The band played live for 5 years and recorded 3 albums, the mini-album Tell 'em We're Surfin', released on South London independent label Bad Girl Records, and its full-length follow-ups, Furthest From The Sun and Magic Happens, released by Dedicated Records. The band never quite capitalised on the momentum generated by the success of debut single "Tom Verlaine", which was named Single of the Week by the NME, although the band's final LP, Magic Happens entered the lower reaches of the album chart and "Airplane Gardens", about the same for a week on the UK Top 50 Singles. Mainly The Family Cat would place many singles on the UK Indie Chart including "Steamroller", a slow burning 8 minute blast of rock'n'roll.
They also grabbed headlines by naming one of their songs "Bring Me The Head of Michael Portillo" and later turned their attention to Jonathan Aitken who was so incensed that the proposed single was shelved.
Influenced by the last 30 years of popular music from the Beatles to Scott Walker to the Velvet Underground, their music was very melodic and radio friendly, but in spite of critical acclaim the band were unable to reach the heights of "Britpop" bands like Oasis or Blur.
Some members were once in a Cornish punk-indie band called Clive who played at ULU.
|Year||Album||Billboard 200||Official U.K Album Charts||Top Digital Albums||UK Indie Chart||Label|
|1989||Tell Em We're Surfin||-||-||-||6||Badgirl|
|1993||Furthest From The Sun||-||-||-||Dedicated|
Paul Frederick later formed Pure Grain, who made one EP for their own Supple Pipe label, entitled "Here Come The Millionaires".
Choosing to concentrate on studio work, Pure Grain changed their name to Jack Adaptor in 2004. Their first, self-titled album was released on Schnitzel records in November 2004, with a single "No Logos" on the same label. This was followed up by "Road Rail River" (again on Schnitzel) in 2005 and "Right Royal", released on the band's own Supple Pipe label, followed in early 2006. The latest LP "Swimming Pool Lies" will be released on Imprint Records on November 17th 2008. The band is now Paul Frederick (vocals) and Christopher Cordoba (all instruments/production).
John Graves is now a wine expert resident on the South Coast of England, living "the quiet life" in contrast to his career in the early 1990s.
Tim McVay and Kevin Downing are working at Zebedees, a youth development centre in Truro, Cornwall. The project is heavily musically based and amongst other duties they both teach instruments, and help develop young bands. In 2007 the project formed its own record label "Zebs Records" and have to date released one album; a compilation of new Cornish acts called "The Sound Of Young Cornwall". The album has achieved local and national radio plays and received much critical acclaim, again, from both local and national papers.
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