Salad (band)

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Salad
Origin London, England
Genres Britpop
Years active 1992–1998, 2017–present
Labels Island
Associated acts Cowboy Racer, Spy51
Website Facebook
Members Marijne van der Vlugt
Paul Kennedy
Pete Brown
Charley Stone
Donald Ross Skinner
Past members Rob Wakeman

Salad are a UK-based alternative rock group formed in London in 1992, that included Dutch vocalist/keyboardist Marijne van der Vlugt, bassist Pete Brown, drummer Rob Wakeman (ex-Colenso Parade), and guitarist Paul Kennedy.[1] In 1996, Charley Stone (later of Gay Dad) joined the band as a live guitarist, keyboard player and backing vocalist.

Biography[edit]

Van der Vlugt had previously worked as a model, and as a video jockey for MTV Europe.[1] The band started performing as The Merry Babes but changed to Salad in 1992, when Pete Brown was recruited on bass. Their first two releases, the Kent EP and "Diminished Clothes", were released on their own Waldorf label, gaining them significant music press coverage and leading to a deal with Island Records, initially on the 'indie' sub-label Island Red.[1] Early singles reached the top 75 of the UK Singles Chart, with "Motorbike to Heaven" just missing out on a top 40 placing. First album, Drink Me (1995), reached No. 16 of the UK Albums Chart. The next three singles were all minor chart hits, but second album Ice Cream (1997) failed to match the success of the first. The band were dropped by Island Records and ultimately disbanded in 1998.

Van der Vlugt later formed Cowboy Racer, whose song "Yellow Horse" featured on the US television show, Grey's Anatomy. Pete Brown and Rob Wakeman established the popular entertainment site, BoreMe, which Pete Brown now runs on his own. Charley Stone has gone on to play in a number of bands including The Fallen Women and The Abba Stripes. Rob Wakeman released a few Tech House and Techno singles between 1999 and 2002, including Legs With Wings on City Rockers (2002). Wakeman, together with Jo Addison, formed the band Lapwing in 1999, appearing on various compilation albums from record labels including Mind Horizon Recordings and Dishy.

In 2016 Van der Vlugt and Kennedy began performing Salad songs acoustically as "Salad Undressed".[2] They also performed their first radio session in 19 years at Phoenix FM in Brentwood.[3] The duo, now joined by long time collaborator Donald Ross Skinner released an album entitled Good Love Bad Love in March 2018 [4] - their first as Salad Undressed.

In 2017 the band announced that they would be playing two dates as a full electric band (with original bassist Pete Brown, guitarist Charley Stone and drummer Donald Ross Skinner joining van der Vlugt and Kennedy) in London before releasing a new album as a full band in 2018.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Drink Me – 1995, UK No. 16
  • Ice Cream – 1997 UK No. 127[6]
  • The Lost Album Volume 1 – 2018
  • Good Love Bad Love – 2018 (as "Salad Undressed")

Singles[edit]

  • "Kent EP" - June 1993
  • "Diminished Clothes" - November 1993
  • "On a Leash" - April 1994 UK No. 85
  • "Your Ma" - July 1994 UK No. 82
  • "Drink The Elixir" - February 1995 UK No. 66
  • "Motorbike to Heaven" – May 1995 UK No. 42
  • "Granite Statue" – August 1995 UK No. 50
  • "I Want You" – October 1996 UK No. 60
  • "Cardboy King" – May 1997 UK No. 65
  • "Yeah Yeah" – August 1997 UK No. 84[6]
  • "Being Human" – July 2017 (as "Salad Undressed")

Compilations[edit]

  • Singles Bar – May 1995 – The first three singles

Other works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p.952-953
  2. ^ "Salad Undressed". Retrieved 2 February 2017.[non-primary source needed]
  3. ^ "Marijne and Paul from Salad live at Phoenix FM". Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Good Love Bad Love". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  5. ^ Undressed, Salad [@SaladUndressed] (27 February 2017). "Ahum.....Attention everyone....Salad will be reforming as a full electric line up for this mega cool show on Oct 7th....as you were..." (Tweet). Retrieved 1 March 2017 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 480. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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