Richard Hawley

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Richard Hawley
Richard Hawley on stage, 2013.JPG
Richard Hawley performing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in 2013
Background information
Birth name Richard Willis Hawley
Born (1967-01-17) 17 January 1967 (age 48)
Origin Sheffield, England
Genres Alternative rock, indie pop, chamber pop, country, rockabilly, crooner, easy listening[1]
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, organ, lyre, drums, percussion
Years active 1989–present
Labels Parlophone
Associated acts Treebound Story, Longpigs, Pulp, The Feral Cats, Arctic Monkeys

Richard Willis Hawley[2] (born 17 January 1967 in Sheffield) is an English guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer. After his first band Treebound Story (formed while he was still at school) broke up, Hawley found success as a member of Britpop band Longpigs in the 1990s. After that group broke up in 2000, he later joined the band Pulp, led by his friend Jarvis Cocker, for a short time. As a solo musician, Hawley has released seven studio albums.

Solo career[edit]

Impressed by a home demo of his songs, both Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey (a former classmate from Hucklow Middle School) urged Hawley to record his first eponymous mini-album, released in April 2001. Richard Hawley featured seven songs, but was re-released in an extended version with five bonus tracks, by Setanta Records in 2007.

In 2001, Late Night Final, named after the cry of vendors selling the Sheffield Star evening newspaper on the streets of the city,[3] was released to positive reviews from the press, if unspectacular sales. Two years later Hawley released Lowedges, named after a suburb of the city that the young Hawley had seen on the destination board of a bus. The NME called Lowedges the "first great album of 2003"[4] and it topped an end-of-the-year poll held by Virgin Radio. Critical praise was widespread, leading to Coldplay, Radiohead and R.E.M. to enthuse about Hawley's work.

After the demise of Setanta Records in 2004, Hawley signed to Mute Records, a division of EMI. Legal wrangling delayed Coles Corner, Hawley's fourth release, until September 2005. Again, Hawley mined the theme of his home city, this time referencing the location where courting lovers meet. Coles Corner eventually gained a nomination for the Mercury Prize in 2006. Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, whose debut album won the prize, exclaimed "Someone call 999, Richard Hawley's been robbed!"[5]

Hawley's 2007 album Lady's Bridge (again named with a Sheffield reference,[6] after a bridge in the centre of the city) was released in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2007. He performed a 16-date tour during September 2007 to promote the album. Merchandising on the tour included T-shirts and posters, but also special edition bottles of Sheffield-made Henderson's Relish. The bottles featured the album's artwork, and a note that it gave extra flavour to meat, fish, soups, pies, casseroles and vegetables. Hawley previously used the relish to promote Coles Corner.

On 14 January 2008, Hawley was nominated for his first solo Brit Award for Best British Male Performer.[7] Hawley was a headlining act at the 2008 Festival Internacional de Benicàssim in Spain. Hawley produced, with Colin Elliot, and contributed two songs to the album Made in Sheffield, a compilation of songs by the Sheffield-based songwriters for Tony Christie.

Truelove's Gutter, Richard's sixth studio album, was released on Mute Records on 21 September 2009. The album won the Mojo record of the year.[8]

His song "Don't Get Hung Up in Your Soul" was chosen as the Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week for 17 November 2009.[9] and "Open Up Your Door" featured as the soundtrack song to the Häagen-Dazs ice cream TV commercial in the UK.

Hawley's track "Tonight The Streets Are Ours" was chosen as the title track for the Oscar nominated 2010 Banksy film Exit Through the Gift Shop which premièred at the Sundance Film Festival on 24 January 2010.[10]

"You And I" by Richard Hawley and The Death Ramps (aka Arctic Monkeys), was released as the B-side of the Arctic Monkeys' single "Black Treacle" on 23 January 2012.

"Standing at the Sky's Edge", the seventh Hawley album, was released in the UK on 7 May 2012 on Parlophone. The first single, "Leave Your Body Behind You" was available for download and formed part of the Singles Club releases Hawley intended for the coming months. In September 2012, Standing at the Sky's Edge was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Awards.[11] Hawley also featured in a BBC6 Music live broadcast with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, which took place at the Magna Science Park, Rotherham.

Session work[edit]

Hawley has also worked with several musicians, including Hank Marvin, A Girl Called Eddy, and Jarvis Cocker (and his Relaxed Muscle project). He played the guitar solo on All Saints' cover version of "Under the Bridge,".

