Spare Snare

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Spare Snare
OriginDundee, Scotland
GenresNo-fi, Lo-fi
Years active1991–present
LabelsChute Records
Associated actsWhite Leather Club
The Sandflowers
Better Backwards
The Hate Foundation
Muppet Mule
Let's Evolve
Condition Blue
Man Without Machines
Devotional Ensemble
A Super Sound Single
The Grand Gestures
Bob Flambé & The Atoms of Desire
Calamity Horse
September 70
The Alien Cormorant
  • Jan Burnett
  • Alan Cormack
  • Barry Gibson
  • Adam Lockhart
  • Graeme Ogston
Past membersPaul Esposito
Ross Mathieson
Ross Thompson
Graham Anderson

Spare Snare is a lo-fi band from Dundee, Scotland.

Founded in the early 1990s, the band have released 13 albums to date, released on their own Chute Records, or licensed to another label. They have also recorded four John Peel Sessions. In the 1995 John Peel Festive 50,[1] the band were number 32 with "Bugs".

Spare Snare have been cited as an influence[2] on acts such as Snow Patrol and the Fence Collective.

Spare Snare were also voted as the 46th best Scottish band of all time.[3]

In 2008 they had the bizarre privilege to cover Amazing Grace for BBC Radio Two’s Aled Jones Sunday show. Spare Snare are the only band to have recorded sessions for both John Peel and Aled Jones.

Spare Snare released their 10th album, Victor, in June 2010, which was voted the 19th Best Scottish Album of 2010.[4]

The band made two rare live appearances at the Fence Collective Homegame festival in Anstruther and Tigerfest in Dunfermline in 2010.

Two live sessions were performed for the Marc Riley BBC 6Music radio show on 16 July 2009 and 25 September 2018.

Spare Snare released their 11th album, Our Jazz, in April 2013, which was voted the 7th Best Scottish Album of 2013.[5]

In February 2018, Spare Snare recorded their 13th album, Sounds Recorded by Steve Albini with producer Steve Albini. As well as the recording, Spare Snare and Albini presented a one day Engineers' Workshop at Chem19 Studios in Blantyre, Scotland.[6]


  • Jan Burnett – vocals, guitar, electronics, melodica
  • Alan Cormack – bass, guitar, drums, synths
  • Barry Gibson – drums, bass, guitar
  • Graeme Ogston – guitar, bass, ukulele
  • Adam Lockhart – guitar, synths, bass, voice



  • Live at Home - released 1995 on Chute
  • Disco Dancing - released 1995 on 100 Guitar Mania, licensed from Chute
  • Westfield Lane - released 1996 on Wabana, licensed from Chute
  • Animals and Me Released 1998 on Chute
  • Love Your Early Stuff - released 1999 on Che, licensed from Chute
  • Charm - released 2001 on Chute
  • Learn to Play - released 2004 on Chute
  • Garden Leave - released September 2006 on Chute
  • I Love You, I Hate You - released June 2009 on Chute
  • Victor - released June 2010 on Chute
  • Our Jazz - released April 2013 on Chute
  • Unicorn - released August 2017 on Chute
  • Sounds Recorded by Steve Albini - released July 2018 on Chute

Singles and non-album songs[edit]

This table shows all songs released as singles, and other songs that do not appear on Spare Snare studio albums.

Song title B-side Label Year Release info
"Super Slinky" "As a Matter of Fact" Chute 1992/1993 UK 7" with hand painted numbered sleeve. Original pressing of 110 had blue back print. Second pressing of 100 had red back print. Some copies included a 'Chute no wave' badge.
"Super Slinky" "As a Matter of Fact" Prospective 1993 US 7" with hand numbered sleeve. Slightly different mix of "As a Matter of Fact" compared to the UK 7".
"Thorns (One)" "Shine on Now" Prospective 1994 US 7" with two colour sleeve. The first recording of "Thorns", before the UK single.
"Thorns" "Skateboard Punk Rocker" Chute 1994 UK 7" with hand painted numbered sleeve. Pressed as an edition of 617 in three different coloured sleeves.
"I Got You" "If JFA Were Still Together" (Majesty Crush) Che 1995 UK 7" split with Majesty Crush released on numbered coloured (green / clear) vinyl. "I Got You" is a cover of the Split Enz song.
"Bruising You" n/a Fierce Panda 1995 Appears on Mortal Wombat, a UK 7" double pack compilation, featuring various artists, including Super Furry Animals and Baby Bird, among others.
"Smile, It's Sugar" (Spare Snare) "French Campus" (Sone) Anti-Social 1995 US 7" split with Sone release with hand coloured umbrella, various colours and variations were available.
"Wired for Sound" n/a Deceptive 1995 UK one sided 7" featuring a cover version of the Cliff Richard song. "MERRY XMAS MR WEBB" is etched on side two. Available in a rubber stamped Christmas envelope as part of a series of Christmas singles on the Deceptive label. Around 200 copies were signed by Spare Snare and sent to their mailing list.
"Wired for Sound" "Bugs" Prospective 1996 US 7" featuring live tracks recorded at Radio K, Minneapolis in 1994. "Wired for Sound" is not the Cliff Richard cover version, but a Spare Snare song originally featured on the 1995 album Live at Home.
"Smile, It's Sugar" "Indiekidsuck" / "Hanging Around" Deceptive 1996 UK cassette single with 30 minutes of blank tape, allowing the owner to send it back and get 30 minutes of "live stuff, chat and noise" recorded onto the tape.[citation needed] Single also available on 7" and CD.
"Smile, It's Sugar" "Indiekidsuck" / "Hanging Around" / "Boom Boom Boom" Deceptive 1996 UK 4 track CD, also available on 7" and cassette.
"Haircut" (Spare Snare) "Aye Aye Captain" (Lazer Boy) Chute 1996 UK 7" split with Lazer Boy, with hand painted rubber stamped sleeve.
"Boom Boom Boom (One)" (Spare Snare) "Away from the City" 100 Guitar Mania 1996 Japanese 7" in blue vinyl and numbered.
"Bruising You" "What You've Done" Third Gear 1998 US 7" available on clear or black vinyl. Features a different version of "Bruising You" to that on the Mortal Wombat 7".
"Hard of Hearing" "Lesbians in Waistcoats" Lissy's 1998 UK 7" release.
"Everybody Knows That" "Say My Name" Chute 2001 UK 7" featuring covers of The Humblebums and Destiny's Child.
"Calling in the Favours" "Launch" Bad Jazz 2001 UK 7" on white vinyl.
"Sort It for Afterwards" "In the City" Chute 2006 UK 7" on purple vinyl. 525 copies pressed.
"Riding (Bracken Mix)" (Spare Snare) "Lost" (And His Voice Became) Bracken 2006 UK 7" two-tone (blue and white) numbered coloured vinyl split single with And His Voice Became. Both songs exclusive to this release. Hand-made artwork on 90% re-cycled paper, 300 copies pressed.


  1. ^ "1995 Festive 50". Retrieved 18 April 2007.
  2. ^ "cited as an influence". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2007.
  3. ^ "The 50 Best Scottish Bands of All Time". Archived from the original on 18 January 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2007.
  4. ^ "Jockrock's top 30 albums of 2010". 20 December 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Jockrock's Albums of the year 2013". 21 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Spare Snare & Steve Albini Engineers' Workshop". 22 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.

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