Galliano (band)

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Galliano, 1991.

Galliano was a name given to Robert Gallagher by Gilles Peterson who would play percussion on Peterson's 'Nite FM' radio programme rv on Radio London in the early 1980s. Galliano was thought to invoke a latin american character who lived in the studio and would start to play sporadically. Gallagher would also take the mic at clubs like Babylon and Dingwall's delivering Last poet's styled monologues ,one of these became the first record for the acid jazz record label in 1987 . Frederick lies still was based on Curtis Mayfield's Freddy's dead over Pucho and the Latin soul brothers .

Under the name Galliano ,Gallagher went on to collaborate on acid Jazz with Chris bangs the JTQ and the Jazz renegades .Peterson set up Talking Loud records in 1988 and Gallagher signed to Talking Loud and started to write and record the first Galliano album 'In pursuit of the 13th note ' .Galliano had by now formed into a three piece to perform spoken word over conga backing with Constantine Weir and Crispin Robinson .They were also signed to Talking Loud. The album was recorded in 1988/ 89 , a sample based recording produced by Chris Bangs with Guests including Roy Ayers .

Galliano then embarked on a touring schedule that would last for the next seven years . It became known as the "Galliano project' for the second album 'A Joyful Noise"(produced by Mick Talbot). Various personal and line up changes contributed to the seven years of touring 4 studio albums and a live album recorded in Tokyo.

London-based acid jazz group that was active between 1988 and 1997. The group was the first signing to Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson's Acid Jazz record label. The original members were Rob Gallagher (vocals - credited as Roberto Galliano),[1] Constantine Weir (vocals), Michael Snaith (The Vibe Controller) and Crispin Robinson (percussion). Other important members included Valerie Etienne, who participated in the recording of all their CDs, along with other musicians such as Mick Talbot on keyboards, Crispin Taylor on drums Ernie McKone on bass guitar, Mark Vandergucht guitar and Steve Ameedee, otherwise known as Uncle Big Man (dancer).

The group's first single, a reworking of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead" called "Frederick Lies Still", was released in June 1988.[2] It was also the first release on the Acid Jazz label.[2]

Galliano achieved the peak of its success in 1994 with The Plot Thickens which peaked at number seven in the UK album chart.

Galliano provided the track used in the title sequence of Kevin Reynolds' 1997 film, One Eight Seven, starring Samuel L. Jackson. The track "Slack Hands" appears on their 1996 album :4.

In 1997, Gallagher broke Galliano up, and pursued other musical projects, Two Banks of Four and Earl Zinger (the reggae singer).



Compilation albums[edit]

  • What Colour Our Flag - 1994 - Talkin' Loud
  • Thicker Plot (remixes 93-94) - 1994 - Talkin' Loud
  • Live at Liquid Rooms (Tokyo) - 1997 - Talkin' Loud (Mercury Records)[3]


Year Single Peak positions Album
1988 "Frederic Lies Still" singles only
1989 "Let The Good Times Roll" (The Quiet Boys feat. Galliano)
1990 "Welcome To The Story" In Pursuit Of The 13th Note
1991 "Nothing Has Changed" 88 78
"Power And Glory"
"Jus' Reach" A Joyful Noise Unto The Creator
1992 "Skunk Funk" 41
"Prince Of Peace" 47 74
"Jus' Reach Recycled" 66
1994 "Long Time Gone" 15 The Plot Thickens
"Twyford Down" 37
1996 "Ease Your Mind" 45 :4
"Roofing Tiles" 87
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  1. ^ "Rob Gallagher Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  2. ^ a b Rudland, Dean (2001). The Best of Acid Jazz (booklet). Various artists. London: Metro. METRCD050. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 221. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Official Charts Company: Galliano". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  5. ^ "Galliano - Dutch Chart". Retrieved 2014-04-14. 

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