(Band photos: Ian Farnill, c/o Andrew Thompson)
1983 – 1986
Mike Farnill (bass / vocals)
Andy “Tommo” Thompson (guitar)
Dave Lofts (drums)
Ian Muir (keyboards)
Quel Dommage’s only single “Bright Lights” (released by Hull/Cottingham based label Xcentric Noise in 1984) received airplay from the great John Peel back in the day and was engineered by Colin Richardson, who learned his trade under Martin Hannett (Joy Division, Factory Records, et al) and worked heavily with The Chameleons and many early 80s punk bands.
In 2016 the band retrospectively released The First And Last EP (on digital download and limited edition CD, via web-based label 3 Trousers Music), featuring songs recorded both before and after the “Bright Lights” single. The first two tracks were recorded at Ken Giles’ Studio in Bridlington and engineered by Ken himself who also did all the early Sisters of Mercy singles, and worked with The March Violets among many, many others. The second two tracks were recorded at Steve Larkman’s Angel Studios near Hedon.
3 Trousers previously issued the 2013 digital/download compilation Drogo Beat which featured QD’s hitherto unreleased studio recordings from 1983 to 1986, plus “Bright Lights”.
During their time the band supported Chelsea, Skeletal Family, The Cult Maniax and others and were even supported themselves by an (early) Housemartins, who they played with several times – including a hilarious shared transit van to a Northampton gig just before the latter signed to Go! Discs.
(Andrew Thompson / Hull Music Archive)
Singles / EPs
Bright Lights (7″) – Xcentric Noise, 1984
The First And Last EP (download / CD) – 3 Trousers Music, 2016
Drogo Beat (download) – 3 Trousers Music, 2013
The Twilight Zone (cassette compilation) – Zeiga Recordings, 1984 (track: Fear Of God)