Poloroid

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Poloroid
Birth name Danielle Rowe
Origin Essex, London
Genres Trip hop, ambient, electronic
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active c.1998–2001 (as a trio), 2001–2004 (as a solo artist)
Labels Telstar, Decode
Associated acts No Silence

Poloroid is a former stage name of Essex-born singer-songwriter Danielle "Dan" Rowe, best known for her 2003 single "So Damn Beautiful". Originally referring to a trio, the name "Poloroid" was adopted by Rowe for her solo material in 2001, following the death of her bandmate Jon Horrocks. Her song "So Damn Beautiful" was featured on compilation albums, such as Global Underground 012: Bueno Aires, and was also used in the soundtrack to an episode of American drama Nip/Tuck. After her record label, Telstar Records, was dissolved in 2004, Rowe retired the "Poloroid" moniker and formed a new band named No Silence.

History[edit]

Poloroid were originally a trio consisting of Danielle Rowe, Lee Milleare and Jon Horrocks. After Horrocks committed suicide in May 2001, Rowe continued to use the Poloroid moniker as a solo artist. Her song "So Damn Beautiful", which she had co-written with both Milleare and Horrocks,[1] was first brought to the attention of nightclubs after British disc jockey Dave Seaman included it on the mix album Global Underground 012: Bueno Aires in 1999. Because of this attention for the song, Rowe was invited to perform a live set for BBC Radio 1 in Ibiza.[2] As well as interest from the clubs, the track was also used in the UK as part of soundtracks to various victories of the England national football team, such as their 5-1 defeat of Germany in 2001 and their 1-0 victory over Argentina in 2002.[2]

"So Damn Beautiful" was officially released by Telstar Records in the UK on 29 September 2003, in a radically remixed form by trance DJs Dogzilla. The song was playlisted on BBC Radio 1's C list[4] and received airplay, where Australian singer Holly Valance expressed a like for the song on The Chris Moyles Show.[5] "So Damn Beautiful" peaked at number 28 on the UK Singles Chart[6] and was Poloroid's biggest chart hit.[7] It was also used in the episode "Nanette Babcock" of the American drama Nip/Tuck[8] and was included on the soundtrack album Nip / Tuck: Original TV Soundtrack. On reviewing the album, UK-based website musicOMH described the track as "lovely" and called it "a truly haunting song".[3]

Telstar Records was declared bankrupt in 2004,[9] three days before the release of Poloroid's debut album. As a result of this, Rowe decided to retire the name Poloroid and chose instead to form a new band named No Silence, with whom she currently performs.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart peak positions
UK
[7]
UK dance
2003 "So Damn Beautiful" 28 1[10]

Other appearances[edit]

The following songs have been officially released, but do not feature on an album by Poloroid.

Year Song Album Notes
2002 "Count on You" Hed Kandi: Winter Chill 06.02 Compilation album
2004 "Safety" Hed Kandi: Winter Chill 06.03 Compilation album

References[edit]

  1. ^ "So Damn Beautiful". allmusic. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Foley, Jack (2003). "A snapshot of the beautiful Poloroid story". London: indieLONDON. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Murphy, John (August 2004). "Nip/Tuck – Original Soundtrack (Nettwerk)". musicOMH. Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "R1, R2, Capital playlist additions and growers". Music Week. London: United Business Media (06.09.03). 4 September 2003. ISSN 0265-1548. OCLC 60620772. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Presenter: Chris Moyles (1 October 2003). "The Chris Moyles Show, 01/10/2003". The Chris Moyles Show. London. 118 minutes in. BBC. BBC Radio 1. 
  6. ^ "Chart Stats – Poloroid". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Chart Stats – Poloroid – So Damn Beautiful". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Music supervisor: P.J. Bloom (5 August 2003). "Nanette Babcock". Nip/Tuck. Season 1. Episode 3. Fox Entertainment Group. FX. 
  9. ^ "Mis-Teeq". London: BBC. Retrieved 22 October 2010. ... the band's record label Telstar Records went bankrupt ... 
  10. ^ "Top 40 Dance Singles & Albums". London: BBC Radio 1. 5 October 2003. Archived from the original on 8 October 2003. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 

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