Rachel Morris (Hopper) RIPWe are sorry to hear of the death of Rachel Morris who fronted the mid nineties indie band Hopper. The group who were initially signed to Damaged Goods records for Their debut 1994 single ‘Hunter’ and their second, “Baby Oil Applicator” were warmly received by the music press and Steve Lamacq on the radio before they were signed to the newly set up Factory Too by the late Tony Wilson who evangelised over them had a brief flurry of great angular indie rock that never quite connected outside of the small coterie of people who get it. the band stopped in 1998. Despite that their tunes still sound fresh and vital to this day and Rachel’s later post band work was also interesting.

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  1. Very sad to read this. Hopper were a really enjoyable listen, English and French is a forgotten classic and Rachel’s signing style was just great. She recorded some really good solo tracks in recent years “Red Star Romantic” and “Save Us” being just two, accessible on spotify and other platforms.
    Sadly missed.

  2. Hopper only made one album English And French and ever since I bought it back in my local Sound Machine store in ’97 for £2 it quickly became my favourite album of all time. Rachel had a beautiful and unique expressive voice and was an intelligent lyricist. Her band also top class musicians. Her new songs were a continuation of those ideas and showed great potential. Then I read about her passing and am beside myself. I’ll probably cry over a beer or two when it all sinks in. RIP sweet sister. May you take your place in heaven.

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