Fields Laughing was formed in 1984 in Berkeley, California, by several college students attending U.C. Berkeley, including Steven Weisburd, Jay Blumenfield, and Nancy Hess. After a brief period with singer Dave Leavitt from Athens, Georgia -- in which the band had a gentler Americana/R.E.M. feel -- Fields Laughing reformulated with guitarist/singer Joel Brandwein and reemerged with a rougher and harder sound. In this formulation, Fields Laughing became a very active bay-area alternative rock band in 1985 and 1986, getting substantial college radio airplay in the bay area (KUSF and KALX) and elsewhere. While headlining local clubs on their own, Fields Laughing also played many opening slots for a number of the leading bands of the era (e.g., 10,000 Maniacs) as well as other local successful acts (e.g., Chris Isaac).
A1. Almost Never
B. New Falling