Yeah Yeah Noh

Yeah Yeah Noh

Infobox musical artist
Name = Yeah Yeah Noh

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Origin = Leicester, England
Genre = post punk
Years_active = 1984-1986
Label = In-Tape, Buggum, Strange Fruit
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Current_members = Derek Hammond
John Grayland
Adrian Crossan
Sue Dorey
Tom Slater (1985-1986)
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Yeah Yeah Noh were a post-punk group formed in Leicester, England in 1984. They released two albums and five singles while still together, and have had two compilation albums issued since they split in 1986.


Yeah Yeah Noh was formed by Derek Hammond (vocals, guitar) and John Grayland (guitar), with Adrian Crossan (bass) joining them for the first single. Sue Dorey (drums, vocals) was then recruited to complete the line up, debuting on the second single. Two of the band members, John Grayland and Sue Dorey (along with Damian S), published "Printhead", a free magazine focusing on independent music in Leicester and its environs. The magazine released "Let's Cut a Rug", a compilation LP of songs from local independent bands.

Signing to In-Tape records, the band debuted in June 1984 with the "Cottage Industry" EP, featuring humorous and satirical lyrics and post-punk/jangle-pop music. After a further two ep's, the releases so far were collected on the album "When I Am A Big Girl".

After adding Tom Slater on guitar, the band moved towards a more psychedelic sound and introduced more serious songwriting for first album proper, "Cutting The Heavenly Lawn Of Greatness...Last Rites For The God Of Love" in 1985. The band released a further single but split up in 1986. Hammond announced that he was forming two new groups, The New New Seekers and The Time Beings, but neither materialized, and he continued to work as a music journalist under the pseudonym D.J. Fontana.

The band's Peel sessions were collected on the "Fun On The Lawn Lawn Lawn" album in 1986, and a retrospective "Leicester Square" was issued by Cherry Red records in 2006.


(chart placings shown are from the UK Independent Chart) [Lazell, Barry:"Indie Hits 1980-1989", 1997, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4]


*"Cottage Industry" (1984, In-Tape, IT008) #23
*"Beware The Weakling Lines" (1984, In-Tape, IT010) #8
*"Prick Up Your Ears" (1985, In-Tape, IT012) #6 came with "The Yeah Yeah Noh Bumper Annual" book
*"(Another Side To) Mrs. Quill" (1985, In-Tape, IT020) #10
*"Temple of Convenience" (1985, In-Tape, IT023/ITT023) #12
*"The Peel Sessions" EP (1987, Strange Fruit, SFPS026)


*"When I Am A Big Girl" (1985, In-Tape, IT016) (mini-LP, compilation of first three ep's) #22
*"Cutting The Heavenly Lawn of Greatness...Last Rites For The God Of Love" (1985, In-Tape, IT021) #4
*"Fun On The Lawn, Lawn, Lawn" (1986, Buggum, BAAD2) (compilation of John Peel sessions) #13
*"Leicester Square: The Best of Yeah Yeah Noh" (2006, Cherry Red, CDMRED183)


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