Spearmint (band)

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OriginLondon, England
GenresIndie pop, post-Britpop
Years active1995–present
MembersShirley Lee
Simon Calnan
James Parsons
Ronan Larvor
Andy Lewis
Past membersMartin Talbot
Dickon Edwards

Spearmint are a London-based indie pop band, founded in 1995 by Shirley Lee. The group has received coverage in the NME,[1] Time Out, Melody Maker and Uncut magazines.[2]

The original lineup included founder Shirley Lee (guitar and lead vocals), Simon Calnan "keyboard and backing vocals), Ronan Larvor (drums), and Martin Talbot (bass guitar). When Talbot left he was replaced with James Parsons, who was later replaced by Andy Lewis.[citation needed] Forming their own record label (which they named hitBack), the group released their earliest songs as vinyl white labels.

The band were referenced in the film (500) Days of Summer wherein Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character states “It pains me we live in a world where nobody's heard of Spearmint.”[3]


  • Songs for the Colour Yellow (1998) (Compilation)
  • A Week Away (1999)
  • Oklahoma (2000)
  • A Different Lifetime (2001)
  • My Missing Days (2003)
  • A Leopard and Other Stories (2004) (Compilation)
  • The Boy and the Girl That Got Away (2005)
  • Paris in a Bottle (2006)
  • News from Nowhere (2014)
  • It's Time To Vanish (2016)


  1. ^ "Spearmint : Sweeping the nation - NME". NME.
  2. ^ "Spearmint... A Leopard..." www.spearmint.net.
  3. ^ "(500) Days of Summer, ICA Gig, Germany here we come!". Shirley Lee. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2014-05-16.

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