Spitfire (UK band)

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Origin Crawley, West Sussex, England
Genres Rock
Years active 1991 (1991)–1997 (1997)
Labels Paperhouse, Lowlife, Eve Recordings
Associated acts The Auteurs, Modern English, Society
Past members Nick Pitcher
Jeff Pitcher
Steve White
Justin Welch
Steven Walker
Matt Jordan
Scott Kenny
Steve Burgan
Lawrence Shaft

Spitfire are a British band from Crawley, West Sussex, England whose ever-changing line up revolved around brothers Nick and Jeff Pitcher. Other members included Steve White, Justin Welch, Steven Walker (who went on to play in the Auteurs and Modern English), Matt Jordan, and Scott Kenny.

Two early EPs on Eve Recordings saw the band linked to the shoegazing scene, and to the Scene That Celebrates Itself, although a cover of "The Six Million Dollar Man" theme staked out their retro appeal.[citation needed]

Around this time, the band were involved in several controversial incidents; including the handing out of backstage passes for groupies, and a string of apparently sexist proclamations to the music press of the time. The band later insisted that these incidents were merely ironic, and intended to poke fun at rock stars' posturing. Their debut album, Feverish, was released on Paperhouse Records in 1993.

'Feverish' is a 6-track compilation of the first two EVE Recordings EP's 'Translucent' & 'Superbaby', which was licensed to and released by the French label Danceteria in 1992.

Spitfire were hailed as influential by many New wave of new wave bands, and regularly gigged with S*M*A*S*H and These Animal Men between 1994 and 1996. The Pitcher brothers were resident DJs at Brighton club The Basement, which with Camden's Good Mixer pub and Blow Up club was at the core of the pre-Britpop scene.[citation needed]

In 1994 a 3 track e.p 'Big Banger'[1] was released on the Lowlife label. The line up now included the Pitcher brothers, Steve Burgan on guitar and Lawrence Shaft on drums. UK tours followed and a live session featured on BBC Radio 1's Mark Radcliffe show.

A second album Electric Colour Climax, followed on Lowlife Records in 1996. The band again courted controversy, with a sleeve featuring a retro pornographic image, found at London's Toe Rag Studies where the band had recorded the album on vintage recording equipment in five days.

The band drifted apart around 1999, with the Pitcher brothers forming Cheetah. Wise and Kenny had, meanwhile, started a new band called Society who continue to write and perform material to the present day.

Nick Pitcher is now in a band called Rex Speedway and The Fortune Tellers, based in Brighton.


  1. ^ "Spitfire (3) - Big Banger". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-09-07.

External links[edit]

SPITFIRE BANDCAMP PAGE (All Eve Recordings EPs available to purchase here)

SPITFIRE 'WILD SUNSHINE' VIDEO (From Eve Recordings YouTube Channel)