Named after the sleepy port on the south-west coast of England where Geoff Barrow (9 December 1971, Walton in Gordano, Somerset, England) spent his teens. His intentions in forming the band were simple: I just wanted to make interesting music, proper songs with a proper life span and a decent place in peoples record collections. Barrow started out as a tape operator, working in a minor capacity with Massive Attack and Neneh Cherry, and also wrote songs for Cherry (Somedays was included on her 1992 collection, Homebrew). With the aid of an Enterprise Allowance grant he recruited jazz guitarist and musical director Adrian Utley, drummer/programmer Dave MacDonald and vocalist Beth Gibbons (b. 4 January 1965, Exeter, Devon, England), whom he encountered on a job creation scheme while she was singing Janis Joplin cover versions in a pub. Together they recorded a soundtrack and film, To Kill A Dead Man, with themselves as actors because...
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