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This article is about the band. For the wrestler, see Shark Boy. For the movie character, see The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.
Origin Brighton, England
Genres Alternative rock
Years active Early 1990s–1996
Labels Nude
Past members Avy
Alan Stirner
Adrian Oxaal
Alan Stirner
Gavin Cheyne
Dil Davies
Nick Wilson

Sharkboy were an alternative rock band from Brighton, England, formed in the early 1990s. They released two albums in the mid-1990s before splitting up.


The band was formed in the early 1990s by the Preston-born Avy (vocals), American-born Adrian Oxaal (guitar, cello, keyboards) and Alan Stirner (guitar, percussion).[1][2] The band signed to Nude Records and released their debut album Matinee in 1994, which was described by CMJ New Music Monthly as "moody aggression with bite", and by Allmusic writer Ned Raggett as "an enjoyable, moody debut".[1][3][4] Fischer left, and was replaced by Gavin Cheyne, and the band recruited two further members in Dil Davies (drums, percussion) and Nick Wilson (keyboards, trumpet, percussion).[1] Four singles in 1995 preceded the band's second album, The Valentine Tapes, which included Dickon Hinchcliffe of Tindersticks on violin.[1] The band split up after the album's release.

Oxaal went on to join James.

Musical style[edit]

The band were compared to My Bloody Valentine, Mazzy Star, Drugstore, Tindersticks, and Mojave 3.[1][4] On the band's second album, Allmusic identified a "blend of country, blues, post-punk textures".[5]



  • Matinee (1994), Nude
  • The Valentine Tapes (1995), Nude


  • "Crystaline" (1993), Nude
  • "Razor" (1994), Nude
  • "Big Black Jaguar" (1995), Nude
  • "Little Leopard" (1995), Nude
  • "My Magnetic Susan" (1995), Nude
  • "Tiny Seismic Night" (1995), Nude


  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (1999) The Great Alternative & Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1, p. 558
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006) The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0195313734, p. 386
  3. ^ Taraska, Julie (1995) "Sharkboy Matinee", CMJ New Music Monthly, March 1995, p. 41, retrieved 2012-05-01
  4. ^ a b Raggett, Ned "Matinee Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-01-05
  5. ^ Raggett, Ned "The Valentine Tapes Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-05-01