Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Based in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, Belly was the brainchild of the mercurial Tanya Donelly (14 July 1966, Newport, Rhode Island, USA; vocals/guitar). Donelly, along with half-sister Kristin Hersh, was a founding member of Throwing Muses. She was able to write the occasional song within that band, but inevitably felt constrained; when Hersh took time out to start a family, Donelly left amicably after recording The Real Ramona. She had already worked with the Breeders, a female punk pop supergroup featuring Kim Deal (Pixies) and Josephine Wiggs (Perfect Disaster). However, this too was primarily someone else’s band and Donelly finally moved on to Belly. They originally formed in December 1991 with brothers Thomas (b. 20 May 1966, USA; lead guitar) and Chris Gorman (b. Christopher Toll Gorman, 29 August 1967, USA; drums) and bass player Fred Abong (ex-Throwing Muses). He was replaced by Leslie Langston (ex-Throwing Muses), who in turn was replaced by Gail...

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