Tiger (band)

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Tiger
Origin Princes Risborough/London, England
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, punk rock
Years active 1996–1999
Labels Fierce Panda, Island, Trade 2
Associated acts Fleas
Past members Dan Laidler
Julie Sims
Tina Whitlow
Dido Hallett
Gavin Skinner
Craig 'Ed' Grimshaw
Louis Jones
Seamus Feeney

Tiger were an English indie rock band from Princes Risborough and London who were formed in 1996.[1]

Tiger quickly got British press attention after their debut single "Shining in the Wood" was played on BBC Radio 1. The musical climate of the time was dominated by Britpop and retro bands influenced by Oasis. Tiger, who were characterised by fuzzy guitars and multiple keyboards, were quickly held up as part of a new alternative.

The band had two keyboardists using Moog synthesizers and used droning song structures similar to Stereolab and Neu!, but with a stronger pop element. The band were often criticised for their (lack of) fashion sense: they wore outdated clothes and at least two members of the band had mullet haircuts, which, although they have become fashionable since, were totally out of place at the time.

The band recorded and released their 1996 debut album We are Puppets less than a year after they first formed. It was often described as patchy and samey, but one which nonetheless had some strong pop songs.[citation needed] The album's singles, "Race", "My Puppet Pal", and "On The Rose" were minor successes although only "Race" reached the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart.[2]

NME invited them to perform on their annual Brat Bus Tour in 1997 and their performances were generally held to be a success.

In late 1998 they supported Pulp, but any impetus had been lost by this point and they were dropped from their record label shortly after. Their Stephen Street-produced second album Rosaria eventually appeared on the Tugboat label in 1999, but shortly afterwards they split up.

Line-up[edit]

  • Dan Laidler: vocals, guitar
  • Julie Sims: guitar, vocals
  • Tina Whitlow: keyboards, guitar
  • Dido Hallett: keyboards
  • Craig 'Ed' Grimshaw (drummer from Warm Jets) on debut single "Shining In The Wood"
  • Louis Jones (singer & guitarist from Warm Jets) on debut single "Shining In The Wood"
  • Seamus Feeney: drums
  • Gavin Skinner: drums (on the 2nd album)

Discography[edit]

Tiger discography
Releases
Studio albums 2
EPs 1
Singles 7

The discography of Tiger consists of two studio albums, an extended play, six singles, and "Best in Bucks"; a one-off collaboration single with keyboardist Fleas.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details UK
1996 We Are Puppets
  • Released: November 22, 1996
  • Labels: Trade 2, Island
108[3]
1997 Shining in the Wood (EP)
1999 Rosaria
  • Released: May 1999
  • Labels: Tugboat Records

Singles[edit]

Year Title UK[3] Album
1996 "Shining in the Wood" 135
"Race" 37 We Are Puppets
"My Puppet Pal" 62
1997 "On the Rose" 57
"Best in Bucks" (limited single with and as 'Fleas')
(B-sides: "Sports Day" and "Nasty Landscapes")
1998 "Friends" 72 Rosaria
"Girl From the Petrol Station" N/R

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin C.: "The Great Alternative & Indie Discography", 1999, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
  2. ^ Roberts, Robert (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 559. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ a b "UK Chartlog - DJ T – Tzant". zobbel.de. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 

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