The 1980's


Six Pieces marks the end of what Robert John Godfrey has called "the first phase in the life of The Enid". It almost marked the end of The Enid as everyone knew it. Francis Lickerish (the main man) and keyboard player Willie Gilmour left the band. Drummer Chris North and bassist Martin Russell exited some time afterwards. Godfrey and Stewart settled down in a Suffolk farmhouse to become proprietors of The Lodge Recording Studio, working largely in the indie pop field.

But The Enid proved to have a life of its own. Back in 1979 Pye had recorded The Enid playing live at the Hammersmith Odeon, intending to release the recording, along with a compilation of tracks from previous albums, as "Rhapsody in Rock". It was never released, but Tommy Vance had acquired the live material and in 1982 he played Fand, a twenty-minute piece originally recorded on Aerie Faerie Nonsense, on Radio One's Friday Rock Show. Vance was a fan. He said, on air, "Robert John Godfrey is to my mind one of the greatest composers this country has ever had..."


Suddenly Godfrey and Stewart were inundated with requests for more. The following was still out there and growing. Godfrey and Stewart closed their studio and recorded what was to be their most successful album to date, Something Wicked This Way Comes. A 156-date British tour in 1983 confirmed it - The Enid, now essentially a duo, were back.

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1980's Albums

Six Pieces

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Live at Hammersmith

The Spell


Final Noise