Taking their name from a street in the Stranmillis area of their native city, the original line-up was Oscar (Thomas) Askin (vocals), Linda Clandinning (keyboards), Neil Lawson (bass guitar), Jackie Forgie (guitar) and Robert Wakeman (drums). After releasing two singles on their own Goliath label, they moved to London and signed to their manager Dave Bedford's Fire Records, (Pulp, The Jazz Butcher, Neutal Milk Hotel, Bark Psychosis etc.) with Forgie being replaced by guitarist Terry Bickers (later in The House of Love/Levitation). After an EP and LP on Fire, Bickers departed to join The House of Love, to be replaced by John Watt (previously of Kissed Air and currently composer for BBC's Dragon's Den). Wakeman also left, his replacement being ex-Big Self drummer Owen Howell. Their next release, "Fontana Eyes" received heavy airplay, although they split soon after, in 1986. Singer Askin was offered the job of replacing Ian McCulloch in Echo & the Bunnymen but declined, and went on to work in corporate events as MD of the AV company Metro Ecosse. Drummer Wakeman later resurfaced in Salad. See http://irishrock.org/ipnw/bands/colensoparade.html for a discography of the band, including nice pictures of the album and single sleeves.
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