Back to the Grind (1984)

While working a holiday job in the summer of 1984, Keith, and Michael (of Blackburn band Psychopython) formed Back to the Grind with Gordon and Craig (of Cloudburst / Albino Dinnerjacket).

They played other people’s songs for a few weeks, for fun. And, realising they had enough ideas of their own, they convened in Keith’s home studio to write and record songs.

Gordon is a moron
Light from a Distant Beacon, 1984

The result was the album Light from a Distant Beacon, an odd mixture of tracks ranging from Ambient to Dance, via hippy punk lounge-lizard.

They were so pleased with their album that copies were sent to radio stations, with the apocalyptic Nice Day for a Picnic being played on Red Rose Radio. “Pigs will fly, whatever they say.”


  • Michael Brandon – bass, keyboard and voice
  • Keith Nuttall – guitars, synthesiser and voice
  • Gordon Farquhar – voice, keyboard and harmonica
  • Craig Jepson – drums and enthusiasm