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 Alternative rock, Britpop
Years active 1996–1999, 2014–present
Labels Creation, Tapete
Website Facebook
Members Gareth Farmer
Alex Lowe
Will Pepper
Paul Quinn
Past members Andy Bell

Hurricane #1 are an English 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. After releasing two albums, Hurricane #1 (1997) and Only the Strongest Will Survive (1999), the band broke-up. Bell went to join Gay Dad and then eventually Oasis, while Lowe ventured into a solo career. Fronted by Lowe, the band reformed in 2014 and are set to release their third album, Find What You Love and Let It Kill You, in November 2015.


Formation, Hurricane No. 1 and Only the Strongest Will Survive (1996–99)[edit]

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]

Post-break up, reformation and Find What You Love and Let It Kill You (1999–present)[edit]

In 1999, Bell parted ways with Hurricane No. 1, joining Gay Dad on guitar.[3] 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.[4] The line-up, fronted by Lowe,[4] featured Teenage Fanclub drummer Paul Quinn.[3] The band's third album, Find What You Love and Let It Kill You, is set for release on 26 November 2015 through German-based label Tapete.[5] Bell features "Think of the Sunshine".[6] Lowe wrote the album while he was undergoing treatment for cancer in hospital.[6] Lowe explained that "When you are wired up to chemo and radio therapy, the last thing you want to do is wallow in it and feel sorry for yourself so I had the idea that the album should be happy and not too dark."[6]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Hurricane #1 22
Only the Strongest Will Survive
  • Released: 11 July 1999
  • Label: Creation (CRE 237)
  • Format: CD, DL, LP, MD
Find What You Love and Let It Kill You
  • Released: 26 November 2015
  • Label: Tapete (TR 328)
  • Format: CD, DL, LP

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums
Title Album details
Step into My World
  • Released: 20 September 2004
  • Label: Sanctuary (SMEDD123)
  • Format: CD, DL

Singles and extended plays[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions 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 1998, p. 40
  2. ^ a b c d Roberts 2006, p. 264
  3. ^ a b Renshaw, David (21 November 2014). "As Andy Bell reforms Ride, his other band Hurricane 1 return without him". NME. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Marotta, Michael (19 November 2014). "Step Into My Reunions: Apparently Hurricane 1 are getting back together, but without Andy Bell". Vanyaland. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Millar, Mark (20 September 2015). "HURRICANE 1 – Preview tracks from forthcoming album ‘Find What You Love And Let It Kill You’ – listen". xsnoize. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Helman, Peter (22 September 2015). "Hurricane 1 Announce First New Album In 16 Years". Stereogum. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  • Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  • Molanphy, Chris (Jan 1998). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Monthly (53). ISSN 1074-6978. 

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