Living in a Box

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This article is about the band. For their song of this name, see Living in a Box (song). For their debut album, see Living in a Box (album).
Living in a Box
Origin Sheffield, England
Genres Blue-eyed soul, sophisti-pop, synthpop, new wave
Years active 1985–present
Labels Chrysalis Records
Website Livinginaboxmusic.com
Members Richard Darbyshire
Marcus Vere
Anthony Critchlow

Living in a Box were a British band from the late 1980s. They are best known for their eponymous debut single, produced by Richard James Burgess. They were composed by singer Richard Darbyshire, drummer Anthony (Titch) Critchlow and keyboard player Marcus Vere.

Career[edit]

Formation and split up[edit]

Living in a Box were formed in 1985 in Sheffield. Their most commercially successful single, "Living in a Box" peaked at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, and was the band's only single to chart in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. They enjoyed more success in their home country, releasing their self-titled debut album in 1987 along with a number of other singles following their debut hit. The follow-up album, Gatecrashing in 1989 proved to be even more successful, generating two Top Ten hits, "Blow the House Down" (which featured Queen's Brian May on guitar)[1][2]) and "Room in Your Heart". The album itself peaked at number 21 (four places higher than the first). Artistic differences, as well as changes to their record label Chrysalis, caused the band to break up in 1990 before a third album could be released.

After Living In a Box[edit]

Lead vocalist Richard Darbyshire continued his long-standing music career, and went on to enjoy modest success as a solo artist, writing songs for artists such as Lisa Stansfield, as well as releasing two solo albums. These were How Many Angels (1994) and Love Will Provide (1999), which came as a reissue of How Many Angels, and included several new and unreleased tracks.

The band's drummer, Anthony Critchlow nicknamed 'Tich' and keyboardist and synthesizer player, Marcus Charles Vere both retired from the music industry after the band split. Tich now runs his own company providing bespoke illumination and lighting installations. Vere now produces award-winning DVDs called Here Comes A ...! for pre-school aged children. Topics include live action films about tractors, diggers, trains and fire engines.[3]

The song "Living in a Box" was later covered by Bobby Womack, who had also worked with Living in a Box on their single, "So the Story Goes."

Group members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio
Compilations
  • The Best of Living in a Box (1999)
  • The Very Best of Living in a Box (2003)
  • Rock & Worship (2014) from (50‘s 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s present)

Singles[edit]

Year Song UK
[5]
IRE NED BEL
(FLA)
FRA ITA GER AUT SWI SWE NOR NZ CAN US
Hot 100
US
R&B
US
Dance
Album
1987 "Living in a Box" 5 6 18 20 18 9 4 11 2 4 7 31 18 17 74 6 Living in a Box
"Scales of Justice" 30 27 - - - 28 35 - - - - - - - - -
"So the Story Goes" 34 - - - - - - - - - - - - 81 - -
1988 "Love Is the Art" 45 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12
1989 "Blow the House Down" 10 12 10 12 - 50 28 - 26 - - - - - - 19 Gatecrashing
"Gatecrashing" 36 - - - - 45 - - - - - - - - - -
"Room in Your Heart" 5 6 16 20 - - - 27 - 20 - - - - - -
"Different Air" 57 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
"-" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Queenvault.com
  2. ^ Livinginaboxmusic.com
  3. ^ engines Herecomesadvds.com
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 325. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Chartstats Living in a Box(Link redirected to OCC website)

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