Hurricane No. 1

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The correct title of this article is Hurricane #1. The substitution or omission of the # is because of technical restrictions.
Hurricane #1
Origin Oxford, England
Genres Rock, Britpop
Years active 1996–1999, 2014–
Labels Creation
Associated acts Ride
Past members Andy Bell
Gareth Farmer
Alex Lowe
Will Pepper

Hurricane #1 were a British indie rock band, formed in Oxford in 1996. The band were formed by former Ride guitarist Andy Bell, along with vocalist / guitarist Alex Lowe, bassist Will Pepper and drummer Gareth Farmer.


Wishing to perform the later-day sound of his former band Ride, vocalist/guitarist Andy Bell formed Hurricane No. 1.[1] Signed to Creation Records (along with fellow bands such as Oasis, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream) they released their debut album in 1997, entitled Hurricane #1. This included their first single, "Step into My World", which reached number 29 in the UK Singles Chart (and a Paul Oakenfold remix of which reached number 19 in 1997),[2] and other less successful singles "Just Another Illusion" and "Chain Reaction".

In 1999, follow-up album Only the Strongest Will Survive spawned the band's other highest charting single, also called "Only the Strongest Will Survive". The song reached number 19 in 1998.[2]

Bell quit the band in 1999 to become the new guitar player for Gay Dad. Shortly after joining Gay Dad, Bell split from the band to become the bass player for Oasis. In 2004, a double disc compilation of their songs was released, entitled Step into My World.

Former Hurricane No. 1 vocalist / guitarist, Lowe has pursued a solo career, and has released three albums to date. In 2007, Lowe announced a new project called Garage Flowers, and a single, "Where To Begin", was released via iTunes.

In November 2014, it was announced that Hurricane No. 1 had reunited without Bell, fronted by Lowe.[3]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title UK Chart Peak[2]
1997 Hurricane #1 11
1999 Only the Strongest Will Survive
  • Label: Creation, Epic
  • Released: 11 July 1999

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles and extended plays[edit]

Year Title UK Chart Peak[2] Album
1997 Step into My World EP 29 Hurricane #1
"Just Another Illusion" 35
"Chain Reaction" 30
"Step into My World" (re-release) 19
"Monday Afternoon"
1998 "Only the Strongest Will Survive" 19 Only the Strongest Will Survive
"Rising Sign" 47
1999 "The Greatest High" 43
"Remote Control"


  1. ^ Molanphy, Chris (Jan 1998). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Monthly (53): 40. ISSN 1074-6978. 
  2. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 264. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^

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