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The Sandals (Acid Jazz 1960's)

London-based acid jazz quartet the Sandals only lasted for one album, but their ability to sign with a major label and score a pop hit with their single "Feet" was an early indication that trendy club music could comfortably move from the hipster fringes into the mainstream. Naturally, some despise them for this, but the group's two releases, the full-length Rite to Silence and the EP Cracked, are superb early-'90s dance records.

The roots of the Sandals are in the South London club scene of the mid-'80s. Ian Simmonds, Derek Delves, Will Blanchard, and John Harris were friends who met round the clubs, clothing stores, record stalls, and other focal points of the local nightlife. Delves ran a weekly club night called Violets that grew to include spoken word and performance art as well as painting and photography exhibits. In 1990, the foursome opened a stall called Rich and Strange in London's Trocadero, selling records, books, and clothes to like-minded hipsters. As they ran the shop, the foursome also began rehearing in its storage room, with Delves on lead vocals and percussion, Harris on various reed instruments, Simmonds on bass, and Blanchard on drums. (Interestingly, the group never had a full-time guitar or keyboard player, preferring to deputize friends on a song-by-song basis.)

Eddie Piller, owner of London's Acid Jazz Records, became the Sandals' manager in 1991, organizing both an exhibition of the group's artwork in Los Angeles' Marquart Gallery, and a set of demos with producers Paul Daley and Neil Barnes (also known as Leftfield) that attracted the attention of London Records. Although the group was dubious about the implications of signing with a major label, most of them were married and starting families, and so the lure of a large paycheck proved irresistible. London released Rite to Silence, preceded by the single "Profound Gas," in early 1994. The second single, "Feet," was a hit and the album got generally positive reviews. But the A&R executive who signed the Sandals left the company shortly after the album's release, and the band felt that his replacement neither enjoyed nor understood their music. After an EP, 1995's Cracked, that is now seen by some as one of the essential early documents of trip-hop, the Sandals recorded a new album with Luke Gordon, aka Spacer, who had produced the EP. London rejected the album and the group, already suffering internal dissent, split up in early 1996. Ian Simmonds went on to release several well-received, jazz-oriented solo records under his own name and the pseudonym Juryman, and formed his own ATL label, short for "All That's Left," a rueful comment on the group's fractious demise. Derek Delves worked with United Future Organization, while Will Blanchard drummed for both Dot Allison and Beth Orton. ~ Stewart Mason, Rovi
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This bio is totally wrong. The Sandals were a 60's surf rock band. If there was a British band named Sandals they did not record the song I just heard.
Another Limey band ripping off the name of a '60's California classic. Acid Jazz? Oh Please!
Hell, I live in Boston, MA, and WE called it Surf Music. (I love it!)
Acid Jazz?!? Not surf music? You mean to tell me that for fifty years I've been calling it the wrong thing? All those years I spent in SoCal, at Zuma, Malibu, Point Mugu, Port Hueneme, Santa Monica... all of us were so badly mistaken! We were calling it surf music, and lo and behold, here we are in 2012, and we're just now finding out it was Acid Jazz. All that tar between our toes must've messed up our thinking. Thank goodness Stewart Mason has straightened us out.
jst1674
This info has nothing to do with The Sandals, they were from San Clemente, California and not London as this says!
I can only suppose Pandora doesn't read these comments.
somebody don't know surf music...
I knew something didn't make sense...
grrr... get your bands straight
http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / T h e _ S a n d a l s
You've obviously mixed up your bios-------J a c k Detz
An obscure hipster jazz band? Really? Long live the surf.
This bio sure ain't the Sandals I remember... Who goofed? I've got to know!
kempergj
YEAH, what they said!! As Dan punned someone did mix up their Sandals and as Mark eloquently put it WTF??. And I second Sonia's comment to Pandora to please fix this.
Pandora please fix this and put the Sandals that match the bio on here. Also please stop playing the Scorpions on my Johnny Marr station.
I was wondering wth ???
Um . . . this is not THE Sandals!
jdauss
I agree w/ Dan, who the hell is this other Sandals? Only one....Endle s s Summer composers. C'mon Pandora, you had it right before.
Someone's mixed up their Sandals! The description above is for some crappy jazz band, not the geniuses behind the Endless Summer soundtrack.

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