James, Ray and Bex left, to be replaced by Endeacott, Wills and Neil MacKay, the band also being signed up by Chapter 22 Records, returning with a more polished sound with the "Collision" single in 1988. Second album Fade Out followed in 1989, reaching #51 on the UK album chart. Endeacott left the band in 1988, Scott Dowson joined the following year.
The band split in 1991, with Hampson briefly joining Godflesh before forming Main with Dowson. Hampson's Main project continues although he now releases under his own name. Chasm is said to be his most recent (1999) project. Wills and Mackay went on to form The Hair and Skin Trading Company.
A collection of the band's John Peel sessions entitled Wolf Flow was released in 1992. Following the split Loop's official studio albums were re-released on their Reactor label.
The band's sound was influenced by Krautrock and No Wave influences and relied heavily on three chord riffs. Some of the records featured cover versions of Suicide, The Pop Group and Can tracks. During the latter stages of their career the band played at the Reading Festival in 1989.
Hampson's Myspace pages refer to friendly pressure to again re-release the Loop albums and these are scheduled for November 2008 on the Reactor label .
Interim line-up (87/88):
Final line-up (89/90):
|Year||Title||UK Indie Chart Position||UK Chart Position|
|Sep||1988||The World in Your Eyes|
|Sep||1989||Eternal: The Singles|
|Feb||1990||A Gilded Eternity||#1||#39|
(Peel Sessions 1987-1990)
|Year||Title||Format||UK Indie Chart Position|
|Dec||1989||"Arc-lite"||7" 12" CD||#6|