- For other uses of the title The Grid, see Grid.
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|Genres||House, techno, ambient house|
|Labels||East West, Virgin, Deconstruction, Some Bizzare|
|Associated acts||Soft Cell, Chris Braide|
|Past members||Sacha Rebecca Souter (singer/vocals)|
The Grid are an English electronic dance group, consisting of Richard Norris and David Ball (formerly of Soft Cell), with guest contributions from other musicians. They are best known for the hits "Swamp Thing", "Crystal Clear", "Rollercoaster", "Floatation", and "Cybernetic" (with Robert Fripp and Phil Manzanera).
- Richard Norris (born 23 June 1965, London) – keyboards
- David Ball (born 3 May 1959, Blackpool, Lancashire) – keyboards
- Sacha Rebecca Souter (born 26 November 1963, Durham, County Durham) – vocals
The Grid formed in 1988, after both Dave and Richard had worked with Psychic TV on the Jack the Tab – Acid Tablets Volume One album. They recorded the track "Meet Every Situation Head On" together as M.E.S.H.. The Grid had their first success with debut single, "Floatation", released on East West Records in 1990. They went on to release a string of ten UK hit singles and four albums, and toured the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. The group's 1994 album Evolver reached No. 14 in the UK Albums Chart. The lead single from this album, "Swamp Thing", features elaborate banjo lines played by Roger Dinsdale. "Swamp Thing" proved to be a commercial success in the UK, Europe and Australia, reaching No. 3 in the UK and Australia and selling a total of one million copies.
In 1996, Norris and Ball agreed to a hiatus period in order pursue individual music interests. Norris formed the Droyds, which went on to remix tracks by musicians including Armand Van Helden and Siobhan Fahey, and wrote the official biography of Paul Oakenfold (published in 2007): Ball reformed Soft Cell with Marc Almond, and also wrote music scores for films. Norris has since formed the psychedelic duo, Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, with DJ Erol Alkan, and has released a number of solo records and remixes under the name The Time and Space Machine.
The duo reunited in 2005, initially playing two gigs under the name GDM with female singer Misty Woods, before writing and recording new material as the Grid. A single, "Put Your Hands Together", was released in 2007 and an album, Doppelgänger, followed in 2008. Both were released on the Some Bizzare label. The album featured vocals by the British musician, Chris Braide.
|Year||Album||UK Albums Chart||Label|
|1990||Electric Head||–||East West Records|
|1995||Music for Dancing||67||Deconstruction Records|
|2008||Doppelgänger||–||Some Bizzare Records|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1989||"On the Grid"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Single only|
|"A Beat Called Love"||—||—||—||—||—||—||64|
|"Origins of Dance"||—||—||—||—||—||—||96||Single only|
|1992||"Figure of 8"||—||—||—||—||—||—||50|
|1995||"Diablo"||—||—||—||—||—||—||32||Music for Dancing|
|2007||"Put Your Hands Together"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Doppelgänger|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|