Statton in 1989
|Born||March 1958 (age 60)
|Genres||New wave, post-punk, jazz|
|Labels||Rough Trade, Les Disques du Crépuscule, Vinyl Japan|
|Associated acts||Young Marble Giants, Weekend, Devine & Statton|
Alison Statton (born March 1958) is a Welsh singer best known for her work with Young Marble Giants. Fans of the singer have included Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Stephin Merritt, Belle and Sebastian and Renato Russo.
Born in Cardiff, Statton's career in music began in 1978 as the singer for the band Young Marble Giants. After Young Marble Giants split up in 1981, she formed the jazz-influenced band Weekend with Simon Emmerson (Booth) and Spike Williams, releasing the album La Varieté in 1982 and a live EP, Live at Ronnie Scott's, the following year.
Young Marble Giants reunited for a number of live performances from 2007 to 2015 in Europe, the last one in London at the Royal Festival Hall during the Meltdown Festival curated by David Byrne.
Statton's singing has been called "coolly unadorned", cool and dispassionate, and ghostly and fragile, with a "shy, singsong delivery". Her vocal style is considered influential on many of the indie pop artists that followed.
She presently works as a chiropractor.
With Young Marble Giants
- Colossal Youth (1980), Rough Trade
- Salad Days (2000), Vinyl Japan
- Live at the Hurrah (2004), Cherry Red
- Colossal Youth & Collected Works (2007), Domino
- La Variete (1982), Rough Trade
- Live at Ronnie Scott's (1983), Rough Trade
- Archive (2003), Vinyl Japan
Devine and Statton
- The Prince of Wales (1988), Les Disques du Crépuscule
- Cardiffians (1990), Les Disques Du Crépuscule
- Weekend in Wales (1993), Vinyl Japan
- Tidal Blues (1994), Vinyl Japan
- Maple Snow (1995), Vinyl Japan
- The Shady Tree (1997), Vinyl Japan
- The Gist – Embrace the Herd (1982): vocals on "Clean Bridges"
- Stuart Moxham & The Original Artists – Signal Path (1992): vocals on "Knives (Always Fall)"
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- Bonini, Alessandro; Tamagnini, Emanuele (2006) New Wave, Gremese Editore, Italy, ISBN 978-88-8440-412-1, p. 195
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