Pele were formed in Merseyside in 1990, they the sort of folky indie band that had a violin player. Reminds me a little of Dexy’s Midnight Runners without the brass.
Unfortunately indie folk music would not ignite the imagination of the music press or the masses. They had a huge following in the North West of England, which was almost fanatical in Liverpool.
They signed to M & G records and put out their debut album in a matter of weeks. Raid the Palace was the first single off the album. BBC Radio 1 put this on their playlist for six weeks this did not help Pele enter the charts.
I saw Pele at the Joiners Arms in February 1992. I seem to remember it was a sweaty gig but most enjoyable. Last year I saw Ian Prowse at Totnes, singing a selection of Pele and Amsterdam songs.
Raid The Palace
Still in the Air