Damage (British band)

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Damage
Origin London, England, UK
Genres R&B
Years active 1995–2001, 2010, 2013–present
Labels Big Life
Members Rahsaan J Bromfield
Andrez Harriott
Jade Jones
Noel Simpson
Past members Coreé Richards

Damage are a British R&B boy band who achieved success in the 1990s with eleven hit singles, including four Top 10 successes on the UK Singles Chart.[1] They have sold 2.5 million records worldwide. The band consists of Jade Jones, Rahsaan J Bromfield, Andrez Harriott, and Noel Simpson.

Biography[edit]

The band was formed by Rahsaan "Ras" Bromfield and Noel Simpson who were students at the Barbara Speake Stage School in the London neighbourhood of Acton. They rapped and danced at school assemblies. Jade Jones was brought into the band when Bromfield and Simpson heard him sing a high note. Andrez Harriott, a student at Sylvia Young Theatre School, was recruited after he and Jones performed together in the musical play Carmen Jones. Coreé Richards was asked to join the band after he was heard singing at a bus stop.[2]

The band sent a demo tape of a cover version of the Jackson 5 song "Anything" to Jazz Summers of Big Life Records in early 1995. Damage made inroads into the UK Singles Chart and the second single "Love II Love" reached number 12 while the follow-up, "Forever", charted at number 6 during the Christmas period.[1] "Forever" was also notable for being both the first song that Steve Mac and Wayne Hector wrote together, and the song that caught the ear of Simon Cowell and effectively led to Mac becoming the chief songwriter-producer for Cowell's subsequent projects.[3]

Damage's debut album Forever followed in 1997, along with two further UK Top 10 singles – "Love Guaranteed" and a cover version of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight", the latter reaching number 3.[1] The quintet subsequently embarked on an extensive touring schedule while negotiating a new recording contract following the collapse of Big Life. Jones remained in the media spotlight through his long-term romance with Spice Girl Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton of the Spice Girls.[citation needed] Damage returned to the UK music scene in early 2001 with their Cooltempo Records' début album, Since You've Been Gone. Since You've been gone had several tracks Co-Produced and mixed by well-known UK DJ and producer DJ Dodge. In 2001, they decided to call it a day, after Richards left the band.[4]

Harriott and Jones performed for a while in their band CherryBlackStone. Jones is now a trainee chef. Damage performed a one-off gig at Party in the Park in Leeds, on 25 July 2010.[citation needed]

In early 2014, Damage reformed as a quartet without Richards for the ITV2 documentary The Big Reunion along with others bands such as Eternal and A1,[5][6] although Richards did appear on the show to talk about the band and meet with his bandmates one last time.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK AUS AUT CAN FRA GER IRE NLD SWI US
Forever
  • Released: 15 July 1997
  • Labels: Big Life Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, Cassette
13 57
Since You've Been Gone
  • Released: 2 April 2001
  • Labels: Cooltempo
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
16

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[7] Album
UK
1995 "What U C (Iz What U Get)"
1996 "Anything" (featuring Lil' Cease) 68 Forever
"Love II Love" 12
"Forever" 6
1997 "Love Guaranteed" 7
"Wonderful Tonight" 3
"Love Lady" 33
2000 "Ghetto Romance" 7 Since You've Been Gone
"Rumours" 22
2001 "Still Be Lovin' You" 11
"So What If I?" 12
"After the Love Has Gone" 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 138. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Smith, Sean (2012). Alesha. Simon and Schuster. p. 41. ISBN 9781471102202. 
  3. ^ "Interview With Steve Mac". HitQuarters. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/damage-big-reunion-security-standby-3117396
  5. ^ Wightman, Catriona (27 December 2013). "Eternal, A1 and a supergroup: Big Reunion series two lineup unveiled". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Rigler, Natasha (28 January 2014). "Ex-Damage star Coreé Richards on Big Reunion: "Untrue things are hurtful"". Reveal (Nat Mags). Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Billboard.com

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