Comprising Royston Langdon (lead vocals/bass), Antony Langdon (guitar/vocals), Richard Steel (lead guitar) and Jonny Cragg (drums), the origins of Spacehog can be traced back to early 1994 when Antony Langdon met Cragg at a seedy espresso bar where he was employed killing rodents. After recruiting brother Royston and guitarist Steel, the group began to cultivate their reputation in the fertile East Village music scene of New York, USA. Despite their origins in New York, in actuality the members of the band are all drawn from Leeds, Yorkshire, England. They supported Tripping Daisy through their 1995 autumn dates before signing to WEA Records. Their original name Grass was changed to Spacehog when Supergrass made their breakthrough in the UK. They subsequently entered the studio and made their major label bow with the single In The Meantime. It was followed by a 13-track debut album, Resident Alien, released in April 1996, which highlighted the groups affection for the 70s sounds of T. Rex, Mott The Hoople and David Bowie, replete with space travel references such as Starside and Space Is The Place. A one-off showcase performance at Londons Paramount City club was their first UK appearance The album topped the US Billboard Heatseekers chart as further live appearances saw the band sell out venues such as New Yorks Irving Plaza before setting out as support to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the spring of 1996.
The Chinese Album, released in 1998, featured a guest appearance from R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe, confirming the bands celebrity level status in the USA. A new recording contract with Artemis Records preceded the release of their third album, The Hogyssey.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.