Sing-Sing (band)

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Sing-Sing were an English indie pop/dream pop band formed in 1997 in London. It consisted of vocalist Lisa O'Neill and guitarist/vocalist Emma Anderson, formerly of Lush. They worked with a variety of musicians to achieve a unique and eclectic sound which nodded to 60's girl groups, electronica and folk. The band released 2 albums and a variety of singles on Bella Union, Sanctuary Records and Poptones and finally on their own self-created label, Aerial. They toured the States twice in 2002 taking in both SXSW in Austin and CMJ in New York. Both the band's albums were produced by Mark Van Hoen but they have also collaborated with the Mad Professor (remixed I'll Be in a Lovers Rock style), Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins, cellist and string-arranger Audrey Riley, Tim Keegan (Departure Lounge vocalist) and 4AD artist Vinny Miller . Live musicians for touring included 'Shifty' aka Michael Scrivens (bass), Poppy Gonzalez (keyboards), Miguel Morland (drums 1998-2000), Jenny Jones (trumpet and keyboards) and Darren Groucutt (drums 2000-2002) and Dominic del Torto (guitarist and backing vocalist 2005-2006)

At the end of December 2007, they announced via their mailing list and website that they had decided to disband:

"After 10 mostly very happy but sometimes very difficult years we have decided to 'call it a day' (i.e. end) with Sing-Sing. In 2006 Emma moved to Brighton, East Sussex where she is involved in music publicity and last year Lisa wed her long-term partner Run Wrake, moved to the Kent countryside and is enjoying her newly found freedom as a mum and freelance graphic designer. Even Mark van Hoen, our erstwhile producer, is moving to the USA later in 2008."

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

The Joy of Sing-Sing (2001)[edit]

  1. "Everything" (Anderson) 3:14
  2. "Tegan" (Anderson, Cipriani, O'Neill) 4:52
  3. "I'll Be" (Anderson, Benson, O'Neill) 3:34
  4. "Me and My Friend" (O'Neill) 3:40
  5. "Far Away From Love" (Anderson, Van Hoen) 3:41
  6. "Panda Eyes" (Anderson) 4:01
  7. "Command" (O'Neill) 4:25
  8. "Feels Like Summer" (Anderson, Bloom, Cordell, Gentry, James) 4:08
  9. "Emigré" (O'Neill) 4:09
  10. "You Don't Know" (Anderson) 4:26
  11. "Underage" (Anderson) 3:08
  12. "I Can See You" (O'Neill, Van Hoen) 9:56

Released by Poptones Records. "Keep It That Way" (also released as one of the b-sides to "I'll Be") follows "I Can See You" as a hidden track.

Sing-Sing and I (2005)[edit]

  1. "Lover" (Anderson) 2:28
  2. "Come, Sing Me A Song" (O'Neill) 3:38
  3. "Mister Kadali" (O'Neill) 3:59
  4. "A Modern Girl" (Anderson) 3:49
  5. "Ruby" (O'Neill) 3:25
  6. "I Do" (O'Neill) 3:32
  7. "Going Out Tonight" (Anderson, O'Neill) 3:35
  8. "Unseen" (Anderson) 4:34
  9. "The Time Has Come" (Anderson) 3:46
  10. "When I Was Made" (Anderson) 4:03
  11. "A Kind Of Love" (O'Neill) 6:45

Released by the band's own Aerial Records. Also includes multi-media version of Lover with animated cartoon video.

Singles[edit]

Track Listing : Feels Like Summer (Anderson) 4:11/ Hit and Run (O'Neill, Van Hoen) 3:59/ Command (O'Neill) 4:25

Track Listing : I'll Be/ Western/ I'll Be (dub)

Track Listing : Ruby (O'Neill) 3:25/ A Modern Girl (Anderson) 3:47/ Every Day (Anderson) 3:57/ I Do (I Re-Do Mix) (O'Neill) 3:32

  • Lover (2005, Aerial)
  • Come, Sing Me A Song (2006, Aerial)

Track Listing : Come, Sing Me A Song/ Mister Darkness

Other appearances[edit]

  • Feels Like Summer appears on the 1999 Polish compilation 'Now To Jest Twoja Muzyka 06' ('Now That's What I Call Music 06') alongside Britney Spears, Geri Halliwell and Robbie Williams (Universal Music Polska 1999)
  • Feels Like Summer appears in the 2005 film "Shelf Life" directed by Tamar Halpern.
  • Lover was used in Episode 4 ('Fog') of the 2006 US TV series Saved (TV series).
  • Come, Sing Me A Song appears in Season 2, Episode 20 ('Band Aid Covers The Bullet Hole') of the TV Series, Grey's Anatomy. It then appeared on Volume 2 of the Grey's Anatomy soundtrack as an iTunes exclusive.
  • A Modern Girl was used by The Body Shop in their 2006 'Make Me Fabulous' make-up campaign (online and in-store).
  • Sunbathing appeared on "Never Lose That Feeling Volume 2" on Club AC30 Records in 2005. This was a cover of the Lush song, written by Emma in 1990.
  • When I Was Made appears in the 2007 movie Numb (film).
  • Come, Sing Me A Song appears in the 2012 film "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life" written and directed by Tamar Halpern.

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