The band Colourfield was started in 1984 by Terry Hall in Manchester, England. Hall, formerly with Specials and Fun Boy Three, teamed up with Toby Lyons and Karl Shale from Swinging Cats. The same year, the trio released its first single, “The Colour Field.” Three more singles followed, “Take,” “Thinking of You,” and “Castles in the Air.” Of the three, “Thinking of You” did the best, charting at number 12 on the UK chart.
Colourfield released their first album, Virgins & Philistines in 1985. Wikipedia reports that it didn’t do very well because it mixed diverse pop sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, not exactly the flavor of the month in the corporate music world. Apparently, the unique sound would prove to be ahead of its time, because popular group Lightning Seeds would build on the same creative style a decade later.
Gary Dwyer (drummer, formerly of Teardrop Explodes) joined the line-up in 1986, and an EP, Colour Field, shortly followed. The EP consisted of six singles. One of them “Things Could Be Beautiful,” charted at number 83 in the UK.
The final Colourfield album, Deception, was released in 1987. Plagued by personnel changes, a fairly common occurrence in bands of this era. Colourfield had to rely on session musicians to pull this collection together. Hall has since shared he never liked the way the LP ended up because he felt he had no control over the ever-changing musicians and producers. Needless to say, this was Colourfield’s swan song.
Terry Hall went on to some successful collaborations, including the aforementioned Lightning Seeds, throughout the 90’s and beyond. I haven’t been able to find a website dealing solely with Colourfield, but Colourfield and Terry Hall music is still available here.
“Thinking Of You” via YouTube user spaceyx101:
“Castles In The Air” via YouTube user bloom471:
“Frosty Mornings” via YouTube user 2tonefootage:
The Colour Field (1986)