Sad Lovers And Giants

Sad Lovers And Giants

Sad Lovers & Giants are a rock band from Watford, England who formed in 1980.
Their sound blends post-punk, atmospheric keyboards and psychedelia which has been described as ‘pastoral Pink Floyd’ and to many they are the best kept secret of the 1980’s.
Following their debut EP ‘Cle’ and the ‘Colourless Dream’ single, both issued in 1981, they released two studio albums, Epic Garden Music (1982) and Feeding the Flame (1983) before splitting in 1983.
During this initial period they recorded a John Peel Session for the BBC and a live concert for the Dutch Radio Hilversum station in 1983 which was subsequently released as the album Total Sound in 1986.
After the split they returned in 1987 with a new line up and released ‘The Mirror Test’ album that year.
As interest abroad grew the band performed extensively in the Netherlands, Spain and France and headlined regularly at the old Marquee Club in London’s Soho.
In 1990 they released their fourth studio album, ‘Headland’ followed swiftly by the often overlooked album, Treehouse Poetry in 1991, before splitting once again.
1996 saw the release of a best-of compilation called ‘E Mail from Eternity’ then things went quiet until the release of their last album ‘Melting in The Fullness of Time’ in 2002 with two gigs in Italy a year later.
The current era began in 2010 with gigs in Italy and Greece and has continued with a handful of performances every year extending into Berlin and Spain.
For the US Tour they will play warm up gigs in Lisbon and Porto with a rare London appearance on 5th March headlining at The Garage in Highbury & Islington.
Their atmospheric and beautifully crafted set comprises songs from their extensive back catalogue but also from recording sessions for the new album.

The band operates as a collective.

8 date American tour announced for March 2016
Plus 2 dates in Portugal February 2016 and The Garage in Tottenham, London on 5th March 2016
Line up:
Tony McGuinness
Ian Gibson
Nigel Pollard
Will Hicks

The following other members have also played:
Tristan Garel-Funk
David Wood
Cliff Silver

Sad Lovers And Giants Discography


Sad Lovers And Giants Epic Garden Music (Album) Midnight Music UK 1982 Sell This Version
Sad Lovers & Giants* Feeding The Flame (Album) Midnight Music UK 1983 Sell This Version
Sad Lovers & Giants* Total Sound (Album) Midnight Music UK 1986 Sell This Version
Sad Lovers And Giants The Mirror Test (Album) Midnight Music UK 1987 Sell This Version
Sad Lovers And Giants Headland (Album) Midnight Music UK 1990 Sell This Version
Sad Lovers And Giants Treehouse Poetry (Album) Midnight Music UK 1991 Sell This Version
VKR001CD Sad Lovers & Giants* La Dolce Vita (Live In Lausanne)(CD, Album) Voight-Kampff Records VKR001CD UK 1999 Sell This Version
VKR003CD Sad Lovers & Giants* Melting In The Fullness Of Time(CD, Album) Voight-Kampff Records VKR003CD UK 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

LM 003, LM003 Sad Lovers & Giants* Clé(7", EP, Single) Last Movement, Last Movement LM 003, LM003 UK 1981 Sell This Version
LM005 Sad Lovers & Giants* Colourless Dream(7", Single) Last Movement LM005 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Ding 1 Sad Lovers & Giants* Lost In A Moment(7", Single) Midnight Music Ding 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
Sad Lovers And Giants Man Of Straw (Single) Midnight Music UK 1983 Sell This Version
DONG 34 Sad Lovers & Giants* White Russians(12", Single) Midnight Music DONG 34 UK 1987 Sell This Version
DONG 31 Sad Lovers & Giants* Seven Kinds Of Sin(12", Single) Midnight Music DONG 31 UK 1987 Sell This Version
The Essence (4) / Sad Lovers & Giants* The Essence (4) / Sad Lovers & Giants* - Sleep / A Reflected Dream (Single) Midnight Music UK 1988 Sell This Version
Sad Lovers & Giants* Cow Boys (Single, Maxi) Midnight Music UK 1988 Sell This Version
DONG 59 Sad Lovers And Giants Clocks Go Backwards(12", EP) Midnight Music DONG 59 UK 1990 Sell This Version
VKR004 Sad Lovers And Giants Himalaya / Happiness Is Fragile(7", Single, Ltd) Voight-Kampff Records VKR004 UK 2010 Sell This Version
VKR005 Sad Lovers & Giants* Copacetic (The Part Time Punks Session)(12", EP) Voight-Kampff Records VKR005 UK 2016 Sell This Version


CHIME 00.07 M Sad Lovers & Giants* In The Breeze(LP, Comp) Midnight Music CHIME 00.07 M UK 1984 Sell This Version
Sad Lovers & Giants* Les Années Vertes (Comp) Midnight Music UK & France 1988 Sell This Version
Sad Lovers And Giants E-Mail From Eternity - The Best Of Sad Lovers And Giants (Comp) Anagram Records Spain 1996 Sell This Version
VKR002CD Sad Lovers & Giants* Headland & Treehouse Poetry(CD, Comp) Voight-Kampff Records VKR002CD UK 2001 Sell This Version
DE-115 Sad Lovers & Giants* Lost In A Sea Full Of Sighs(LP, Comp, RM) Dark Entries DE-115 US 2016 Sell This Version
CRCDMBOX29 Sad Lovers & Giants* Where The Light Shines Through 1981-2017(5xCD, Comp, Box) Cherry Red Records (2) CRCDMBOX29 UK 2017 Sell This Version


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April 16, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
This new wave pop band is cult.
Why ?
The musicians use the whole sound arsenal of the epoque (choruses, echoes, reverbs, synths) and are not particularly inovant.
What makes the difference ?
The sound : pretty unique, crystal clear, refreshing as pure water, maybe a bit underproduced.
The ability to compose epic melodies that catch your ears immediately.
The work on the arrangements and harmonics mixes between saxophone, guitars and keyboards.
The constant impression of optimism and enthousiasm of the music, when [Invalid Artist] and Simple Minds are heavy, Sad lovers keeps lightness creating little happy moods.

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