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Published on Feb 21, 2014
POPGUNS Waiting For The Winter
The Popguns were an indie rock band which played a part in the British jangle pop scene. Originally from Brighton, East Sussex, they formed in 1986 by vocalist Wendy Morgan, guitarists Simon Pickles and Greg Dixon plus bassist Pat Walkington and were joined by Shaun Charman, the former drummer for The Wedding Present in 1988.
Their first release, Where Do You Go?, came in the form of a split flexi disc (with How Many Beans Make Five?) given away free with an issue of a local zine in 1988. The next year this was followed by the single "Landslide", (released by Medium Cool Records), which reached number 20 on the UK Indie Chart, and made it to No. 46 on BBC radio DJ John Peel's annual Festive Fifty list for that year. The singles "Waiting for the Winter" (1989) and "Someone You Love" (1990) featured on their debut album, Eugenie (also 1990), released by the record label Midnight Music. The single "Still a World Away", preceded second album Snog, which was followed by the EPs XXX and Crazy (all released in 1991). Charman left, leaving the group on a brief hiatus which saw them lose a significant amount of their media coverage. The single "Star" saw them debut for their new label, 3rd Stone, who released their third album, Love Junky (1995), which also contained the 1995 single, "Get Out". Their final album, A Plus de Cent (1996) - which features the French language version of their last single, "Harley Davidson" - was released by Tall Poppy Records.
2012 saw the band resume live performances with 6 gigs in that year and a further 2 in 2013. At least 4 new songs were included in these performances.