Cornershop

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

This half-Asian, half-white indie band rose to prominence in the UK in 1993 by attacking some dubious statements made at that time by former idol Morrissey. The band, Ben Ayres (30 April 1968, St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; guitar/vocals), Tjinder Singh (b. 8 February 1968, New Cross, Wolverhampton, England; guitar), Avtar Singh (b. 11 May 1965, Punjab, India; bass/vocals) and David Chambers (b. 1969, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England; drums, ex-Dandelion Adventure), based themselves in Leicester, London and Preston. Signing to Wiija Records they were invited to comment on Morrissey after his Finsbury Park glorification of skinhead culture and ‘British’ values. In the process, they became willing spokesmen for what seemed a significant debate, although it was just as well that their own musical abilities were not under the microscope. They had evolved out of the ashes of General Havoc in 1991, whose whole ethos was enshrined in the motto:...

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