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Background information
Origin Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Genres Psychedelic pop
Years active 2003 – present
Labels Tiny Dog Records
Website www.flipron.co.uk
Members Joe Atkinson
Jesse Budd
Mike Chitty
Tom Granville
Past members Mark Wingfield
Greg Shepheard
Nick Walkling
John Thompson

Flipron are an English psychedelic pop band from Glastonbury, England, consisting of singer and songwriter Jesse Budd, pianist/organist Joe Atkinson, drummer Mike Chitty and bassist Tom Granville. They were signed to Tiny Dog Records in 2003.Their music has been likened to Tom Waits, Syd Barrett and The Kinks.[1]

2004/5: Fancy Blues and Rustique Novelties[edit]

The first album was recorded in Glastonbury and released in 2004. The Observer Music Monthly magazine put it at number 6 in their 50 albums of the month for October[2] with Charles Shaar Murray giving it a four star review.[3]

In July 2004 they recorded their first live session for Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music.

As part of the tour to promote the album, Flipron appeared as support act for Donovan (for whom Flipron's Joe Atkinson was playing keyboards) at Cardiff St David's Hall and Bristol's St George's Hall.

Two singles were released from the album; "Hanging Round The Lean-to With Grandad" and "Raindrops Keep Falling On the Dead/The End Of Summer".[4] The latter featured an animated black and white video made by American director Alex de Campi.[5]

2006/7: Biscuits For Cerberus[edit]

The second album, Biscuits For Cerberus was mainly recorded at drummer Mike Chitty's house[6] and released in 2006. The Daily Telegraph described it as a "woozy, bohemian pop massacre. Brilliant, but frankly unclassifiable."[4]

In March 2006, they appeared at The Spice Of Life in London with Rat Scabies performing The Damned hit "Smash It Up", which was recorded by BBC 6 Music for their Pretty Ancient event (celebrating thirty years of punk).[7]

A single, "Dogboy Vs Monsters" was released in early 2007 and featured a silent movie pastiche video, again directed by Alex de Campi.

Shortly after the recording of Biscuits For Cerberus, bassist Mark Wingfield left the band and Greg Shepheard who had engineered the first two albums joined.

2008/9: Gravity Calling[edit]

The third album, Gravity Calling, was recorded at Chris Jagger's Somerset studio with former Damned drummer Rat Scabies producing. Q Magazine described it as sounding like a "more ramshackle Madness" and added the song "How It Works" to their 50 essential download list in their January 2009 issue[8]

August 2008 saw them appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for five nights at the Gilded Balloon.

On 31 October 2008, they returned to BBC 6 Music for another live session for Tom Robinson. In November 2008, they embarked on a co-headlining UK tour with Birmingham's Misty's Big Adventure and they toured again in spring 2009 with Mark Wingfield returning on bass. Two singles were released from the album, "Book Of Lies" and the title track.

In May 2009, they recorded a session for Mark Lamarr's God's Jukebox show on BBC Radio 2 (which was repeated on Lamarr's Best of 2009 show in January 2010).

A range of vintage equipment was used in the recording of Gravity Calling and was featured in Guitar & Bass Magazine's January 2009[9] edition with interviews with Jesse Budd, Rat Scabies and Flipron manager, Phil Taylor (who also managed Bobby Long).

2010/11: The Coolest Names In Showbiz and US tour[edit]

A new single, the ska flavoured "The Coolest Names In Showbiz", again produced by Rat Scabies, was released in July 2010. The song made its live debut at a show in Bath supporting The (English) Beat.

In August 2010, Flipron returned to the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this time for a nine night residency. In September 2010, they toured the USA for the first time with John Thompson (who also plays with the current line up of The Selecter) on bass and returned to the US in March 2011 to appear at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The single "The Stupidest Face In Town" was released in June 2011.

From 2010 to 2011 live bass duties were shared by John Thompson and Nick Walkling. Tom Granville joined as a permanent member in August 2011.

2012/13: Firework Shoes[edit]

In 2012 they recorded their fourth album, Firework Shoes. As with Gravity Calling, Rat Scabies produced the album and David M Allen mixed it. A new single, "The Comet Returns", featuring The Specials singer Neville Staple was released in September 2012. The video for the song was filmed in Coventry at the recently opened Two Tone[disambiguation needed] Village.[10]

Firework Shoes was released on 5 November 2012 receiving a 4/5 review in The Sunday Express by its editor Martin Townsend who likened the band to Madness, Squeeze and XTC[11][12]

In October 2013 "Big Fat Blackberries" from Firework Shoes was released as a single. In December 2013, “The Comet Returns” from Firework Shoes was used by Channel 4 as the backing music on their trailer to advertise the Christmas Eve Special of cult TV comedy show, The IT Crowd.


  1. ^ "Flipron | CD Baby Music Store". Cdbaby.com. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  2. ^ Observer Music Monthly, October 2004
  3. ^ "Flipron: Fancy Blues and Rustique Novelties | OMM | The Observer". Observer.guardian.co.uk. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  4. ^ a b Tiny Dog Records website
  5. ^ Alex De campi official website
  6. ^ "Biscuits For Cerberus" CD sleevenotes, Tiny Dog Records 2006
  7. ^ "6 Music - Events - Pretty Ancient 2006". BBC. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  8. ^ Q Magazine, January 2009, pages 116 and 132
  9. ^ Guitar & Bass Magazine, January 2009, pages 102-108
  10. ^ Music Week Magazine, 27/07/12(p46)
  11. ^ Sunday Express, 4 November, 2012, (p51)
  12. ^ Townsend, Martin (2012-11-04). "CD Review: Flipron, Firework Shoes | Music | Entertainment | Daily Express". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 

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