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LAHOST were formed from the ashes of the Norwich Progressive band AIRBRIDGE. AIRBRIDGE were very sucessful in the early 1980s, releasing an album 'Paradise Moves' and a single 'Words and Pictures'. This single had the distinction of being one of Malcolm Bradburys choices on his 'Desert Island Discs' on BBC Radio 4 in the UK. At the demise of AIRBRIDGE, Sean Godfrey (bass) and Stephen Bennett (keyboards) set out to recruit members for a new band who, while maintaining their progressive roots, would embrace new technology and try to move the genre forwards. Guitarist David Valentine-Haggart was auditioned and impressed with his mighty wang bar and E-Bow. After Auditioning several drummers (Including THE LOUDEST DRUMMER IN THE WORLD), a young chap named Fudge Smith was found. Fudge could play all the fiendishly complex time signatures that Stephen could throw at him - often all at the same time. To this day, no one knows why Fudge is Fudge.

Several vocalists had previously been tried, including the aptly named 'Crazy Steve'. However Fudge brought along a friend, Mark Spencer, who just happened to be a singer. He was auditioned, and the job of frontman was his. Fudge also had another friend, Jaff, who just happened to be a percussionist. A quick flam on his Simmons electronic kit and he was in too. LAHOST was born. The Watton mafia had arrived.

Heavy touring followed. Marquee supports were played to enthusiastic audiences. DVH left to be replaced by Spindle who left to be replaced by Mary Wyatt. A single 'Just Breaking Away / The Big Sleep' was recorded at The Enid's studio. It was engineered by Simon Osbourne who has gone on to work with such unknown acts as STING and Phil COLLINS.

The bands final Gig was to a large audience at The Rock Garden in London.

Fudge is now in PENDRAGON, of course, while Stephen Bennett has played alongside him on the first Henry Fool album (which also freature Tim Bowness from NO-MAN and contributions from NO-MAN and PORCUPINE TREE's Steven Wilson.) Stephen also contributes to Tim Bowness' 'My Hotel Year' and his own musical project 'The Fire Thieves'.

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3.16 | 9 ratings
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 Erotic Antiques by LAHOST album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.16 | 9 ratings

Erotic Antiques
LaHost Neo-Prog

Review by ProgLine

4 stars The first 4 tracks are from their first cassete back in 1984 : A strange mix between new-wave and prog with a very brilliant (and pompous) instrumental (Elegant methods of parking) lead by the typical sound of the Moog (It reminds me the first Abel Ganz album and also "Market Square Hero")...

The 4 following tracks are from their second (and last) cassette from 1985... The mood here is more like Twellfth Night (Smiling at grief)

The Big Sleep (Nothing in common with the Simple Mind track) and Just breaking away are from their unique single. More new-Wave oriented. Not so bad...

Blood & roses was a song on the "Fire in harmony" compilation (1985)...

When I bought this album 20 years ago, I thought it was quiet awful and little to do with prog... So I have forgot it until now and was suprised by enjoying most of the tracks.

Don't expect raffined music it's rough and it give another point of view on the prog genre...

 Erotic Antiques by LAHOST album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.16 | 9 ratings

Erotic Antiques
LaHost Neo-Prog

Review by silvertree
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3 stars This album is in fact a sort of compilation of material the band recorded from 1984 to 1986. The band made 2 tapes. Two tracks are really outstanding ("The Drowning Pool" and "In The Cold Heat"). The others are typical neo-prog. Please note that some tracks have been recorded live at the Marquee.
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