|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
An effervescent indie pop group formed in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, the Dandys first came to prominence in 1996 with an appearance at that years Sound City festival. The five-piece group, who comprise Andrew Firth (vocals, guitar), Bryan Munslow (drums), Tony Beasley (bass), Ben Davies (guitar) and Mike Brooke (keyboards), were accordingly the subject of significant media and industry interest. Their debut single, 1997s I Wanna Be Like You, became the first record to be released on Artificial Records, a new label set up by Simon Lawler, manager of Shed Seven, in conjunction with Mercury Records. The eagerly awaited debut album, Symphonic Screams, struggled to capture the bands live energy.