Royal Family And The Poor

Royal Family And The Poor

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Originally formed 1978 by Michael Anthony Keane (sound effects) and Arthur McDonald (vocals), their sound was created by dismantling a radio receiver and wiring it up to a small analog synthesizer & connecting them both to an old stereo gram. This could then be manipulated by moving magnets around the receiver in the radio. In fact the oblique band moniker soon became the identity of just one man, Michael Anthony Keane, whose chequered history is a complicated tale of perseverance in the face of adversity. After sending a tape with sound frequencies and rap, they were signed by Factory.

1979 RFATP were joined by Nathan McGough (bass) and Phil Hurst (drums), and Mike Keane took over vocals, guitar and keyboards. Played at the Moonlight Club in London supporting Joy Division.
By 1980 Phil Hurst left to join Hollycaust and was replaced by Donald Johnson.

The end of 1981 and into the following year saw the Royal Family revert back to the original duo, playing their final gig at Plato's Ballroom (which Arthur & Nathan had set up as a venue). Arthur then moved to Newcastle and Mike got involved in solo projects and also formed Legend Agency & the Project

1984 Mike Keen is resurrecting the Royal Family with himself, John Neesham on violin, Peter Hook on drums, vocals, keyboards, Lita Hira on keyboards, and Chris Jones (vocals). Mike Keane is touring the UK at this point with Stockholm Monsters.

In 1985, The Royal Family & The Poor left Factory Records and Mike Keane formed his own record label, Gaia Communications World Network. They quickly released one LP and a 12" single, as well as recording an entire collection of new material before the distribution company Red Rhino collapsed, effectively wiping-out the label over night.
1984/85 also sees another complete new line-up: Mike Keane (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion), Karen Halewood (keyboards), John Walsh (2) (bass, guitar), Ambrose Reynolds (bass, percussion), Jeff Turner (3) (saxophone, guitar, violin), Kif Cole (percussion). This line up toured with New Order.

1986 saw Jeff, Karen and Kif depart and to be replaced by Paula Simms (vocals), John Metcalfe (violin) and Judith Laity (cello). Touring Holland.

In 1987 RFATP recruites Simon Crab (vocals, keyboards), Merlin Shepherd (saxophone), Andy Frizell (bass). Band toured Germany & Belgium.
Pete Fuck (aka Pic Meter, Peter Jones, Cosmic) played keyboards in 1987 (then aged 19), but didn’t do any gigs.

In 1995 "Gaia Communications World Network" is re-launched, releasing the third audio release by Gaia Records, recorded during 1989-1990, a CD LP release titled, "Songs For The Children Of Baphomet: A Musickal Celebration on the Theme of Magick and A Tribute to The Life & Works Of Aleister Crowley, (1875 - 1947)".

In 2004 another release followed: "North West Soul" on The Boutique Label. In 2010 Arthur McDonald self-released a new album titled "The Pope's Daughter" under the RFATP moniker, though this project did not involve Mike Keane.
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Royal Family And The Poor Discography

Albums

Royal Family And The Poor The Project Phase 1 - The Temple Of The 13th Tribe (Album) Factory UK 1984 Sell This Version
001 The Royal Family & The Poor* Live(Cass, Album) Project Tapes 001 UK 1985 Sell This Version
004 Royal Family + The Poor* In The Studio(Cass) Project Tapes 004 UK 1985 Sell This Version
Royal Family & The Poor* The Project - Phase 2 - We Love The Moon (Album) Factory UK 1986 Sell This Version
008 The Royal Family & The Poor* Live(Cass, Album, Ltd, Num) Project Tapes 008 UK & Europe 1986 Sell This Version
006 The Royal Family & The Poor* Live(Cass, Album, Ltd, Num) Project Tapes 006 UK 1986 Sell This Version
007 The Royal Family & The Poor* Live(Cass, Album, Ltd, Num) Project Tapes 007 UK & Europe 1986 Sell This Version
002 Royal Family & The Poor* The Genetic Terrorists(Cass, Album) Project Tapes 002 UK 1986 Sell This Version
LOOSE 13 Royal Family And The Poor Live 1983 - 1985(LP, Album, Ltd) Recloose Organisation LOOSE 13 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Royal Family & The Poor* In The Sea Of E (Album) Gaia Communications UK 1987 Sell This Version
GAIA 004 The Royal Family & The Poor* Songs For The Children Of Baphomet(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Gaia Communications GAIA 004 UK 2001 Sell This Version
none The Royal Family And The Poor* The Project Phase 5 - Portuguese Radio Show - October 1988(CDr, Ltd, Promo) Boutique (2) none UK 2003 Sell This Version
BOUCD 6607 The Royal Family & The Poor* North-West Soul(CD, Album) Boutique (2) BOUCD 6607 UK 2004 Sell This Version
Royal Family & The Poor* The Pope's Daughter (Album) Gothic Moon Records UK 2010 Sell This Version
RF&TP*, Teresa Kelly (2) RF&TP*, Teresa Kelly (2) - Haunted (Album) Gothic Moon Records UK 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FAC 43 Royal Family And The Poor Art - Dream - Dominion(12") Factory FAC 43 UK 1982 Sell This Version
Royal Family And The Poor We Love The Moon (Single) Factory UK 1986 Sell This Version
PHASE 004 Royal Family & The Poor* The Project - Phase 4(12", Single) Gaia Communications PHASE 004 UK 1988 Sell This Version

Compilations

GAIA 005 The Royal Family & The Poor* Anthology 1978 - 2001(CD, Comp, RM) Gaia Communications GAIA 005 UK 2001 Sell This Version

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