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IQ (band)

The Wake by IQ,
cover art by Peter Nicholls.
The central figure is based on
Rae Dawn Chong[?] in Quest for Fire.

IQ is a British progressive rock band founded by Mike Holmes in 1982 following the dissolution of his original band The Lens (1976 - 1981). Although the band has never enjoyed major commercial success, IQ has built up a loyal cult following over the years and is still active as of 2003.

The band's lineup has remained fairly stable over the years. Vocalist Peter Nicholls left for a while to form a new band, Niadem's Ghost, but subsequently returned. Nicholls also created the cover art for most of the albums on which he appears.


  • Paul Cook - Drums
  • Tim Esau - Bass Guitar (early albums)
  • Mike Holmes - Guitars, Keyboards
  • John Jowitt - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals (later albums)
  • Paul Menel alias P. L. Menel - Vocals on Nomzamo and Are You Sitting Comfortably
  • Peter Nicholls - Vocals on all albums except Nomzamo and Are You Sitting Comfortably
  • Martin Orford - Keyboards, Backing Vocals


  • Seven Stories into Eight (cassette) (1982)
  • Tales from the Lush Attic (1983)
  • The Wake (1985)
  • Living Proof (live) (1986)
  • Nine in a Pond is Here (1987) ("official bootleg" of demos etc, CD version is abridged)
  • Nomzamo (1987)
  • Are you Sitting Comfortably? (1989) (title derived from BBC radio programme "Listen with Mother")
  • J'ai Pollette D'arnu (1990) (b-sides and live tracks)
  • Ever (1993)
  • ForEver Live (1993)
  • Subterranea (1997)
  • Seven Stories into Ninety Eight (1998) (original 1982 album plus new re-recorded version)
  • The Lost Attic (1999) (rarities)
  • Subterranea : The Concert (2000)
  • The Seventh House (2000)

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