Remembering Flowered Up

Flowered Up

Today I was sad to read that another member of Flowered Up has died. Jonn Robb reports that Joe Maher the bands guitarist has passed away, his brother and lead vocalist Liam died in 2009.

Flowered Up emerged in 1990 and were initially tagged as London’s answer to the Happy Mondays. The band signed a major record deal soon after but sadly their debut album didn’t live up to the expectations of the press or their record label. As is usually the case they were soon dropped by London Records and went back to Heavenly who launched them. Within months the band had their biggest hit with ‘Weekender’ only to split afterwards.

When interviewed in 2005 Liam Maher admitted that the band made a huge mistake signing such a large record deal.

I saw Flowered Up many times, the gigs that stick in my mind are the ones near the end after the release of ‘Weekender’. The last time I saw them was at the Mean Fiddler during Christmas 1992, this was to be the last time they played live until they reformed in 2005. During the reformation they also performed songs by ‘Greedy Soul’ who were Liam Maher’s band from early 2000’s. Unfortunately a planned tour was cancelled and we will never see them again.

4 thoughts on “Remembering Flowered Up

  1. I had the pleasure of seeing them at the Waterfront in Norwich in the early 90’s. I think I saw them twice?

    Always an underrated group!

    Whatever you do – just make sure what
    ya doing makes you happy!

  2. My cousin, who I remember as a quiet boy, we lost touch when I joined the forces. Was at his funeral and rembered how me and his brothers messed about as kids. Gutted, but joe and Liam as kids were …..lovely. With everything, they never stood a chance.

  3. Terrible news, just found out and am so sad to hear this. Loved Flowered up, Weekender is the work of genius. Rip joe.

  4. I was married to Joe for 10 years and can honestly say that he was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure to spend that time of my life with. Liam’s death plus the culmination of a few other life changing events all brought it to an end … too soon. RIP Mags

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