|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
This much maligned indie rock band from York, England was formed in 1990 by Rick Witter (11 November 1972, Stockport, England; vocals), Tom Gladwin (b. Thomas Gladwin; bass), Joe Johnson (guitar), and Alan Leach (drums). Paul Banks (b. 6 July 1973, York, England; guitar) replaced Johnson in 1993. Together they brought a flash of domesticity and anti-glamour to the independent scene of the mid-90s - their interests including slot machines, bad television (chief songwriter Banks allegedly wrote songs while watching Prisoner Cell Block H) and cheap alcohol. There was a refreshingly parochial atmosphere to their profile - best symbolized by the fact that Leach was the boyfriend of Witters sister - despite the fact that their primary influences included Happy Mondays and Stone Roses. The only hint of celebrity, aside from Witter once coming second in a karaoke competition in Cyprus, involved their vocalists dalliance with Donna Matthews from Elastica....