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want to discuss the new Primal Scream single,”

the age range in the band isn’t huge, but at the

Colin once quipped.)

time it made quite a difference. So when, say, I’d

In the face of such post graduation difficulties,

finished at school, everybody was still there. You

most high school bands splinter forever, but this

know, I wanted to actually have something else

one would prove to be a remarkable exception.

to do at the same time, so I went on to university

Phil, the first to leave the confines of Abingdon,

and then carried on through.”3

had moved on in 1986 to Liverpool Polytechnic

To some observers, the members of On

College, where he would study English and

A Friday may have seemed to be going their

history (in his spare time, he played drums in

own separate ways, but in reality, they were

the pit bands of several musical productions).

continuing to grow together as a band. By ear-

The following year, Ed enrolled at Manchester

ly 1987, they had begun to circulate their first

University, concentrating on economics, and

demo tape, a limited edition collection of six

Colin was accepted at Cambridge University’s

four track recordings containing among others

Peterhouse College, where he would read English

the now forgotten numbers ‘Lemming Trail’,

literature. But all three left no doubt of their firm

‘Fat Girl’, and ‘Mountains (On The Move)’. A

allegiance to the band, continuing to rehearse

copy of this tape made it into the hands of Dave

and occasionally perform with the others when

Newton, who at the time ran a newspaper called

they returned to Oxford on weekends and hol-

Local Support. Started in the mid’80s, the paper

iday breaks. “The level of commitment, even

was Oxford’s first to be devoted solely to the

when we were 18 and 19, was pretty amazing,” Ed recalls. For his part, Phil puts his decision to attend university down to the need to keep himself oc-

1  Another, more amusing effect of the band’s age range was the sometimes vast appearance differential between its members. As Colin put it in 1997, “We’re still in our same classes and years, really. The thing about having been

cupied while the rest of the band finished their

together for such a long period is that there are some heinously

academic obligations, downplaying the role of

embarrassing group shots from ten years ago when we were

parental pressure or any inner need to pursue a ‘straight’ career path in case music didn’t work out: “There was less design there, really. I mean, 44

in adolescence with varying styles of haircut and demeanour which would now be openly laughed at in the street… You’d literally take a photograph of Morrissey to the barber and say, ‘I want it like that.’”

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