The Grid

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The Grid
Origin England
Genres House, techno, ambient house
Years active 1988–1996
2003–present
Labels East West, Virgin, Deconstruction, Some Bizzare
Associated acts Soft Cell, Chris Braide
Members Richard Norris
David Ball
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),[1] 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).

Band members[edit]

Biography[edit]

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,[1] and toured the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. The group's 1994 album Evolver reached #14 in the UK Albums Chart.[1] 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 #3 in the UK[1] and Australia and selling a total of one million copies.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album UK Albums Chart[1] Label
1990 Electric Head - East West Records
1992 456 - Virgin Records
1994 Evolver [2] 14 Deconstruction Records
1995 Music for Dancing 67 Deconstruction Records
2008 Doppelgänger - Some Bizzare Records

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS AUT BEL
(Vl)
GER IRE SWE UK
[1]
1989 "On the Grid" Single only
"Intergalactia" Electric Head
1990 "Floatation" 60
"A Beat Called Love" 64
"Origins of Dance" 96 Single only
1991 "Boom!" 456
1992 "Figure of 8" 50
"Heartbeat" 72
1993 "Crystal Clear" 27
"Texas Cowboys" 40 18 36 17 Evolver
"Swamp Thing" 3 4 4 13 4 4 3
1994 "Rollercoaster" 45 11 31 19
1995 "Diablo" 32 Music for Dancing
2007 "Put Your Hands Together" Doppelgänger
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 236. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Chartstats.com

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