The Caretaker Race were an indie pop band formed in East London in 1986 when singer/guitarist Andy Strickland (also a part-time music journalist) left The Loft. Strickland recruited Dave Mews (drums), Henry Hersom (bass guitar|bass), and Sally Ward (keyboards). The band's name came from a Star Trek paperback adventure. Gaining comparisons with The Go-Betweens, they initially released a brace of singles on their own Roustabout Records label before signing to the Foundation label in 1989. Hersom left to join Bob, his replacement being ex-Flatmates bassist Jackie Carrera, After two more singles on Foundation, the Stephen Street-produced album Hangover Square was released in 1990. Sally Ward left to take up teaching, to be replaced by Andrew Deevey. The band split up in 1991. Deevey now composes music for film and TV. Strickland also filled in on guitar for The Chesterfields in 1987.
If you like The Smith or The Go-Betweens, this is your album. Reviewing the "Hangover Square" LP in September 1990 Steve Morris quoted that "the Caretaker Race are sitting on a genuine pop goldmine".
Download : The Caretaker Race - Hangover Square