original nucleus of the future Eat Static was a band called Wooden Baby,
formed in 1987 by Merv Pepler, then drummer with Ozric Tentacles along
with friend Charlie Daniel. Members came and went, with Joie Hinton, Ozric's
keyboard player, joining in 1988. Steve Everitt joined in 1989 and Wooden
Baby mutated into Eat Static with the line up settled as a three-piece
of Pepler, Hinton and Everitt. One of the principle aims of the band was
to play live, something that very few electronic artists at the time were
willing or even able to do and over the following 3 years the band developed
a spectacular, truly live midi-based show that played at many raves and
club nights around the UK.
The huge success of Abduction encouraged a follow-up
release of more new material on the Lost in Time EP also released in 1993.
A copy of this EP found it's way to one of the UK's top DJ's at the time,
Sasha who was so taken by the track Gulf Breeze that he offered to record
2 remixes just for the fun of it, as long as Planet Dog released them!
(as the limited edition Sasha Remixes EP) The year rounded off nicely
with the band being voted Best Dance Act in the NME annual reader's poll.
Eat Static had evolved into a 2-piece, (Steve Everitt having slowly and
amicably departed to pursue a career writing library music) renowned for
it's awesome live shows and diverse musical styles. This diversity was
well represented on their 3rd album Science of the Gods, whose release,
in conjunction with the Interceptor (and later, Contact) EP's, came very
close to propelling the band into the UK top 40 singles chart! Top of
the Pops even phoned up to sound out the band for an appearance on the
next week's show! Sadly, Eat Static ended up at no.41, denying the band
a new career appearing on kid's TV shows, pop spectaculars and in the
tabloid press, but with their reputations and credibility intact!