Whale (band)

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Whale
Origin Sweden
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1993–1999[1]
Labels Caroline
Virgin
Associated acts Tricky,[2] Placebo[3]
Past members Cia Berg
Henrik Schyffert
Gordon Cyrus
Jorgen Wall
Jon Jefferson Klingberg
Heikki Kiviaho

Whale was a Swedish rock group in the 1990s that wrote songs in English.

Career[edit]

The group was formed by Henrik Schyffert, Cia Berg – more recently known as Cia Soro – and Gordon Cyrus. The band enjoyed some success, particularly in the European market. Their first single, 1993's "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" achieved critical acclaim, heavy spins in the Euro dance club scene, saturation airplay on MTV and reached the Top 10 in Denmark and Norway, Top 30 in the Netherlands and Austria, Top 40 in Sweden,[4] and #24 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.[5] It also reached #46 on the UK Singles Chart chart in 1994, and when reissued in 1995, reached #15.[6]

The music video for "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" was directed by Mark Pellington and it won the first MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video in 1994.

In the late 1990s, a presentation of the band on its official website stated that its original name was Southern Whale Cult 1987, and that several albums had previously been released in that name. This was later admitted to have been a joke - the band had copied a presentation of The Cult and simply changed the name of the band in the text.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Date of release Title
1995 We Care
1995 Pay For Me (mini album)
1998 All Disco Dance Must End In Broken Bones

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Whale". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Tricky Taps Whale For U.S. Tour". MTV. 1998-10-08. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Whale Gigography, Tour History". Songkick. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Newman, Melinda; Watson, Miranda (24 June 1995). "Whale follows 'Hobo' with a full length Virgin album". Billboard 107 (25): p18. 
  5. ^ allmusic (((Whale > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))
  6. ^ Warwick, Neil; Kutner, John; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts Singles and Albums. Omnibus Press. ISBN 1-84449-058-0. 
  7. ^ "Whale Swimming From Electronica To Rock". VH1. Jan 8, 1999. http://www.vh1.com/artists/news/510624/19990106/whale.jhtml. Retrieved July 30, 2009.