Joe Maher from Flowered Up RIP
We are sorry to report the death of Joe Maher from Flowered Up. Joe was the younger brother of the late Liam Maher, who was the bands vocalist and was the band's more than adept guitar player. His playing was key to the Flowered Up sound as the band created a wonky, acid house drenched version of Ian Dury and the Blockheads in the middle of the acid house period.
They were a lot more than the press tag of London's answer to the Happy Mondays with a complex and clever music that somehow managed to capture the mayhem of the E soaked inner city estates of that wild and crazy acid house period as well as having a real depth and inteligence a long way from the media perception of them.
Flowered Up left behind some great records that really capture the last time the UK truly partied. Is saw Flowered Up's first overground gig in Camden in a youth centre and it was mayhem as the, then, youthful band played their tripped out mash of rock, funk and acid house, I was also at the legendary gig in the mansion when they had a 48 hour squat party after someone had 'borrowed' the keys to the house- the pay was insane and perhaps the high point to the madness of the time.
Their final single, Weekender, is still really evocative of the period and combined with the video is the true documentary of the period, capturing the euphoric highs and the come downs of the time. This is a song that still deserves to be a massive hit.