The Farm were a Liverpool band initially formed in 1983 and included Peter Hooton, Steve Grimes, John Melvin and Andy McVann.
They were popular through the early 1990’s with singles such as ‘Groovy Train’ and their most famous song ‘All Together Now’ which were both top ten hits in the UK singles charts reaching No 6 and No 4 respectively.
The group originally evolved from an earlier band ‘The Excitements’ in which Steve Grimes played guitar. The lead vocalist Martin Dunbar left and was replaced by Peter Hooton on vocals.
Eventually they became ‘The Farm’ and released a single ‘Hearts And Minds’ in 1984 which was produced by Graham McPherson from the band ‘Madness’ alias ‘Suggs’.
Andy McVann was later killed in 1986 and soon after John Melvin left the band. Peter Hooton brought in new members and together they released four singles which failed to gain attention.
However in 1989 they crossed paths with Graham ‘Suggs’ McPherson who was starring in a film ‘The Final Frame’ and were offered a cameo role.
As a result of this they were then signed up and hired ‘Suggs’ as their producer. With their new manager ‘Kevin Sampson’ in place, the band released their single ‘Stepping Stone’ which was a dance re-make of The Monkees song ‘(I’m Not Your) Steppin Stone’ which only reached 58 in the UK charts.
The new line-up consisted of Peter Hooton (vocals), Steve Grimes (Rhythm guitar, keyboards), Keith Mullin (Lead guitar), Carl Hunter (Bass), Roy Boulter (Drums), Ben Leach (keyboards & programming) and Paula David (Backing vocals).
After the release of their two successful hits in 1990 the bands album ‘Spartacus’ reached No 1 in the UK but this was a short lived success.
Their first single for Sony Records ‘Love See No Colour’ in 1992 did not fare well so the band teamed up with Mark Saunders who had previously produced such bands as ‘Erasure’ and ‘The Cure’.
This collaboration resulted in a cover of The Human Leagues ‘Don’t You Want Me’ in the same year and reached the top twenty.
The band released their last album ‘Hullabaloo’ in 1994 (Sire Label) followed by ‘All Together Now’ which was to accompany football club Everton to the 1995 FA Cup Final, despite the bands avid support of Liverpool FC.
‘Altogether Now’ was released again as a remix by DJ Spoony and was used as the official anthem for the England football team at Euro 2004.
The band were also responsible for producing a commemorative single ‘The Fields of Anfield Road’ dedicated to the Hillsborough disaster and from which all proceeds went to the families of the victims.