Orlando (band)

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Origin England
Genres Romo
Years active 1995 (1995)–2000 (2000)
Labels Blanco y Negro
Past members

Orlando were an English Romo band of the 1990s.[1] They were one of seven core Romo acts featured by Melody Maker in their guide to the Romo scene[2] and were subsequently cited as being "figureheads" of the scene.[3] As well as substantial coverage in Melody Maker, the band also received press coverage from the NME,[4][5] Select[6] Smash Hits[7] and Penthouse UK[8]

The band consisted of Dickon Edwards, Tim Chipping, Neil Turner, Mike Austen and David Gray. Musically, Orlando combined the synthesized dance-pop of 1990s boybands and American swingbeat acts with verbose lyrics in the general style of Morrissey and Richey Edwards.[1]

In March 1996 the band's song "Nature's Hated" was included in Melody Maker's covermount cassette Fiddling While Romo Burns. In the summer of that year Orlando released their first single, "Just for a Second." In Autumn of that year they released the Magic EP. A new version of "Nature's Hated", the group's third single, was released in 1997, and they also contributed a cover of Tim Hardin's "How Can We Hang On to a Dream" to the soundtrack of the film Fever Pitch.[9]

In September 1997 the band released their album, Passive Soul, through the label Blanco y Negro. It made both the Melody Maker and Gay Times albums of the year list [10] The album is now hard to find and commands upwards of £30 on the collectors market.[11]

Shortly after the release of the album, Edwards left the band to form Fosca, who released three albums between 2000-2008. Chipping took over as lyricist and the new Orlando recorded a second album Sick Folk with a new folk music sound. Orlando disbanded in spring 2000 with the album still unreleased.[12] In 2002, Chipping uploaded six songs from Sick Folk to his own website.[13]