FP100 Fife bands 76. Laughing Academy

Laughing Academy sleeve
Laughing Academy sleeve

Fife ‘alternative’ band Laughing Academy featured among their ranks in its lifetime Paul Blyth, Doug McMillan. Ken Morton (aka K A Morton) and John Ayr.

The released a DIY eight -track cassette in 1982 with most songs written by Paul Blyth, who would later go on to lead Fellow Fife outfit The Strutz (see no 81).

They also produced two singles – ‘We Are So Fine’ on Mill Records ( it was funded by the Dutch Mill venue), then ‘Start’ on Braw Records.

In 1985, Laughing Academy released their 11-track album ‘Suspicion’, also on Braw, while a further single ‘Some Things Take Longer’ in 1986.

The group toured across Fife and further afield, playing alongside such luminaries of the day as The Cure and Big Country.

Ken Morton later joined K Ding Ding Ding, a new wave outfit that existed between 1983 and 1986, and still performs today as K A Morton and the Wellwishers, who have appeared at the much-respected Wickerman Festival.

He drives a mobile library to the rural communities of Scotland by day.