The Haywains

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A British indiepop band from Midsomer Norton, Somerset, England, active from the late 1980s into the mid 1990s. The group formed in 1988, taking their name from 'The Hay Wain', a painting by English landscape artist John Constable.

The band's personnel changed on many occasions, but the most active line-up was - Paul Towler (b. 1965 Bristol, England; guitar), Jeremy Hunt (b. 1965 Manchester, England; vocals), Rachel Jones (vocals), Dave Yelling (b. 1965 Paulton, England; bass) and Marc Bendell (drums).

The band's debut release 'The Surfin' Trowbridge EP', a flexi-disc issued with Woosh fanzine in September 1988 was an early example of indiepop. The group established their own record label Emily's Shop Records for the release of their first 7" single, 'The Fisherman's Friend EP' in July 1988 which saw them gain radio airplay from John Peel. The record was intended as a homage to the Fisherman's Friend throat lozenges produced by Lofthouse of Fleetwood, who allowed the group permission to reproduce their brand's iconic packaging on the record cover.

The vinyl EP became the format of choice for the band. The group's second 7" single 'The Freshen Up EP' was released by German label Blam-A-Bit Records in September 1990. The group's first LP 'Never Mind Manchester, Here's The Haywains', was self-released in 1991, and reissued on CD by Vinyl Japan the following year. The group's third 7" single 'Snuggle Up Warm With The Haywains' was released in the USA in 1991 by Four Letter Words, a record label regarded as one of America's first indiepop imprints.

The Haywains signed to Vinyl Japan in 1992 which would be their label until 1995. A 12" EP 'Rosanna' and a compilation CD 'Get Happy With The Haywains' were released by Vinyl Japan in 1992 followed by the band's second album 'Desperately Seeking Something' in 1993. The band's next 7" EP 'Why Do I Get The Feeling Your Mother Hates Me?' was released by Spanish label Elefant Records in August 1995.

After disbanding in 1996, singer Jeremy Hunt went on to co-run punk label Cider City Records who have released recordings by US bands T.S.O.L. and Welt as well as a posthumous compilation CD by The Haywains, 'A37 Revisited' released in 2010. Songwriter Paul Towler went on to form other bands - The Casswells, active between 1996-1997 and The Westfield Mining Disaster, active between 2006-2010.

In 2013, The Haywains reformed to mark the 25th Anniversary of their inception, performing shows in the UK, USA and Spain. This incarnation of the band released three 7" vinyl EPs for Cloudberry Records, Dufflecoat Records and Whoops! Records as well as a Christmas 7" single for Dutch based label Snowflake Records. The band's most recent gig was in 2017. Future shows have not been ruled out.
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Albums

The Haywains - Never Mind Manchester, Here's...The Haywains album art The Haywains Never Mind Manchester, Here's...The Haywains (Album) Emily's Shop UK 1991 Sell This Version
The Haywains - Desperately Seeking Something album art The Haywains Desperately Seeking Something (Album) Vinyl Japan UK 1993 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Haywains - The Surfin' Trowbridge E.P. album art The Haywains The Surfin' Trowbridge E.P. (EP, Single) Woosh UK 1988 Sell This Version
The Haywains - Fisherman's Friend E.P. album art The Haywains Fisherman's Friend E.P. (EP) Emily's Shop UK 1989 Sell This Version
The Haywains - The Freshen Up E.P. (Three New Cuts On Forty Five) album art The Haywains The Freshen Up E.P. (Three New Cuts On Forty Five) (EP) Blam-A-Bit Germany 1990 Sell This Version
The Haywains - Snuggle Up Warm With The Haywains album art The Haywains Snuggle Up Warm With The Haywains (Single) Four Letter Words, Four Letter Words US 1991 Sell This Version
The Haywains - Rosanna album art The Haywains Rosanna (EP, Single) Vinyl Japan, Vinyl Japan UK 1992 Sell This Version
ER-116 The Haywains - Why Do I Get The Feeling Your Mother Hates Me? album art The Haywains Why Do I Get The Feeling Your Mother Hates Me?(7", EP) Elefant Records ER-116 Spain 1994 Sell This Version
The Haywains - Get On Board With The Haywains album art The Haywains Get On Board With The Haywains (EP) Cloudberry Records North America (inc Mexico) 2014 Sell This Version
The Haywains - Bobbie Gentry's Tears album art The Haywains Bobbie Gentry's Tears (EP) Dufflecoat Records UK 2015 Sell This Version
The Haywains - Girl In The Holly Court Diner album art The Haywains Girl In The Holly Court Diner (EP) Whoops! Records UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
Snowflake 12 The Haywains - Who Needs Summer? / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town album art The Haywains Who Needs Summer? / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town(7", Single, Ltd, Sno) Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club Snowflake 12 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
none The Haywains - Kiss Her Like Howard Keel album art The Haywains Kiss Her Like Howard Keel(File, MP3, Single) Exchange Record Shop none UK 2020

Compilations

none The Haywains - Pophearts album art The Haywains Pophearts(Cass, Comp, Ltd) Not On Label none UK 1989 Sell This Version
ER4 The Haywains - In Bed With The Haywains album art The Haywains In Bed With The Haywains(Cass, Comp, Ltd) Elefant Records ER4 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
The Haywains - Get Happy With The Haywains album art The Haywains Get Happy With The Haywains (Comp) Vinyl Japan UK 1993 Sell This Version
CIDEREYE14 The Haywains - A37 Revisited album art The Haywains A37 Revisited(CD, Comp, RM) Cider City Records CIDEREYE14 UK 2011 Sell This Version

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April 24, 2019
I heard a rumour that the band got their name because of comments that they "were no oil paintings". No idea of the veracity of this.

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