Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


This hugely promoted UK band broke through in 1993 by merging the lyrical perspective of Morrissey with the posturings of David Bowie and the glam set. Brett Anderson (29 September 1967, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England; vocals) quickly established a rare gift for brilliantly evocative mood swings and monochrome dioramas. Just as much was made of Bernard Butler (b. 1 May 1970, Stamford Hill, London, England; guitar) and his similarity to indie guitar hero Johnny Marr (Smiths, Electronic). The rhythm section of the band comprises Mat Osman (b. Mathew David Osman, 9 October 1967, Welwyn Garden City, England; bass) and Simon Gilbert (b. 23 May 1965, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England; drums), a position for which Mike Joyce (ex-Smiths) originally tried out. Anderson and Osman had originally met at Haywards Heath Sixth Form College, playing together in various bands including Geoff, Bruiser and Suave And Elegant. The pair both decamped to London in the late...

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