Arnold (band)

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Arnold
Origin London, England
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1996-early 2000s
Labels Creation, Poptones
Associated acts Little Massive
Past members Phil Morris
Mark Saxby
Phil Payne

Arnold were a three piece alternative rock band from London, England, formed in 1996, who released two albums on Creation Records.

History[edit]

The band comprised Phil Morris (lead vocals, drums), Mark Saxby (guitar, vocals) and Phil Payne (bass, vocals) and played guitar-based music influenced by the likes of Big Star, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Who.[1][2] Originally members of the band Patio, they became Arnold after the former band's singer died, the new band named after Payne's dog.[1][3][4]

They signed for Alan McGee's Creation Records in 1997, at a time when the label was riding high on the Britpop-fuelled success of Oasis, and stayed until the label's demise in 1999, releasing two albums, the first (The Barn Tapes) originally recorded in a barn in Kent as demos for the label, and the second (Hillside) much lauded by critics.[1][3][4][5][6] They toured the United States in 1998 before returning to the UK to tour with Neil Finn followed by dates supporting Bernard Butler.[7] They subsequently signed for McGee's next label, Poptones and were joined by Rob Arriss (guitar and keyboards) and Dave Hill (drums) before releasing the album Bahama in 2001.[8]

"Tiny Car", from Bahama, was usd in the soundtrack of the 2001 film When Brendan Met Trudy.

Saxby and Payne have also formed a side-project called Little Massive with Rob Arriss, whose album Dog Gone was released in 2005.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • The Barn Tapes (1997), Creation
  • Hillside Album (1998), Creation/Sony BMG
  • Bahama (2001), Poptones - reissued in 2008 with additional tracks from B-sides on Luckie Pierre Recordings

Singles[edit]

  • "Twist" (1997), Creation
  • "Fleas Don't Fly" (1998), Creation
  • "Fishsounds" (1998), Creation
  • "Windsor Park" (1998), Creation
  • "Wild Colonial Girl" (2002), Luckie Pierre Recordings

EPs[edit]

  • Christmassy Special (1997), Creation - free giveaway
  • Arnold (2002), Luckie Pierre Recordings

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sullivan, Denise "Arnold Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 20 June 2014
  2. ^ Mason, Stewart "Hillside Review", Allmusic. Retrieved 20 June 2014
  3. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2000) "Arnold" in The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nneties Music, Muze, ISBN 0-7535-0427-8, p. 23
  4. ^ a b Belcher, David (1998) "Given the Hard Shell", Glasgow Herald, 18 September 1998. Retrieved 20 June 2014
  5. ^ McCormick, Neil (1998) "Pop CDs: Arnold Hillside", Daily Telegraph, 11 July 1998. Retrieved 20 June 2014
  6. ^ Gill, Andy (1997) "Arnold: The Barn Tapes", The Independent, 2 May 1997. Retrieved 20 June 2014
  7. ^ "Arnold Do the Write Thing", NME, 14 July 1998. Retrieved 20 June 2014
  8. ^ Semioli, Tom "Bahama Review", Allmusic. Retrieved 20 June 2014

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