The Very Things, who did no less than five Peel sessions, were forged from a jazz-funk outfit called The Cravats. Founder members Robin Raymond Dallaway and The Shend (a.k.a. Chris Shendo, born Chris Harz) consequently formed the group I feature today as a kind of working out of their obsession with science fiction films (the Ed Wood variety), Motown and 60s psychedelia. Their fondly remembered piece of controlled lunacy The Bushes Scream While My Daddy Prunes (FF 1984 #27) was accompanied by a video which was made in conjunction with The Tube, and which caused Ken Russell to say that it was ‘wonderfully gothic’ and made him want to destroy his greatest work.
After this high point, everything seems to have truly gone to pot for the band and their deranged genius. Part of this was probably due to their lackadaisical attitude to releasing new material: their debut single before Daddy was released in November 1983, eight months previously. They fell into the habit of releasing only one single a year, and their debut LP was not followed up by the second until the end of their career in 1988. This Is Motortown (FF 1986 #30), a tribute of sorts to their favourite record label, would be the last time they troubled the chart.
The Shend formed a new band and went on to acting in Eastenders, amongst other things.