MY PIERROT DOLLS
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My Pierrot Dolls was formed in the industrial town of Rotherham in 1981 by Ivor Hillman (vocals), Barry Thurman (a.k.a. Baz) (bass), Andy Stevenson (keyboards) and Steve Keyworth (keyboards). They created dark, minimalistic synth pop songs and adopted the flamboyant, theatrical looks of the emerging new romantic scene. “A time when men were men and My Pierrot Dolls wore lipstick”. They automatically gathered a cult following and between September 1981 and January 1982 they played 13 gigs, then Andy and Steve left the band to pursue other projects and Ian Hicken (a.k.a. Ian Stuart) and Pete Antcliff took their place at the keyboards. They recorded four tracks at Ken Patten’s Studio Electrophonique, two of them would be released in the highly regarded “Subtle Hints” compilation later in 1983. But before that, Ian and Pete also left the band in November 1982.

Ivor and Baz decided to go ahead with a darker, more aggressive post-punk / goth sound that would still have keyboards but not as prominent as before. They “took away the costume and washed away their faces” and recruited John Airton on guitar, Richard Scotrick on drums and Ivor’s smaller brother Ian Hillman on keyboards. They changed the band’s name to Crime Of Passion and recorded three songs again at Studio Electrophonique, but as these were never released, no physical trace of this band name change remains, apart from a couple of newspaper clippings from back in the day.

By 1984 Richard Scotrick had been replaced by Howard Daniels, who had been briefly drumming for Skeletal Family also. They recorded two songs at Cargo studios that were released as a self-produced 7” single, under the My Pierrot Dolls moniker again. The band did a few more gigs and there are quite a bunch of songs that never got properly recorded, but they finally called it a day in 1985.

My Pierrot Dolls reunited in 2013. First Ivor, Baz, Andy then Ivor, Baz, Ian and Michael Frith did a few gigs, even some supporting Sigue Sigue Sputnik but in 2018 disbanded again. End of an era.

 



MY PIERROT DOLLS - THE HAUNTING

A1.Picture in oils
A2.My pierrot dolls
A3.The toy pt. 2
A4.Mirrors don't lie
A5.Picture in oils (remix)

B1.End of an era
B2.Red creation
B3.The haunting
B4.Martyrdom
B5.End of an era (7" version)