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This article is about the band. For the clone of Marvel Comics character Thor, see Ragnarok
Origin Brixton, England
Genres Post-punk revival, electropop
Years active 2003–2006
Labels Parlophone
Past members Barry Dobbin (vocals, guitar)
Luke Smith (guitar and backing vocals)
Max Taylor (bass)
Bob Earland (keyboards)
Harry Bennet (drums, vocals)

Clor was a short-lived five-piece band from Brixton, England, formed by Barry Dobbin and Luke Smith in 2003 and which signed to the Parlophone record label after only six gigs.[1][2] The band released a self-titled first album, in 2005 to critical acclaim.[3][4][5] The album was placed first in a list of the "Greatest Albums You've Never Heard" by the NME in 2010.[6][7]

The genesis of Clor began with a club night entitled Bad Bunny, run by Dobbin and Smith, who wanted to incorporate their own music into their DJ sets.[1][8] They began recording in Smith's apartment and soon invited associates from the club night into their fold, expanding to a five-piece.[1] Dobbin came upon the name Clor as it "...sounded raw, primitive, and futuristic at the same time".[1] The demo Welcome Music Lovers was recorded in 2004, initially with the idea of being sent out to other clubs to book shows.[1] However, word of mouth saw the offer of a record deal with label Parlophone after just six gigs.[1][2][9] The Welcome Music Lovers EP saw release later in 2004, with singles Love + Pain and Outlines preceding debut album Clor in 2005.[10] In May 2006, the band announced that it had split.[11] Their manager stated that the future paths of Dobbin and Smith were unclear, though would likely involve musical pursuits.[12] Smith has since produced Shitdisco's album, Kingdom of Fear (released April 2007), Foals album Total Life Forever (released May 2010), as well as both albums by singer-songwriter frYars.[13][14][15][16] Dobbin went on to form and front a new band called Barringtone.[17][18]




  • "Welcome Music Lovers" - July 2004


  • "Love & Pain" - April 2005 (UK #48)
  • "Outlines" - July 2005 (UK #43)
  • "Good Stuff" - October 2005 (UK #50)[19]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Phares, Heather. "Clor: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  2. ^ a b Serck, Linda. "Interview - Clor". MusicOMH. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Clor - Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ Pattison, Louis (27 July 2005). "Clor: Clor". Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  5. ^ Ubi, Sam (31 July 2005). "Clor: Clor". Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  6. ^ "In this week's NME... (28/12/10)". Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  7. ^ "Tomorrow's NME The 100 Greatest Albums You've Never Heard... / Music Forum // Drowned In Sound". 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  8. ^ "Clor Interview". Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  9. ^ Cummings, Bill (27 July 2005). "Interviews: Clor". Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  10. ^ "Clor Discography". Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  11. ^ "Clor split up". 2006-05-11. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  12. ^ Melia, Daniel (11 May 2006). "Clor Split Due To 'Musical Differences'". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  13. ^ "Shitdisco - Kingdom Of Fear". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  14. ^ "Foals/Total Life Forever - SP875". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  15. ^ "Fryars: Dark Young Hearts". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  16. ^ "Fryars: Universal Music Publishing". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  17. ^ East, Ben (1 July 2008). "One To Watch: Barringtone". Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  18. ^ Lester, Paul (23 April 2008). "New Band of the Day No. 309: Barringtone". Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  19. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 111. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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