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OriginLiverpool, England
GenresAlternative rock
Years activeEarly 1990s–late 1990s
Associated actsNoel Gallagher
Past membersPeter Deary
Jason Riley
Paul Cavanagh
Stephen Deary
Barry Sutton

Smaller were an English alternative rock band from Liverpool, active during the 1990s. They had hits with "Wasted" and "Is" in 1996 and 1997.


The band was formed in the early 1990s by former Cook da Books guitarist/singer Peter "Digsy" Deary, his brother Stephen (drums), Jason Riley (guitar/vocals), and Paul Cavanagh (bass guitar).[1] The band's debut release was the single "God I Hate This Town" in 1995.[2] They recorded a session for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show in November that year.[3] A second single failed to chart, but they broke into the UK top 75 with "Wasted" in September 1996.[4] Their next single, "Is", which featured Noel Gallagher on guitar, gave them their biggest hit, reaching number 55 in the UK in March 1997.[5] The band's debut album, Badly Badly, was released in April 1997, featuring further contributions from Gallagher. A second album was recorded, featuring a guest appearance from Richard Hawley, but it remained unreleased, various members of the band left and where replaced by friends of the Smallers - Lee Watson on guitar and Chris Mullin on bass joined 1999, drummers Bren Moore & Chris Campbell came along later and the transition from Smaller to The Sums happened in 2005.

The band's lyrical themes included relationships, financial problems, and Digsy's experiences with drugs.[1]

Digsy went on to front The Sums.[6]



  • Badly Badly (1997) No. 86


  • "God I Hate This Town" (1995) No. 141
  • "Stray Dogs and Bin Bags" (1996) No. 160
  • "Wasted" (1996) No. 72
  • "Is" (1997) No. 55


  1. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie & New Wave, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0231-3, p. 391
  2. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, 1-84195-335-0, p. 978
  3. ^ "07/11/1995 - Smaller", Keeping It Peel, BBC, retrieved 2011-02-24
  4. ^ "Smaller", Chart Stats, retrieved 2011-02-20
  5. ^ "Smaller Featuring Noel Gallagher", Chart Stats, retrieved 2011-02-20
  6. ^ "Northern Empire, Carling Academy, tonight", Liverpool Echo, 4 October 2008, retrieved 2011-02-20

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