Steve Smith (house music vocalist)

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Steve Smith
Smith in January 2008
Background information
GenresHouse, electronica, alternative rock, new wave, power pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, composer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, percussion
Years active1992–present
Associated actsDirty Vegas, Higher Ground, Squeeze
WebsiteSteve Smith Music

Steve Smith is a British musician best known as the vocalist for the house music group Dirty Vegas and as the percussionist for the new wave band Squeeze.

Musical career[edit]

Higher Ground[edit]

In 1992, Smith joined a band called Higher Ground, as a percussionist. Shortly after, band's lead singer left, and Smith became the lead vocalist.[1] The group disbanded in the late 1990s.

Dirty Vegas[edit]

After Higher Ground disbanded, Smith met Paul Harris, a European club DJ, at a Swiss party. They formed a dance group called Dirty Vegas,[2] and shortly thereafter recruited Ben Harris, who had worked at a Camden recording studio.[3] One of the group's early songs, "Days Go By", caught the attention of a Mitsubishi executive, who tracked the group down personally to procure rights to use the song in a car advert.[3] The song subsequently became a Top 40 hit in the UK[4] and the US.[5] The group subsequently released their self-titled debut album, which reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200[6] and was certified Gold by the RIAA less than two months after its release.[7][8] Dirty Vegas went on tour to promote the album, and served as an opening act for artists including Groove Armada, Moby, and Underworld.[1]

In 2004, the band released their second album, "One;" the album was panned by critics,[9] and was a commercial disappointment, failing to enter the Billboard 200[6] or the UK Albums chart.[10] The album contained one hit single: "Walk Into the Sun," which reached number 1 on the US Dance Club Songs and the US Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts.[11]

Dirty Vegas went on hiatus, during which time Smith worked on a solo record. The group re-joined in 2011, and released their third album, "Electric Love", in April of that year.[12] A single from the album, "Little White Doves", was certified Gold in Italy.[1] Ben Harris left the group, and Dirty Vegas returned as a duo in 2015, releasing their fourth studio album, "Photograph".[13]


In 2006, Smith began recording his first solo album, "This Town", which was released on January 22, 2008.[14]

Smith performed at a gala for Prince William at Kensington Palace in November 2016. He also composed the score for the film "Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down".[15]

In February 2017, Smith released an EP titled "Union".[16] The EP included a single called "My Favorite Shoes". Regarding the song, Smith stated that the song "is a simple feel-good story about two people who have become slightly lost in their world of jobs, modern living, kids etc. One is saying to the other, let's forget about those things that we feel tie us down."[16]


In July 2017, the new wave band Squeeze announced that Smith had joined their official lineup as their new percussionist and backing vocalist.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Smith lives in Boston.[1]


With Dirty Vegas[13]


  • "This Town" (2007)
  • "Modern World" (2013)
  • "Union" EP (2017)[16]


  1. ^ a b c d "Steve Smith Bio". Steve Smith Music. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  2. ^ Paoletta, Michael. "Billboard June 1, 2002 (page 44)". Google Books. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b Moss, Corey. "Days Go By, and Still You Can't Get Dirty Vegas Out of Your Head". MTV. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Dirty Vegas UK Singles history". Official Charts. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Dirty Vegas Hot 100 chart history". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Dirty Vegas Billboard 200 chart history". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Dirty Vegas certifications". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  8. ^ Bush, John. ""Dirty Vegas" album review". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Reviews for 'One' by Dirty Vegas". MetaCritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  10. ^ "UK Albums chart history". Official Charts. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Dirty Vegas chart search". Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  12. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Electric Love overview". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Dirty Vegas Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  14. ^ Lankford, Ronnie. "Steve Smith This Town (album review)". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Ask the DJ: Steve Smith (Dirty Vegas) – Top 10 Tracks For Lovers, When The Lights Go Out". FMS Magazine. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  16. ^ a b c "Hear the premiere of the new single 'My Favourite Shoes'". Steve Smith. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  17. ^ "SQUEEZE ANNOUNCE NEW LINE-UP « SQUEEZE". Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Steve Smith (2) Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 7 March 2017.

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