Frazier Chorus

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Frazier Chorus
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Background information
OriginBrighton, England
GenresPop, dream pop
Years active1986–1996
Labels4AD
Virgin Records
Pinkerton
Websitefrazierchorus.co.uk
Past membersTim Freeman
Kate Holmes
Chris Taplin
Michele Allardyce

Frazier Chorus were a pop group from Brighton, England.[1] A pop group without the usual guitarist, bassist or drummer; they instead utilised flute, clarinet, bongos and hushed vocals. (Though some tracks do include guitar.)

History[edit]

Originally a four-piece, they signed to British indie record label 4AD and released the single "Sloppy Heart" in 1987.[2] Shortly afterwards they moved to Virgin Records, and achieved reasonable chart success with a string of melodic pop songs about Dream Kitchens, Living Rooms, Happy Eaters and Little Chefs, all taken from their 1989 debut album, Sue.

With the emergence of the indie-dance scene in the early 1990s the band changed tack. Singles from their second album Ray were remixed into indie-dance floorfillers by a number of top remixers, including Paul Oakenfold, Chad Jackson and Youth. The band were restyled from the fey indie pop band of 1989 into an act more like The Beloved and If?.[citation needed]

Singer Tim Freeman released a third album billed as Frazier Chorus (Wide Awake), which did not reach the UK Albums Chart, although it was released years after Ray on a small independent record label, while Kate Holmes moved into electronica via the bands Sirenes, Technique, and Client.

Tim Freeman is the brother of actor Martin Freeman.

Tim's brother Jamie Freeman was in Frazier Chorus's touring band, but only appeared on their third studio album Wide Awake, contributing guitars on all but one track.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album UK Albums
Chart
[3]
Label
1989 Sue 56 Virgin Records
1991 Ray 66 Virgin Records
1995 Wide Awake - Pinkerton
"-" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album Label
UK Singles Chart [3] US Alternative Songs [4] US Dance/Club Play Songs [5]
1987 "Sloppy Heart" - - - Non-album release 4AD
1988 "Dream Kitchen" 57 - - Sue Virgin Records
1989 "Typical!" 53 - -
"Sloppy Heart" 73 - -
1990 "Cloud 8" 52 17 14 Ray
"Nothing" 51 - 28
1991 "Walking on Air" 60 - -
1996 "Driving" - - - Wide Awake Pure Records
"Wide Awake" - - - Seedy Singles
"-" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Demos[edit]

Year Album
1998 Monkey Spunk

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frazier Chorus - Sue". Cherry Red Records. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Frazier Chorus". 4AD. Archived from the original on 16 November 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company: Frazier Chorus". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Frazier Chorus: Billboard Chart History - Alternative Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Frazier Chorus: Billboard Chart History - Dance/Club Play Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 19 January 2011.