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The Weather Prophets were a British indie band formed in London in 1986 after the break-up of The Loft. After two studio albums, the band split up, with singer Peter Astor going on to a solo career.

The Weather Prophets
OriginLondon, England
GenresIndie pop
Years active1986–1988
LabelsCreation, Elevation
Associated actsThe Loft
Past membersPeter Astor
Oisin Little
Greenwood Goulding
Dave Morgan


Following the breakup of The Loft, Peter Astor (vocals, guitar) and Dave Morgan (drums) formed The Weather Prophets (named after a line in the opening paragraph of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer) in 1986.[1] An early incarnation saw Creation Records head-honcho Alan McGee playing bass, but he soon reverted to manager as new members David Greenwood Goulding (bass) and Oisin Little (guitar) were recruited to complete the line up.
The debut single, "Almost Prayed" (Creation, 1986), seemed to carry on where The Loft had left off; consequently both interest and critical approval were high for the record, and a second single was issued on Creation that same year.

After a German mini-album, for the release of their debut album proper, McGee had successfully managed to sign the band to Elevation Records - the WEA subsidiary with which he was associated. Expectations were high when the Lenny Kaye-produced Mayflower appeared in 1987, but the album was greeted with a mixed response[citation needed] by the critics and the band were eventually dropped from the label.

All was not lost, however, as they eventually returned to Creation for a further album, Judges, Juries and Horsemen in 1988. By this time, Oisin Little had departed, and interest in the band had waned. A final single, "Always the Light", was issued before the band decided to split up.

After the splitEdit

Following the split, Peter Astor embarked upon a solo career, and later recorded as Wisdom of Harry and Ellis Island Sound, while the two remaining members joined The Rockingbirds.

An odds 'n' ends compilation, Temperance Hotel, was released by Creation in 1989, with '87 Live appearing in 1991. Blue Skies & Freerides – The Best of 1986-1989 was issued by Cherry Red in 2004.


Studio albumsEdit

  • Diesel River (Creation/Rough Trade, 1986 - German Import)
  • Mayflower (Elevation, 1987) (UK #67)[2]
  • Judges, Juries and Horsemen (Creation, 1988)

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Temperance Hotel (Creation, 1989)
  • Blue Skies & Freerides – The Best of 1986-1989 (Cherry Red, 2004)

Live albumsEdit

  • '87 Live (Creation, 1991)


  • "Almost Prayed" (Creation, 1986)
  • "Naked As the Day You Were Born" (Creation, 1986)
  • "She Comes from the Rain" (Elevation, 1987) (UK #62)[2]
  • "Why Does the Rain" (Elevation, 1987)
  • "Hollow Heart" (Creation, 1988)
  • "Always the Light" (Creation, 1988)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003) "Weather Prophets", in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0
  2. ^ a b The Weather Prophets, Chart Stats

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