Strange Nature

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Strange Nature was an indie rock band from the United Kingdom signed to Pete Waterman's PWL record label in the UK, Warner Music in Europe, and Warner Chappell Music for worldwide publishing. The band was popular in Europe during 1992 to 1995. Strange Nature recorded one album, World Song, and two singles, "Incantation Man" and "New Messiah". Winning "Best Album" from the Sunday Mirror and receiving airplay from all major European radio stations and MTV, all three releases charted in Europe.

In 1995, Strange Nature split amicably to enable band members to follow successful solo careers and projects, including The Lights, Dub Pistols, and Two Lone Swordsmen.

Strange Nature
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Strange Nature: Rabbetts, Mills, Andrews, Tenniswood, O'Bryan
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Indie Rock
Years active 1991–1995
Labels PWL Pete Waterman Ltd.
Warner Music Europe
Warner Chappell Music
Website https://www.youtube.com/user/JSPDRUMS

Early history[edit]

Formed in 1986 by Gordon Mills, son of 60s pop producer and music manager Gordon Mills Snr., and Imogen Andrews, niece to Julie Andrews, the band consisted of five members including Keith Tenniswood, lead guitar, Jason O'Bryan, bass guitar, and Justin Rabbetts, drums.

In 1991 Strange Nature, a coupling taken from two separate lines from a Jimi Hendrix song, recorded a series of demos at Matrix Studios London that gained the attention of East West Records, Warner Brothers, and more notably record executive and tour manager for Aerosmith, Kick Van Hengel.

Hengel's music management company Tantamount Artist Management signed the band in 1991 and by 1992 TAM struck a three-album, 9 single deal with Pete Waterman's PWL label via record former CBS record executive David Howells.

PWL and Warner Chappel period[edit]

In 1992, Strange Nature recorded the band's debut album, World Song. The 11-track CD was produced by Steve Brown, notable for his work with Manic Street Preachers, The Cult, and George Michael. It was recorded at Olympic Studios, Town House, and Marcus Studios, all situated in London.

Released in 1993, the album reached top 40 status in Europe and spawned two singles: "Incantation Man" and "New Messiah". A third single "Gone" was never released. Highly acclaimed by the UK and European media, World Song was named "Best Album" by the Sunday Mirror[1] and NME[2] branded the release "a stunning debut album".

Three videos were filmed for the singles by award winning music film director Mike Brady, renowned for his work with The Jam, Irish rockers Ash and Peter Andre. Filming took place at the world famous Shepperton Studios.

Between 1992 and 1994 Strange Nature toured continuously across the UK and Europe as a headline act and also supported Spin Doctors and Thunder, amongst other acts. Strange Nature also performed for the 1992 BBC Children in Need[3] charity evening.

At the end of 1994 Strange Nature and PWL mutually agreed that the band was not signed to a label suited for an indie rock group and the three-year contract was dissolved. The band's third single "Gone" remained unreleased.

After 1994[edit]

During 1994 to 1995, Strange Nature remained with Warner Chappell Music following their split with Pete Waterman's label, and they recorded a full two albums' worth of additional material. Despite a contract offer from music manager Bud Prager (Megadeth, Foreigner, Bad Company), in 1995 designed to relocate the band to New York to break the US market, Strange Nature decided to split, following decisions from the various members to move on to various solo projects.

Member info[edit]

Imogen Andrews continues as an active singer–writer and is now the lead singer with atmospheric guitar act The Lights.

Gordon Mills concentrates on writing and music production, and still plays live and in the studio as a drummer & guitarist. Mills' credits include Mohair,[4] Ricky,[5] The Somatics, The Lights,[6] The Dub Pistols, Two Lone Swordsmen, Judie Tzuke, Razorlight, Journey South, The Bluetones,[7] Mark Morriss.[8] Goron Mills has also co-written and produced the album "Falling off my Head" for a great new talent called Emma Rohan. In 2006 Mills signed a publishing deal with Relentless/Outcaste and is currently very busy writing for many artists.

Keith Tenniswood is now better known as one half of the electronic act Two Lone Swordsmen alongside Andrew Weatherall. Outside of the group he is more frequently known as Radioactive Man, and runs the Control Tower electro record label. Tenniswood has also worked with artists such as Beth Orton[9] and David Holmes on his album Let's Get Killed, The Aloof and Red Snapper.

Jason O'Bryan now produces and plays bass guitar for London based dub music and big beat band the Dub Pistols. The band continues to be a successful in both UK and abroad.

Justin Rabbetts recorded with 3 Colours Red[10] before forming Beanjuice, a grunge rock band consisting of singer / writer / actor Russ Wilson,[11] guitarist and lyricist Daz Rice[12] and bass player / producer Dave Needham (David Essex). Rabbetts also toured Europe and UK with UK rock legends The Dogs D'Amour.[13]

Discography[edit]

Title Description Catalogue Number

World Song 11 Track CD album released in 1993 NATURECD 1 4509-92970-2

World Song 11 track cassette NATUREC 1 450992970 4

Incantation Man 2 track 7" vinyl single STRANGE 1 4509 92118 7

Incantation Man 3 track CD single STRANGED 1 4509 92111 2

Incantation Man EP 4 track 10" Limited Edition Vinyl EP Webbs 1 5016919415007

Incantation Man EP 4 track CD Limited Edition EP Webbs cd1 5016919415021

New Messiah 4 track CD single STRANGECD 2 4509 93030 2

New Messiah 11 track CD from Exposed magazine NA

Trivia[edit]

Gordon Mills' sister Clair Mills is the famous Clair from the hit 1970s song "Clair" by Gilbert O'Sullivan.

Imogen Andrews is the niece of film legend and singer Julie Andrews, whose credits include The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.

Sam Brown, famous for her single "Stop!" and work with Pink Floyd, appears as backing vocals on Strange Nature's album track "Innocence".

References[edit]

  1. ^ [Sunday Mirror, 20 June 1993]
  2. ^ [NME,7 August 1993]
  3. ^ [Children in Need, 20 November 1992]
  4. ^ [End Of The Line]
  5. ^ [High Speed Silence album]
  6. ^ [Grand Union album]
  7. ^ [Luxembourg album & After Hours]
  8. ^ [Filo Bedo E.P.]
  9. ^ [Trailer Park, 1996, released on Heavenly Records]
  10. ^ [Demos for 3 Colours Red debut album Pure]
  11. ^ [Ridley Scott's 2007 movie 'Someone Else']
  12. ^ [Kiss of the Gypsy, Signed to Atlatic Records. Also worked with Barriemore Barlow (Jethro Tull), Mick Ralph's (Bad Company) , Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Sam Brown, Mary Hopkins, John Lord (Deep Purple), Tesla, Great White, Magnum, Winger, Gary Moor]
  13. ^ [UK,France & Portugal Live Tours 1995 & 1996]

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