Agent Provocateur (band)

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Agent Provocateur
OriginLondon, England
GenresBig beat, breakbeat
Years active1995–1997, 2010
LabelsWall of Sound, Epic
Associated actsAdam and the Ants, Bow Wow Wow, Chiefs of Relief
Past members

Agent Provocateur were a British electronica band, consisting of John Gosling, Matthew Ashman (Bow Wow Wow), Dan Peppe, Danny Saber (Black Grape) and Cleo Torez.[1] When Ashman died in 1995 he was replaced on guitar by Lance Burman (formerly of Chiefs of Relief).


The band's first single, "Kicks", was released in 1995, and they went on to perform in London supporting Royal Trux.[2] In 1997 they released the album Where the Wild Things Are, which had been started before Ashman's death, and featured Shaun Ryder on vocals on the track "Agent Dan", which was a top 50 hit in the UK when released as a single.[3][4][5][6]

On the fifteenth anniversary of Ashman's death, the band reunited for a tribute concert on 21 November 2010, at the Scala in London, in a show with Adam Ant topping the bill and also featuring later Ashman bands Bow Wow Wow and Chiefs of Relief.


Studio albums[edit]


  • The Phat and Ratty (1997), Epic


Year Single UK Singles Chart Label
1994 "Kicks"/"Spinning" - Wall of Sound
1995 "Red Tape" - Wall of Sound
1996 "Sabotage!" - Epic/Wall of Sound
"You're No Good" - Wall of Sound
1997 "Agent Dan" 49[7] Epic/Wall of Sound


  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (2000) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music, Virgin Books, ISBN 978-0753504277, p. 261
  2. ^ "Agent Provocoateur Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 31 July 2016
  3. ^ Les Inrockuptibles, Issues 111-119, 1997, p.67 (via Google Books)
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas "Where the Wild Things Are Review", Allmusic. Retrieved 31 July 2016
  5. ^ Prato, Greg "Matthew Ashman Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 31 July 2016
  6. ^ Talevski, Nick (2006) Knocking on Heaven's Door: Rock Obituaries, Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-1846090912, p. 12
  7. ^ Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd 17th edition (2004), p. 16 ISBN 0-85112-199-3