The indie band was formed in Hull in 1985 by two former Red Guitars, Hallam Lewis (guitar and vocals) and Lou Duffy-Howard (bass) joined by drummer Grant Ardis. Described by Sounds’ David Cavanagh as ‘Crazy James Chance meets Holger Czukay’ they released two acclaimed albums in the late 1980s. Their 1988 album was ‘In the Best of All Possible Worlds’. In 1989 their second album ‘Not Drowning but Waving’ was released on Records of Achievement. Singles White Lies, Fly by Night, Taken for a Ride and Mouth to Mouth featured both 7″ and 12″ vinyl extended mixes.
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The Planet Wilson’s intelligent Psycho Afrodelic sound has been praised by scientists and experts across the known universe.
“Snaking pop bass lines, twisted vocals, odd un-western rhythms and fragments of African style guitar.” NME
“Inventive and effectively atmospheric – and invigorating truly original sound.” Music Week
“Deserves to be enjoyed by a much bigger audience. Serious, demanding and danceable all at the same time.” The Independent
“Often waywardly dense sense of rhythm and some wonderfully snaking guitar lines. They make a shiveringly good noise.” Sounds
“A kind of Afro meets Devo cocktail. Truly original sound wise, The Planet Wilson had a few things to offer visually too – out of tis world! … Not a million light years away from the early spaced out Roxy Music.” Record Mirror
“Quickly becomes compelling, even if you try and resist it, as though it taps into some primal arterial route straight to the brain.” Hi Fi Review
“The Planet Wilson are worth taking time over …there’s back biting comment on modern society, misrepresentation and apartheid to name a few…anyone with a half open mind should take time out to listen to them.” What Hi Fi
Sound commercial potential without any of the usual crass drawbacks.” Underground Magazine