Searle had joined the Addison twins in the final incarnation of Boys Wonder, before the band gradually evolved into Corduroy ininitially forming for a one-off New Year's Eve party. The self-dubbed "fabric four" primarily recorded in a film soundtrack style, and many of their tracks were instrumentals. On the release of their first album Dad Man CatPaul Moody wrote in the New Musical Express Something In My Eye - Corduroy - London "Whereas the rest of the Acid Jazz roster fidget around in a world of skinny ribbed roll-necks comparing sideburn growth, Corduroy manage to swagger through the same po-faced domain with a couldn't-care-less braggadocio Corduroy have got their collective tongue stuck firmly in someone else's cheek here and it feels staggeringly good.
Releasing three albums on Eddie Piller 's Acid Jazz Recordsthey received radio airplay for their single "Something in My Eye" inbut national chart success evaded them, although several singles from their album High Havoc charted in the UK Independent Chart.
They remained a popular live attraction, particularly on the college circuit. They also gained a healthy following in Japan, making the first of several trips to the country inand the following year they recorded a live album, Quattro - Live Something In My Eye - Corduroy - London Japan.
April and the Rob Playford produced Clik! August But when they discovered that their record label, Big Cat, had been dropped by parent company V2Corduroy decided to split up. Corduroy reformed and played two sell-out nights at the Jazz Cafe in CamdenLondon, on 16 and 17 June Searle is not involved with the new incarnation of the band, now working under the name of Corduroy Industries.
The latest news on their Myspace site states that they have completed an album of Motown covers. In Corduroy announced their first album in 18 years entitled Return of the Fabric Four which was praised by Record Collector's Lois Wilson as being "groovy" and "thrilling".
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