|Origin||Derby, England, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Alternative rock, alternative dance, electronica, trip hop|
White Town is the solo project of Indian-born British musician Jyoti Mishra.
In 1990, the project released its first self-financed record, White Town EP, on 7" vinyl. This featured Nick Glyn-Davies on drums and Sean Deegan on bass with Mishra on guitar and vocals. Glyn-Davies left, and was replaced live by a drum machine and Leon Wilson on guitar. The rest of the band drifted away in the autumn of 1990, and from then on, Mishra mainly worked on his own, occasionally collaborating with other musicians, including Gary Thatcher of the Derby band The Beekeepers on guitar.
The project's song "Your Woman" reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in January 1997. It also peaked at number one in Spain, as well as number two in Australia, number four in Canada, Denmark and Finland and number #23 in the United States.
After a troubled working relationship with EMI, Mishra was dropped from the label in 1997. Since then, he has gone back to working with indie labels such as Parasol Records. Except for the minor hit in the United Kingdom, "Undressed," Mishra has yet to have another charting song, and White Town became a one-hit wonder. Mishra considers such a status to be "better than being a no-hit wonder". In 2006, White Town contributed the song "The PNAC Cabal" to the charity album Voyces United for UNHCR.
A New Surprise EP was released in September 2006 by the Swedish indie label Heavenly Pop Hits, and was followed up by the album Don't Mention the War, which launched Mishra's own Bzangy Records label.
A 7" White Town single titled "I Wanna Be Your Ex" with B-side "Rainy Day" was released by Golly Jane Records in November 2014.
|1994||Socialism, Sexism & Sexuality
|1997||Women in Technology||83||84||4|
|2000||Peek & Poke
|2006||Don't Mention The War
|1996||>Abort, Retry, Fail?_|
|2015||The Barren Seas
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1990||"Darley Abbey"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non album singles|
|1991||"All She Said"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997||"Your Woman"||1||2||4||5||24||5||21||5||10||23||Women in Technology|
|1998||"Another Lover"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Peek & Poke|
|2006||"A New Surprise"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Don't Mention the War|
|2010||"Cut Out My Heart"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Monopole|
|2014||"I Wanna Be Your Ex"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non album singles|
|2015||"I'm Giving Up"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"How I Love You"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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- Bulut, Selim (8 February 2017). "Remembering one of the UK's unlikeliest number one singles". Dazed. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- McAlpine, Fraser. "10 Greatest British One-Hit Wonders". BBC America. Retrieved 8 December 2016.