|Origin||Windsor, Berkshire, England|
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 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 March 1995. In April 1996, their single "Ready to Go" became their first to chart on the UK Singles Chart, when it reached Number 43. Their debut album Republica was released in July 1996 and reached No. 4 in the UK Albums Chart after being re-issued in 1997. The band added Johnny Male, formally of early 1990s One Little Indian act Soul Family Sensation,[nb 1] as an official member on guitar, with "Ready to Go" remixed as more a rock-sounding dance track. This version became their signature single and reached No. 13. The fourth single, "Drop Dead Gorgeous", reached No. 7.
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 Curve and Garbage, a notably more aggressive and electronic sound.
In 1997, they contributed a cover of "Are 'Friends' Electric?" to the Gary Numan tribute album Random. That same year, Saffron performed vocals for the Prodigy's "Fuel My Fire" from their album The Fat of the Land.
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, Republica 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 September 2008, Republica reunited at Windsor at a Contra Mundum concert. They played "Ready to Go", "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and a cover of "You Got the Love".
In early 2010, 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. In October 2010, the band performed a comeback gig at O2 Academy Islington followed by several dates in Eastern Europe and the Middle East in 2011. They performed at GuilFest in July 2012.
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. In October and early November 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. A deluxe edition of Republica was released on 28 February 2020 on Cherry Red Records.
- Saffron (Samantha Sprackling, born 3 June 1968, Ibadan, Nigeria) – vocals, tambourine (1994–2001, 2008–present)
- Tim Dorney (born 30 March 1965, Ascot, Berkshire) – keyboards, programming, piano (1994–2001, 2008–present)
- Johnny Male (born 10 October 1963, Windsor, Berkshire) – guitar, backing vocals (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, acoustic guitar, backing vocals (1994–1997)
- David Barbarossa – drums (formerly of Bow Wow Wow, and Adam and the Ants) (1994–1997)
- Alix Tiernan – percussion (1994–1995)
- Mick Pirie – bass guitar (1994–1995)
- Timm Hamm – bass guitar (2013–2015) later a member of Future Eyes, Steelheart, Geronimo 7, Imposchine, and Wirerims
- Nigel Champion – drums (2008–2012)
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" (original mix)||43||40||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997||"Ready to Go" (remix)||13||—||33||26||25||42||40||34||56|
|"Drop Dead Gorgeous"||7||131||90||—||—||30||—||—||93|
|1998||"From Rush Hour with Love"||20||220||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Speed Ballads|
|2007||"Ready to Go" (with Tomcraft)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||For the Queen (Tomcraft album)|
|2010||"Ready to Go 2010"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
- "Bloke", 1996
- "Ready to Go" (original mix), 1996
- "Ready to Go" (Ben Grosse mix), 1997
- "Drop Dead Gorgeous", 1997
- "From Rush Hour with Love" (version 1), 1998
- "From Rush Hour with Love" (version 2), 1998
- "Try Everything", 1998
- "Christiana Obey", 2013
- Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 812. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
- "Republica announced for Jack Up The Summer". Isle of Wight County Press.
- "Bish Bash: Republica are Ready To Go for Saturday night". Bishop's Stortford Independent.
- "ACMers get 'Ready To Go' for Live Performance with Saffron". ACM. 3 April 2017.
- ""Ready to Go" see Republica? Britpop group will bring the 90s back to Dubai". Al Bawaba.
- "SOUL FAMILY SENSATION | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts.
- UK chart peaks:
- Top 100 peaks: "Official Charts > Republica". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 June 2019. N.B. This site contains 'compressed' chart (exclusion rules applied) peaks for positions 76–100.
- Top 200 peaks from November 1994 to December 2010: "Chart Log UK 1994–2010 > The Rabble Army – RZA". Dipl.-Bibl.(FH) Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved 28 August 2015. N.B. This site contains uncompressed chart peaks (no exclusions applied) between November 1994 and May 2001.
- "Bish Bash: Republica are Ready to Go for Saturday night". 30 April 2019.
- "JHELISA". JazzMusicArchives.com.
- "Soul Family Sensation – the Day You Went Away". 30 April 2015.
- Sensation – Burger Habit 1993 One Little Indian catalogue number TPLP45CD
- "REPUBLICA | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts.
- "R E P U B L I C A". 17 November 2001. Archived from the original on 17 November 2001.
- "Windsorfringe.co.uk". Archived from the original on 6 December 2013.
- Wilkinson, Matt (26 April 2010). "Republica to reform for gigs and 'Ready To Go' reissue". NME.
- "2013 Creative Sessions: Republica". 14 April 2013.
- Australian (ARIA) peaks:
- Top 50 peaks: "australian-charts.com > Republica in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
- Top 100 peaks to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 233.
- "Drop Dead Gorgeous": "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 15 July 2015". Imgur.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
- "Bloke" and "From Rush Hour with Love": "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 12 July 2016". Imgur.com. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
- "austriancharts.at > Republica in der Österreichischen Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
- German chart peaks:
- Republica: "Republica – Republica (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
- "Ready to Go": "Republica – Ready to Go (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
- "Drop Dead Gorgeous": "Republica – Drop Dead Gorgeous (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
- "dutchcharts.nl > Republica in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
- "charts.nz > Republica in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
- "hitparade.ch > Republica in der Schweizer Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
- "Republica Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
- "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Republica' (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 12 September 2017.
- "Swedish Charts > Republica in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
- "Republica Chart History > Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 12 June 2019.