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Ship of Fools (band)

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Ship of Fools
OriginDewsbury, England
GenresNeo-progressive rock, space rock
Years active1992-1996
LabelsDreamtime Peaceville
Associated acts1919, Cradle of Filth, Psykik Volts, Anathema

Ship Of Fools were a neo-prog/space rock band from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. The band consisted of Sputnik (bass), Damien Clarke (keyboards), Les Smith (keyboards) and Mick Reed (drums). Andy Banks (guitars, mandolin, gliss) joined the band soon after, along with Graham Wilkes (flutes, harmonica).

Friendly with the heads of the Dreamtime label, an offshoot of heavy metal distributors Peaceville Records, the band eventually signed with them and became the premiere psychedelic eccentrics on the label, releasing their first album, Close Your Eyes (Forget the World) in 1993. Following this release Wilkes apparently left the band (although he would appear as a guest musician on their next release), and was replaced by Oko (guitar). With this slightly revamped line-up in place a new album was recorded, released as "Out There Somewhere" in 1994.[1]

The band broke up in 1996. Smith (who had gone on to join the decidedly un-psychedelic black metal phenomenon Cradle of Filth) compiled their music and in 2002 released Let's Get This Mother Outta Here, a farewell compilation.[2]


  1. "Ship of Fools". prog archives. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  2. "Ship of Fools". Discogs. Retrieved 6 April 2016.

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