Cult heroes: Mostly Autumn

gu-mostly-autumnMy “Cult Heroes” piece on Mostly Autumn is now published in The Guardian Music Blog.

It’s both a great honour and more than a bit scary to be asked to write about a favourite band for the online section of a national newspaper, especially when I’m on first name terms with many past and present members of the band. They have always had a few noisy detractors, mostly jealous fans of less successful acts. They also had some very defensive obsessives who used to take the mildest criticism as an personal attack on the band. There was always an outside chance of the comments turning ugly.

I wanted it to read authentically rather than something fanboyish, so I covered the downs as well as the ups; mentioning the mis-marketing during the Classic Rock Productions years as well as the wobbly period when Iain Jennings (briefly) left in 2006. But I hope those are balanced by more than enough strong positives.

With a word count of a thousand words give or take a hundred, there wasn’t room for everything I wanted to include. One thing I’d like to have said more about was the extended family of related bands in their orbit. That includes side-projects like Odin Dragonfly and Josh & Co, as well as separate creative projects by past and present members, such as The Heather Findlay Band, Halo Blind and Cloud Atlas. Or Breathing Space, the side project that took on a life of its own before being reabsorbed back into the mothership. They’re all part of the Mostly Autumn story, and they’re a part of what the fandom is about.

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4 Responses to Cult heroes: Mostly Autumn

  1. Tom B says:

    Congratulations. Well done Tim! A really good article. It must have been difficult condensing it down for the word limit. It will be interesting to see what the response will be. The line “One reviewer said that had Mostly Autumn been around in 1974 they’d have been one of the biggest bands in Britain” struck a chord – I’ve often said the same myself – and therein lies the problem (if it is a problem) as to why they’ve not had any commercial or mainstream success. The taste of the public at large has moved on over the last 40 years.

  2. Tim Hall says:

    One drive-by troll, but the comments were largely positive. One was from The Judge :)

    Also noticed Heather linked to it from here Facebook page.

  3. I’ve said “had Mostly Autumn been around in 1974 they’d have been one of the biggest bands in Britain” in the past — when I read it I thought you were quoting me :D

    It was a great article I think, very positive but also fair and balanced.

    Heather was very complimentary on her Facebook page.

  4. Tim Hall says:

    To be honest, I can’t remember where I first read that line I quoted, Might have been you.