60ft Dolls biography

60ft Dolls

Last updated: 17 November 2008

The major label-signed 60ft Dolls released some indie cult classics.

Former Pooh Sticks frontman Huw Williams took on the task of their management, somehow guiding them to a worldwide record deal with the huge Geffen label, despite - or perhaps because of - press reports of all sorts of on-the-road shenanigans.

Members

  • Richard J Parfitt: vocals, guitar
  • Mike Cole: bass
  • Carl Bevan: drums

Their singles Happy Shopper, Pig Valentine and Stay brought them into the pages of the national indie inkie press, and the releases did all right without setting the world alight.

Instead, their fanbase was based around the weekly NME- and Melody Maker-types, and it was the NME BratBus tour that found them touring with one-hit-wonders Veruca Salt in 1995. Radio picked up on the re-released singles during 1996 translating into a couple of top 40 hits. The parent album The Big 3 sold modestly but steadily.

1996 and 1997 brought festival appearances across Europe for the threepiece, followed by their second, and last, album, Joya Magica, in 1997. It was released worldwide by Sony, but this set didn't have the same songwriting charm and proved their last recorded work.

The band went their separate ways, with Parfitt acting as a session musician for many acts, before releasing his debut solo album, Highlights In Slow Motion, in 2002.


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