In 1983, the Lotus Eaters released their first single, "The First Picture of You," which reached number 15 in the UK charts. "The First Picture of You" would define the group's sound: Coyle's breathy croon expressing romantic yearning while Kelly plays jangly riffs on his guitar.
The Lotus Eaters' 1984 debut album, No Sense of Sin, was awash in '60s influences, namely the melancholic pop of the Zombies and the Left Banke. The LP was largely left on record-store shelves in the U.K., but a significant cult following in the Philippines and Japan eventually transformed the album into a collector's item, fetching high prices on the Internet. Three more single releases followed, ‘You Don’t Need Someone New’ (No. 53), ‘Set Me Apart’ (No 88), and ‘Out on Your Own before their last single ‘It Hurts’ (No. 87) was released in 1985. Following the bands split Coyle recorded a few solo albums, while Kelly rejoined the Wild Swans. In 1998, The First Picture of You, a compilation of the Lotus Eaters' BBC radio sessions, was released, and the No Sense of Sin album was reissued on CD with bonus tracks.
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