White Town

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White Town
Born (1966-07-30) July 30, 1966 (age 48)
Rourkela, India
Origin Derby, England, United Kingdom
Genres Alternative rock, alternative dance, electronica, trip hop
Occupations Musician
Years active 1989–present
Labels Satya Records
Parasol
EMI
Chrysalis
Elefant
Bzangy Records
Website http://www.whitetown.co.uk
Members Jyoti Mishra

White Town is a British musical act and is the work of one man, Jyoti Prakash Mishra.[1] White Town is best known for his song "Your Woman", which reached at number one the UK Singles Chart in January 1997.[1] "Your Woman" also peaked at number one in Spain, as well as number two in Australia, number four in Canada, Denmark and Finland and number 23 in the United States.

Early life[edit]

Mishra was born in Rourkela, India on 30 July 1966, but emigrated to the United Kingdom with his family at age three.

Musical career[edit]

White Town was formed by Mishra in 1989 after he saw The Pixies play. Initially there were other members on guitar, bass and drums playing support gigs for various bands including Primal Scream. In 1990 he released his first self-financed record, White Town EP, on 7" vinyl. This featured Nick Glyn-Davis on drums and Sean Deegan on bass with Mishra on guitar and vocals. Glyn-Davis left and was replaced live by a drum machine and Leon Wilson on guitar. The rest of the band drifted away in Autumn 1990 and from then on Mishra mainly worked on his own, using other musicians to record with, including Gary Thatcher of the Derby band The Beekeepers on guitar.

After a troubled working relationship with EMI, Mishra was dropped from the label in 1997. Since then, he has gone back to working with indie labels such as Parasol Records. His album, 2000's Peek & Poke, received moderately enthusiastic reviews but sold poorly compared to his major label work.[citation needed]

In 2005, White Town contributed the song "The PNAC Cabal" to the charity album, Voyces United for UNHCR.

A New Surprise EP was released in September 2006 by the Swedish indie label Heavenly Pop Hits, and was followed up by the album Don't Mention the War, which launched Mishra's own Bzangy Records label.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Information Chart positions
UK US US Heatseekers
1994 Socialism, Sexism & Sexuality
1997 Women in Technology 83 84 4
2000 Peek & Poke
  • Released: May 23, 2000
  • Label: Bzangy Groink
2006 Don't Mention the War
  • Released: October 23, 2006
  • Label: Bzangy
2011 Monopole
  • Released: October 13, 2011
  • Label: Bzangy

Extended plays[edit]

Year Information
1990 White Town
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Satya
1991 Alain Delon
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Parasol
1992 Bewitched
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Parasol
Fairweather Friend
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Elefant
1996 >Abort, Retry, Fail?_

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
UK
[1]
AUS CAN FRA GER IRE NL NZ SWE U.S.
1990 "Darley Abbey" Singles only
1991 "All She Said"
1997 "Your Woman" 1 2 4 5 24 5 21 5 10 23 Women in Technology
"Undressed" 57
1998 "Another Lover"
2006 "A New Surprise" Don't Mention the War

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 599. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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