Galliano (band)

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Galliano, 1991

Galliano was a London-based acid jazz group that was active between 1988 and 1997. The group was the first signing to Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson's Acid Jazz record label. The original members were Rob Gallagher (vocals - credited as Roberto Galliano),[1] Constantine Weir (vocals), Michael Snaith (The Vibe Controller) and Crispin Robinson (percussion). Other important members included Valerie Etienne, who participated in the recording of all their albums, along with other musicians such as Mick Talbot on keyboards, Crispin Taylor on drums, Ernie McKone on bass guitar, Mark Vandergucht guitar, and Steve Ameedee, otherwise known as Uncle Big Man (dancer).[2]

The group's first single, a reworking of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead" called "Frederick Lies Still", was released in June 1988.[3] It was also the first release on the Acid Jazz label.[3]

Galliano achieved the peak of its success in 1994 with The Plot Thickens which peaked at number eight in the UK Albums Chart.[2]

Galliano provided the track used in the title sequence of Kevin Reynolds' 1997 film, One Eight Seven, starring Samuel L. Jackson. The track, "Slack Hands", appears on their 1996 album :4.

In 1997, Gallagher broke Galliano up, and pursued other musical projects; Two Banks of Four and as Earl Zinger (the reggae singer).



Compilation albums[edit]

  • What Colour Our Flag - 1994 - Talkin' Loud
  • Thicker Plot (remixes 93-94) - 1994 - Talkin' Loud
  • Live at Liquid Rooms (Tokyo) - 1997 - Talkin' Loud (Mercury Records)[4]


Year Single Peak positions Album
1988 "Frederic Lies Still" Singles only
1989 "Let the Good Times Roll" (The Quiet Boys feat. Galliano)
1990 "Welcome to the Story" In Pursuit of the 13th Note
1991 "Nothing Has Changed" 88 78
"Power and Glory"
"Jus' Reach" A Joyful Noise Unto the Creator
1992 "Skunk Funk" 41
"Prince of Peace" 47 74
"Jus' Reach Recycled" 66
1994 "Long Time Gone" 15 The Plot Thickens
"Twyford Down" 37
1996 "Ease Your Mind" 45 :4
"Roofing Tiles" 81
"—" denotes "did not chart or was not released".


  1. ^ "Rob Gallagher Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  2. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 168. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  3. ^ a b Rudland, Dean (2001). The Best of Acid Jazz (booklet). Various artists. London: Metro. METRCD050.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 221. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ "Official Charts Company: Galliano". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
  6. ^ "Galliano - Dutch Chart". Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-04-14.

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