Category: past


I was the singer and songwriter in The Loft and The Weather Prophets; we were on Creation Records from the beginning and I think we helped establish the feel and sound of the label. More detail is on my Wikipedia page below; have a look at David Cavanagh’s My Magpie Eyes are Hungry for the Prize for the full story. Danny Boyle is also making a film of the label where you can find the truth on celluloid.

After this I made a series of solo records, including Submarine (1990, Creation) and Paradise (1992, Danceteria), the latter having recently been reissued on Tapete Records. I then formed The Wisdom of Harry and Ellis Island Sound (with David Sheppard) and signed to the Matador and Heavenly labels respectively, releasing albums under these guises until the early 2000s.

In 2005 I released Hal’s Eggs on Static Caravan and have continued to release solo records on a variety of labels: Songbox (2011, Second Language), Spilt Milk (2015, Fortuna Pop), One For the Ghost (2017, Tapete) and You Made Me (2020, Faux-Lux).

I am also a university lecturer, having run the Songwriting course at Goldsmiths. I am now Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, teaching on Under and Post Graduate courses. I have written journal articles for The Cambridge Journal of Popular Music, among others, and a book in Bloomsbury’s 33/3rd series on Blank Generation by Richard Hell and the Voidoids.

I continue to sing, write, teach and make records.

Pete Astor and The Holy Road - Paradise
you can buy a copy of Paradise here