Parachute Men, The

Members of Parachute Men, The: Andrew Howes, Colleen Browne, Fiona Gregg, Mark Boyce (3), Matthew Parkin, Paul Walker (5), Stephen Gregg
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Discography of Parachute Men, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Earth, Dogs And Eggshells 12 Audio 1990 Fire Records
2 Every Other Thursday / Quiet Life 2 Audio 1990-09-10 Fire Records
3 The Innocents 12 Audio 1988 Fire Records
4 Bed And Breakfast 2 Audio 1989 Fire Records
5 Leeds Station 2 Audio 1989 Fire Records
6 If I Could Wear Your Jacket...? 2 Audio 1988 Fire Records
7 Earth, Dogs And Eggshells 12 Audio 1990
8 If I Could Wear Your Jacket...? 3 Audio 1988 Fire Records
9 Leeds Station 3 Audio 1989-04-24 Fire Records
10 The Innocents 9 Audio 1988 Fire Records
11 Bed And Breakfast 3 Audio 1989 Fire Records
12 Earth, Dogs And Eggshells 12 Audio 1990 Fire Records
13 Leeds Station 2 Audio 1989 Fire Records
14 Sometimes In Vain 3 Audio 1988 Producciones Twins
15 The Innocents 9 Audio 1988 Fire Records
16 Earth, Dogs And Eggshells 12 Audio 1990
17 The Innocents 9 Audio 1988 Vogue
18 If I Could Wear Your Jacket...? 2 Audio 1988 Fire Records


The Parachute Men formed in 1985, with a line-up of Fiona Gregg (vocals), Stephen H. Gregg (guitar), Andrew Howes (bass and keyboards), and Mark Boyce (drums and keyboards). After two years of gigging, the band were signed by large London indie label Fire Records in 1987. Their first release was a four-track EP with "Sometimes In Vain" as the lead track, in May 1988. This was followed in August of the same year by debut album The Innocents, which made the NME top 50 albums of that year. Two further singles were taken from the album, "If I Could Wear Your Jacket" (which author Mike Gayle has stated is one of his all-time favourite records) and "Bed and Breakfast". A further single, "Leeds Station" was released and also featured on the NME's Carry On Disarming video.

Howes and Boyce departed soon after, with the Greggs continuing as an acoustic duo until they recruited Matthew Parkin (bass) and Paul Walker (drums). 1990 saw the release of the second album, Earth, Dogs, and Eggshells, preceded by the single "Every Other Thursday" (a reference to signing on to the dole). The album was released over a year after it was recorded, losing much of the momentum the band had built up. The band line-up changed again, with Canadian Colleen Browne replacing Parkin. They eventually recruited a further bass player, Tony Hodges, but after playing just one gig, at Liverpool University, split in the early 1990s with no further releases.

Mark Boyce later turned up in the band The Durbervilles. Colleen Browne later joined Pale Saints and The Warm Jets. Stephen Gregg gained a PhD in English literature at the University of Leeds and is now a senior lecturer at Bath Spa University, specialising in eighteenth century literature.


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