The Darling Buds are an alternative rock band from Newport, South Wales. The band formed in 1986 and were named after the H. E. Bates novel The Darling Buds of May – a title taken in turn, from the third line of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May".

The band's success was underpinned by a mysterious but fondly remembered (in some parts) bunch of confetti-throwing pseudo-intellectuals known as The Skullfuck Crew,, who themselves attracted their own cult following. To this date they still occasionally gather to debate such intriguing issues such as whether Gilbert's Mancunian accent is for real and if Harley can ever see fit to put guitar heroism above his current love of all things connected to nutrition.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1988 Pop Said... 3
1990 Crawdaddy 4 2
1990 Shame on You 1
1992 Erotica 4 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1987 If I Said 1
1988 It's All Up to You 1
1988 Burst 1
1988 Burst 1
1988 Shame on You 2
1989 Hit the Ground 1
1989 Let's Go Round There 1
1990 Crystal Clear 1
1992 Please Yourself 1
1992 Sure Thing 1
Long Day in the Universe 1
Tiny Machine 1
You've Got to Choose 2


Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Erotica Plays EP 1

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