Damage (British band)

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Damage
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 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] They sold 2.5 million records worldwide.

Biography[edit]

Led by Jade Jones and Coree Richards, Damage were one of several urban R&B outfits who capitalised on Mark Morrison's international breakthrough during the mid-1990s.[citation needed] The quintet was formed at school at the beginning of the decade when Andrez Harriott, Jade Jones, Coreé Richards, Rahsaan J. Bromfield and Noel Simpson were all teenagers. They sent a demo tape of a cover version of the Jackson Five song "Anything" to Jazz Summers of Big Life Records in early 1995. Although Summers was impressed by the quality of their singing and harmonies,[citation needed] he waited eighteen months before issuing their first record. Even though it charted outside the Top 40, it achieved excellent reviews[citation needed] and Damage were born.

They made inroads into the UK Singles Chart and the second single "Love II Love" reached number 12 while the follow-up "Forever" was a number 6 hit 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.[2]

Their 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 & Producer Dj Dodge.

In 2001, they decided to call it a day, citing musical differences as the reason for their break up.

Andrez Harriott and Jade 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 without Richards for the ITV2 documentary The Big Reunion along with others bands such as Eternal and A1. Richards chose not to take part due to conflicts with the band.

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 - - - - - - - - -
Since You've Been Gone
  • Released: 2 April 2001
  • Labels: Cooltempo
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
16 - - - - - - - - -

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[3] 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. ^ "Interview With Steve Mac". HitQuarters. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Billboard.com

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