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The Room
(England) Liverpool 1979-1985

The Room were formed in Liverpool in late 1979 by vocalist/lyricist, Dave Jackson, bassist Becky Stringer, drummer, Clive Thomas, and guitarist, Robyn Odlum. They played their first gig at Eric's in Matthew Street and released their first single Waiting Room/Motion in 1980 on their own Box Records label, along with the cassette only album Bitter Reaction. John Peel championed the band and they recorded four sessions for his programme between 1981 & 1985.

In 1981, The Room released their second single Bated Breath/In Sickness & Heath and toured the west coast of the US, as well as touring the UK, playing the Futurama Festival and ICA Rock Week. Two songs, Rewind and Chatshows were included on 1981/82 Moonlight Club compilations.

In 1982 The Room signed to Red Flame records and released the John Peel favourite Things Have Learnt To Walk that Ought to Crawl (single) and Indoor Fireworks (album), followed by the single One Hundred Years.

In 1983 Clive and Robyn were replaced by Alan Wills (drums) Paul Cavanagh (guitar) and Peter Baker (keyboards) and the band released a mini album Clear! that autumn when Red Flame were licensed to Virgin 10.

In 1984 The Room released New Dreams For Old (single) followed by the critically acclaimed In Evil Hour LP, produced by Tom Verlaine and John Porter and appeared on BBC2's Whistle Test.

In 1985, Red Flame released the Jackpot Jack EP, which featured a Saturday Live recording of the title song and a complete Janice Long session. The band split that summer and Dave and Becky went on to form Benny Profane.

In 1986 Strange Fruit released The Room's last Peel session as an EP and Red Flame re-released the Clear! mini album and In Evil Hour as a double vinyl package, 'Nemesis'. The Room's recordings are currently available in CD & download form through James Nice's LTM label.



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Releases:
One Hundred Years (7") 1982
on Red Flame - RF 715
- One Hundred Years
- The Whole World Sings
New Dreams For Old (7") 1984
on Red Flame - RFB 40
- New Dreams For Old
- On The Beach
Jackpot Jack (12") 1985
on Red Flame RF 12 42
John Peel Session (12") 1988
on Strange Fruit Records - SFPS062
On compilations:
on Cherry Red Records - CRCDBOX10
- Things Have Learnt To Walk That Ought To Crawl
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