In 2002, Hawley produced the debut single "So Young" by Sheffield band Hoggboy, co-produced the band's two albums Or 8? and Seven Miles Of Love, co-wrote second album track "Hello",[12] and also played on a cover version of Little Walter's "Come Back Baby",[13] which was released as a B-side to the single "Believe".[14] Hawley also produced material by lead singer Tom Hogg's next band The Hosts.[15]

Praise from R.E.M.'s Mike Mills led to him being approached to support the group on several concert dates in 2005. After contributing to Nancy Sinatra's 2004 self-titled album, Hawley supported her on a European tour in 2005 and duetted with her on several of the tours concerts.

Hawley provided vocals for "Bad Woman", a B-side to Arctic Monkeys' single "Teddy Picker", released on 3 December 2007. He also co-wrote and provided vocals and guitar to the song "The Fix" on Elbow's Mercury Prize-winning 2008 album The Seldom Seen Kid. Hawley also performed the song with the band at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2008, on The Culture Show in June 2008, at Elbow's homecoming gigs in Manchester in 2008, Wembley Arena in March 2009, Blackpool's Empress Ballroom in March 2009 and at the MEN Arena in September 2009. He reprised his collaboration with Elbow on 17 January 2009 for a special recording of The Seldom Seen Kid with the BBC Concert Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, which was subsequently released as a special edition CD and DVD set titled The Seldom Seen Kid Live at Abbey Road in March 2009. He appeared with Elbow on 19 March 2011 while the band were in Sheffield to perform "The Fix" as a bonus song on their UK Arena Tour.

Hawley's song "Baby, You're My Light" was included on the CD soundtrack for the 2008 film Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.[16] Hawley himself made an appearance in the 2007 film Flick.[17]

The song "Roll River Roll" from the Lady's Bridge album was used as the theme tune to the TV show Getting On.

Hawley occasionally gigs with The Feral Cats, a side project that enables him to explore his interest in rockabilly music.

In October 2009, Hawley was joined on stage by Lisa Marie Presley in London for an encore, she sang vocals on a song the pair have been working on called 'Weary'.[18] Hawley wanted to help Presley relaunch her music career, and the two embarked on a song writing partnership in which Presley wrote the lyrics and Hawley the music. In an interview Presley said that she was currently recording a new album in London.[19] Lisa Marie Presley's album, Storm & Grace, was released in 2012. The track "Weary" featured Hawley.[20]

Hawley worked again with Arctic Monkeys in January 2012, providing vocals for the "Black Treacle"'s B-side, "You And I", which was released on 23 January that year.

Hawley provided vocals for the title track of Manic Street Preachers album, Rewind The Film, released in September 2013.


Studio albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Coming Home" (16 July 2001)
  • "Baby, You're My Light" (4 February 2002) (UK #81)
  • "Run for Me" (12 May 2003) (UK #186)
  • "The Ocean" (22 August 2005) (UK #102)
  • "Coles Corner" (31 October 2005) (UK #146)
  • "Just Like the Rain" (23 January 2006) (UK #94)
  • "Born Under a Bad Sign" (20 March 2006) (UK #81)
  • "Coles Corner" (re-issue) (12 June 2006) (UK #136)
  • "Hotel Room" (4 September 2006) (UK #64)
  • "Tonight the Streets Are Ours" (6 August 2007) (UK #40)
  • "Serious" (15 October 2007) (UK #83)
  • "Valentine" (28 January 2008) (UK #134)
  • Lady's Bridge EP (26 May 2008)
  • "For Your Lover, Give Some Time" (10 August 2009)
  • "Open Up Your Door" (30 November 2009)
  • False Lights from the Land EP featuring Smoke Fairies (7 June 2010)
  • "Leave Your Body Behind You" (2 April 2012)[21]

Treebound Story singles[edit]

  • "My Life's Example" (1988) (Fon Records)
  • "Swimming in the Heart of Jane" (1989) (Native Records 12NTV 40)
  • "Take It" (1989) (Native Records 12NTV 43)


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  10. ^ ""Exit Through The Gift Shop": It’s a madhouse, this modern life. – IFC". 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
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  12. ^ Alex McCann. "Hoggboy - Interview @ Designer Magazine". Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  13. ^ "News". 2003-10-08. Archived from the original on 2003-12-27. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  14. ^ "Hoggboy - Believe (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  15. ^ "Richard’s Collaborators — Richard Hawley". Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  16. ^ "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist soundtrack (2008)". Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  17. ^ "Flick (2008)". Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
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  19. ^ Jamieson, Alastair (15 October 2009). "Elvis Presley's grandson Benjamin Presley Keough pictured outside London nightclub". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  20. ^ "Exclusive: Lisa Marie Presley Returns to Her Roots for New Album". Rolling Stone Magazine. 2012-03-15. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "UK Chartlog: H". Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
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