Inspiral Carpets South American tour diary part 2
Inspiral Carpets South American tour diary part 2

The Inspiral Carpets have reformed with their original singer and founder member Stephen Holt.

The return of the original Inspiral Carpets
classic gigs! The return of the original Inspiral Carpets

Stephen was the singer with the band in their pre pop years when they were a psychedelic garage band whose bubble light show illuminated gigs were a real highlight in late eighties Manchester where I reviewed them several times for the sadly defunct Sounds music paper.

The reformed band are to go back to that initial garagey sound and rework some of their big hits in their original style and there is even talk of getting that light show back again and for them to to do the 24 minute version of the Velvet Undergound’s ‘What Goes On’.

When you hear the original Inspiral Carpets you understand better their placing in the Roses/Mondays lineage as part of the big three of baggy. This was a time of a tripped out Manchester Underground which the band were a key part of. Noel Gallagher was a big fan and it was the famous audition that he went to on the night of the Lockerbie disaster to sing in the band after Holt left.

The job eventually went to Tom Hingley who was key in the band’s pop crossover and is now concentrating with his solo career.

The band are planning a tour now and there will be an exclusive interview on Louder Than War in the next couple of weeks.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. […] how Tom feels about the renewed popularity of the band, who have reunited with original singer Stephen Holt, enjoyed UK headline tours as well as supporting Happy Mondays and are set to play festival dates […]


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