Pulp’s 1993 Guide to Sheffield – NME Sheffield Sound City supplement

Sheffield Sound City 1993

In April 1993, Sheffield hosted the then annual Sound City event. This meant BBC Radio 1 came to town and there were live broadcasts, gigs, workshops and films.

Here is the NME supplement from that time, including Jarvis Cocker’s guide to the city.

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Forgotten Sheffield bands: the Suncharms

Sheffield’s shoegazers

The Suncharms were part of Sheffield’s contribution to the shoegazing music scene of the late 80s/early 90s.

Shoegazing is characterised spacey tones, a groovy feel and melodic vocals often buried in a wall of fuzzy guitars. Notable bands of the genre include Ride, Catherine wheel and Chapterhouse, and although not as successful, those that remember the Suncharms do so with fondness.

I’m told that they were named after a soft drinks factory in their home town of Huddersfield called Suncharm which sold dandilion and burdock and lemonade in glass bottles.

The two 12″s that they released are now quite collectable. Their debut EP – out 18 years ago this month – included the track Sparkle and got good reviews after being sent to the music weeklies in a Catherine wheel record sleeve. It was also played by John Peel.

Tranquil day was the follow up release and continues in much the same vain of their debut. Hear this at the Static fuzz blog where it is described as ‘fuzzy pop melodies wrapped in sugar-coated melancholy’.

According to this article, the band continued until 1993 with a final live appearance at BBC Radio 1’s Sound City in their adopted home of Sheffield. It turns out that the drummer went on to be a teacher here where he was also known to play drums in bands with his pupils.

Here is a psychedelic video for Sparkle, edited using live footage from a Library theatre gig in Sheffield: