Brassy (band)

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Brassy
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1994–2003
Labels Costermonger, Wiiija
Website http://www.brassy.co.uk
Members Muffin Spencer
Stefan Gordon
Karen Frost
Jonny Barrington

Brassy were an English rock/hip hop band active between 1994 and 2003 featuring American singer Muffin Spencer, younger sister of Jon Spencer (of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion), as lead vocalist.

History[edit]

Spencer had formerly been the lead singer with The Exuberants. She relocated to the UK and formed Brassy in Manchester.[1] Other members of the band were Stefan Gordon (guitar), Karen Frost (bass guitar, vocals), and Jonny Barrington (aka DJ Swett, drums).[2] Influenced by The Smiths, their early material also drew comparisons with Elastica.[2] Later they incorporated hip hop and punk rock influences and were compared to Beastie Boys, Plasmatics and Biz Markie.[3][4][5][6]

Their earliest material was released on the Costermonger label (home to Gene). The band found favour with John Peel for whom they recorded a radio session in June 1996, with a return visit in May 2000.[7] With financial difficulties affecting Costermonger they moved on to Wiiija where they released their debut album Got It Made in 2000.[2] Their 2000 track "Play Some D" was re-released in 2003 after it was used in the 'hellomoto' ad campaign by Motorola,[3] leading to renewed interest in the band, and the recording of a second album, Gettin Wise. Gettin Wise received a mixed response from critics,[4][8][9][10] and proved to be their final album, with the band members all finding themselves in debt after recording it.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Got It Made (11 July 2000), Wiija WIJ 1111
  • Gettin Wise (12 May 2003), Wiija WIJ 1131

Singles[edit]

  • "Boss" b/w Route Out (Mar 1996), Costermonger COST 7 (#194 UK)
  • "Straighten Out" b/w Right Back (Jul 1996), Costermonger COST 8 (#198 UK)
  • "Sure Thing" b/w (remix) (1997), Costermonger COST 10
  • Bonus Beats EP (24 May 1999) (Containing Good Times/Secrets/Back in Business/Bonus Beat), Wiija WIJ 98
  • "Good Times" (1999) Wiija WIJ 88
  • "I Can't Wait" (23 Aug 1999), Wiija WIJ 103 (#136 UK)
  • "Work It Out" (28 February 2000), Wiija WIJ 109 (#111 UK)
  • "B'Cos We Rock" (Jul 2000), Wiija WIJ 121
  • Play Some D EP (16 Oct 2000), Wiija WIJ 123 (#179 UK)
  • "Play Some D" (31 March 2003), Wiija WIJ 133 (#88 UK)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Munro, Kelsey (2003) "Muffin's cookin'", Sydney Morning Herald, 22 August 2003, retrieved 2010-09-19
  2. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 643
  3. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny "Brassy Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-09-19
  4. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny "Gettin Wise Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-09-19
  5. ^ Schulte, Tom "Got It Made Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-09-19
  6. ^ Schild, Matt (2001) "Down to the Brass Tacks", Aversion.com, 23 April 2001, retrieved 2010-09-19
  7. ^ "Brassy Peel Sessions", Keeping It Peel, BBC, retrieved 2010-09-19
  8. ^ Sawyer, Terry (2003) "BRASSY Gettin Wise", PopMatters, 3 October 2003, retrieved 2010-09-19
  9. ^ Linhardt, Alex (2004) "Brassy Gettin' Wise", Pitchfork Media, 7 January 2004, retrieved 2010-09-19
  10. ^ Bonazelli, Andrew (2003) "Brassy Gettin Wise", CMJ New Music Monthly, September 2003, p.47

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