Republica at Guilfest 2012
|Origin||Windsor, Berkshire, England|
|Genres||Alternative rock, alternative dance, synthpop, dance-punk, breakbeat, electronica|
|Years active||1994–2001, 2008–present|
|Labels||Deconstruction, Sony BMG, Independent Records|
|Associated acts||Flowered Up|
|Past members||Pete Riley
Republica are an English alternative rock band formed in 1994. The height of their popularity spanned from 1996 to 1999. The current line-up consists of Samantha Sprackling aka Saffron (vocals), Tim Dorney (keyboards), Johnny Male (guitar), Conor Lawrence (drums).
Former Flowered Up keyboard player Tim Dorney and Andy Todd founded Republica. The Nigerian-born Saffron was an actress at one point, performing for two years in London's Starlight Express. She also appeared in the video for the Chesney Hawkes' hit "The One and Only" and in the video for N-Joi's single "Mindflux". She was also lead vocalist on N-Joi's hit "Anthem" in 1990.
Republica released the first single "Out of This World" in 1994, followed by the single "Bloke" in January 1995.
Their debut album Republica was released in July 1996 and reached No. 4 in the charts. Their signature single "Ready to Go" with two different music videos peaked at No. 13 in UK Singles Chart. The fourth single "Drop Dead Gorgeous" ranked No. 7 in UK Singles Chart.
The group attracted positive press coverage. Emerging after a wave of female-fronted rock bands (such as Elastica, Lush, Sleeper, Echobelly and Kenickie), they had, like Garbage, a notably more aggressive and electronic sound.
The second album, Speed Ballads, was released in 1998 and reached No. 37 in UK Albums Chart. Its lead single, "From Rush Hour With Love", peaked at No. 20 in UK Singles Chart.
The band suffered when their label, Deconstruction Records, folded shortly after the release of Speed Ballads. Deconstruction's back catalogue was swallowed up by BMG and Speed Ballads was never released in the United States. In 2001 the band went on hiatus. On their official site it was posted the message "Republica are not recording at this time". In 2002 BMG released the compilation Ready to Go: The Best Of against the band's wishes.
After the band went on hiatus, Saffron worked with The Cure, appearing on the single "Just Say Yes" from their Greatest Hits album. She also collaborated with Junkie XL for his 2003 album Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin.
In early 2010, pictures appeared on the band's official Facebook page showing the band rehearsing in a studio. In the same year Republica performed a string of gigs. They also issued a remixed version of "Ready to Go" entitled "Ready to Go 2010". In June 2010 the remix was released and reached No. 1 on the Upfront Club chart. The track has been produced by Andy Gray and Alan Moulder.
The band released a new EP, Christiana Obey, and also recorded a session for Brentwood radio station Phoenix FM in April 2013. A joint 20th anniversary tour with the band Space took place in the spring of 2014.
During October and early November of 2014, Republica toured the UK in support of the Boomtown Rats "Ratlife" tour and took the opportunity to premiere some new material.
Friday 29 May 2015 saw the public debut of more new material when Republica performed at the "Under The Bridge" venue in Chelsea, London, with support from Tenek and Kenelis.
- Saffron (Samantha Sprackling, born 3 June 1968, Ibadan, Nigeria) – vocals (1994–2001, 2008–present)
- Tim Dorney (born 30 March 1965, Ascot, Berkshire) – keyboards (1994–2001, 2008–present)
- Johnny Male (born 10 October 1963, Windsor, Berkshire) – guitar (formerly of One Little Indian Records's Soul Family Sensation and Sensation) (1994–2001, 2008–present)
- Conor Lawrence – drums (2012–present)
- Pete Riley – drums (1998–2001)
- Andy Todd – keyboards (1994–1997)
- David Barbarossa – drums (formerly of Bow Wow Wow, and Adam and the Ants) (1994–1997)
- Alix Tiernan – percussion
- Mick Pirie – bass guitar (early days)
Side projects and collaborations
- Saffron performed vocals for The Prodigy's "Fuel My Fire" from their 1997 album The Fat of the Land.
- Saffron wrote and performed vocals for DeepSky's "Smile" from their 2002 album In Silico.
- Saffron recorded the songs "Crusher", "Spirits", and "Beauty Never Fades" on Junkie XL's 2003 album Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin.
- In 2001 Saffron worked with The Cure on the single "Just Say Yes" for their Greatest Hits. She also featured in "Just Say Yes" video.
- Dorney briefly reunited with fellow former Flowered Up band member Liam Maher, but they split up in late 2002. Flowered Up tried to re-form in 2007 but Dorney refused, causing the cancellation of a planned reunion tour. He worked as a painter and decorator, and on Contra Mundum with Male releases in 2008 on the White Label.
- Male co-wrote tracks for Lipslide, the 1997 solo album by Sarah Cracknell of Saint Etienne. He has also featured in cult band Go Kart Mozart.
- Todd continued as a songwriter, and co-wrote "Reach" by S Club 7, and has also worked with Kylie Minogue. He now operates between his recording studios in London and the Caribbean.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Ready to Go: The Best Of||May 2002||Camden|
|Live At The Astoria||March 2013||Independent Label|
|Christiana Obey||March 2013||Independent Label|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1994||"Out Of This World"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|1996||"Ready To Go"||43||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997||"Ready To Go"||13||40||33||26||25||42||40||34||56|
|"Drop Dead Gorgeous"||7||131||90||—||—||30||—||—||93|
|1998||"From Rush Hour With Love"||20||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Speed Ballads|
|2007||"Ready To Go" (with Tomcraft)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||For The Queen (Tomcraft album)|
|2010||"Ready to Go 2010"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
- "Ready to Go" (UK version)
- "Ready to Go" (US version)
- "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
- "From Rush Hour With Love" (version 1)
- "From Rush Hour With Love" (version 2)
- "Try Everything"
- "Christiana Obey"
- Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 812. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
- Band on hiatus
- 2013 Creative Sessions: Republica
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- "Speed Ballads Album". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
- UK singles chart peaks:
- Top 75 peaks and 'compressed' (with exclusions) 76–100 peak (#81) for 'Bloke': "Official Charts – Republica". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
- Top 200 peaks including 'uncompressed' (no exclusions) 76–200 peak (#85) for 'Bloke': "Chart Log UK 1994–2010 > The Rabble Army – RZA". Dipl.-Bibl.(FH) Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
- "Australian Charts". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
- Australian (ARIA) chart peak for 'Drop Dead Gorgeous': "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2015-07-15". imgur.com. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts – German Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
- "The Irish Charts". IRMA 2006 – 2008. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
- "dutchcharts.nl – Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
- "charts.org.nz – New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
- "Swedish Charts – Swedish charts portal". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
- "Hitparade.ch: Republica (singles)" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-11-15.
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