beat Records(current), Vinyl Japan US - Alternative Tentacles
Current_members = Max Décharné Huck Whitney Mark Hosking Paul Dempsey Joe Whitney

The Flaming Stars are an English underground garage punk band known for their gritty rock and their brooding edge. The Flaming Stars can be compared to artists such as the Tindersticks and The Bad Seeds.


The band was formed in 1994 by lead singer and Ex-Gallon Drunk drummer Max Décharné, guitarists Huck Whitney and Mark Hosking, bassists Paul Dempsey, and Joe Whitney on the drums. The band was signed to the London-based, but Japanese owned, Vinyl Japan UK Ltd. The band first gained attention in Europe when they released their EP "Hospital, Heaven or Hell" which received praise from well known English radio personalities John Peel and Steve Lamacq, respectively. Because of this, they recorded six John Peel Sessions which were released throughout the 90s and eventually released together in 2000 on a double-disc album called The Six John Peel Sessions [] .

In 1996, the Stars released their first album, "Songs From the Bar Room Floor", which was followed by "Sell Your Soul to the Flaming Stars" in 1999. In 2001, The Flaming Stars released "A Walk on the Wired Side", a slight departure from their previous works. The album takes less from 1960's style garage rock and instead focused more on creating their own unique sound. The Star's gained a mild hit in the UK from their album "A Walk on the Wired Side" with the song, "Some Things You Don't Forget". The band received considerable attention in the U.K.'s underground scene while remaining fairly unknown in the United States. The Flaming Stars, not content with one album every few years, released their fifth studio album, "Sunset & Void", in 2002.

Two years later in 2004, the Flaming Stars released "Named and Shamed", their 10th anniversary album. In early 2006, Vinyl Japan went into receivership and the Star's were signed to Big Beat Records, which is owned by Ace Records [] . On March 16, they released their first album on Big Beat, a 42 track compilation record titled "London After Midnight: Singles, Rarities and Bar Room Floor-Fillers 1995-2005". In September 2006, they released their seventh studio album, "Born Under a Bad Neon Sign".


tudio albums

*"Songs From the Bar Room Floor" (Vinyl Japan 1996)
*"Sell Your Soul to the Flaming Stars" (Vinyl Japan 1999)
*"Pathway" (Vinyl Japan 1999)
*"A Walk on the Wired Side" (Vinyl Japan 2001)
*"Sunset & Void" (Vinyl Japan 2002)
*"Named and Shamed" (Vinyl Japan 2004)
*"Born Under A Bad Neon Sign" (Big Beat, 2006)

ingles/ EPs

*"Hospital, Heaven or Hell" (Vinyl Japan, March 1995)
*"The Face On The Bar Room Floor" (Vinyl Japan, August 1995)
*"Money To Burn" (Vinyl Japan, December 1995)
*"Downhill Without Brakes (Vinyl Japan, May 1996)
*"Ten Feet Tall" (Vinyl Japan, December 1996)
*"Bury My Heart At Pier 13" (Vinyl Japan, March 1997)
*"New Hope For The Dead" (Vinyl Japan, October 1997)
*"The Day The Earth Caught Fire / Sweet Smell Of Success" (Vinyl Japan, April 1998)
*"Only Tonight" (Vinyl Japan, November 1999)
*"You Dont Always Want What You Get" (Vinyl Japan, January 2001)
*"One Lonely Night / Days Like This" (Alternative Tentacles, September 2001)
*"A Little Bit Like You" (Vinyl Japan, September 2002)
*"Spilled Your Pint" (Vinyl Japan, Bang! Records, 2004)
*"Stranger On the Fifth Floor" (Vinyl Japan 2005

Other albums

*"The Six John Peel Sessions" (Vinyl Japan, 2000)
*"Tijuana Bible', (Nippon Columbia, July 2000) (Japanese release only)
*"Ginmill Perfume", (Alternative Tentacles, 2000) (North American release only)
*"Bring Me the Rest of Alfredo Garcia (Singles 1995-1996)" (Vinyl Japan, 2003)
*"London After Midnight: Singles, Rarities and Bar Room Floor-Fillers 1995-2005" (Big Beat Records, 2006)

External links

* [ The "Unofficial" Flaming Stars website]
* [ The Flaming Star's official Myspace]

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