- Yeah Yeah Noh
Infobox musical artist
Name = Yeah Yeah Noh
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 1984-1986
In-Tape, Buggum, Strange Fruit
Current_members = Derek Hammond
Tom Slater (1985-1986)
Yeah Yeah Noh were a
post-punkgroup formed in Leicester, Englandin 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.
In-Taperecords, 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 Redrecords 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 Peelsessions) #13
*"Leicester Square: The Best of Yeah Yeah Noh" (2006, Cherry Red, CDMRED183)
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