McAlmont and Butler

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McAlmont & Butler
Genres Indie rock
Years active 1994–1995
Labels Hut
Rough Trade
Associated acts Suede
The Tears
Members Bernard Butler
David McAlmont

McAlmont and Butler are an English rock/soul music duo, comprising singer David McAlmont and guitarist Bernard Butler.


The duo formed in 1994. Both Butler and McAlmont had already experienced success in the music industry. Butler was the guitarist in the indie band Suede, until his acrimonious departure during the recording of their second album, Dog Man Star. McAlmont, a singer with a three octave range, had been part of the duo Thieves with Saul Freeman, who released a handful of singles and had opened for Morrissey on tour before breaking up. An album of their sessions was subsequently released under the name McAlmont in 1994.

McAlmont and Butler's first single, "Yes", was released in May 1995, and reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart. A second single, "You Do", reached number 17 in October. They made a handful of television appearances, but before they could tour, the band had an acrimonious breakup. The recording sessions had produced enough material for a compilation album of b-sides and the two singles: The Sound of McAlmont and Butler which was released early in 1996 and made number 33 in the UK Albums Chart.

After pursuing solo careers for several years, Butler approached McAlmont about working together again, and the duo resolved their issues. The first single of their new collaboration was "Falling", released in 2002, which reached number 23 in the UK Singles Chart. The second single, "Bring it Back", and an album, Bring it Back, were released later that year. They also contributed a cover of Take That's "Back for Good" to the NME's charity compilation War Child.

Several additional songs were written and recorded with the idea for a third album, but this project was put on hold when Butler joined his former Suede bandmate Brett Anderson to form a new band, The Tears. The song "Speed", taken from those third album sessions, was released on Rough Trade Records on 7 August 2006 as a download and on 21 August as a limited edition 7" single. An unfinished third album remains written but incomplete.



Year Album UK Albums Chart[1]
1995 The Sound of McAlmont and Butler No. 33
2002 Bring It Back No. 18


Year Single UK Singles Chart[1] Album
1995 "Yes" No. 8 The Sound of McAlmont and Butler
"You Do" No. 17
2002 "Falling" No. 23 Bring it Back
"Bring it Back" No. 36
2006 "Speed" No. 193 Non Album Single


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 336. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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