White Town

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White Town
OriginDerby, England, United Kingdom
GenresAlternative rock, alternative dance, electronica, trip hop
Years active1989–present
LabelsSatya
Parasol
Chrysalis/EMI
Elefant
Bzangy
Websitewhitetown.co.uk
MembersJyoti Mishra

White Town is the solo project of Indian-born British musician Jyoti Mishra.[1]

Jyoti Mishra[edit]

Jyoti Prakash Mishra was born in Rourkela, India, on 30 July 1966, but emigrated to the United Kingdom with his family at age three.

Mishra became straight edge at the age of sixteen and is a radical Marxist. He has been outspoken about his beliefs.[2]

History[edit]

White Town was formed by Mishra in 1989, after he saw the Pixies play. Initially, there were other members on guitar, bass and drums playing support gigs for various bands, including Primal Scream.

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.[1] 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.[3] Mishra considers such a status to be "better than being a no-hit wonder".[2] 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.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Information Chart positions
UK US US Heatseekers
1994 Socialism, Sexism & Sexuality
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Bzangy / Parasol
1997 Women in Technology 83 84 4
2000 Peek & Poke
  • Released: 23 May 2000
  • Label: Bzangy Groink
2006 Don't Mention The War
  • Released: 23 October 2006
  • Label: Bzangy
2011 Monopole
  • Released: 13 October 2011
  • Label: Bzangy
2019 Deemab
  • Released: 1 January 2019
  • Label: Bzangy

Extended plays[edit]

Year Information
1990 White Town
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Satya
1991 Alain Delon
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Parasol
1992 Bewitched
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Parasol
Fairweather Friend
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Elefant
1996 >Abort, Retry, Fail?_
2015 The Barren Seas
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Bzangy Records

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
UK
[1]
AUS CAN FRA GER IRE NL NZ SWE US
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
"Undressed" 57
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"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 599. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ a b Bulut, Selim (8 February 2017). "Remembering one of the UK's unlikeliest number one singles". Dazed. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  3. ^ McAlpine, Fraser. "10 Greatest British One-Hit Wonders". BBC America. Retrieved 8 December 2016.

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