The High

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The High
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1989-1993, 2015-
Labels London
Associated acts The Stone Roses
Buzzcocks F.O.C.
Inspiral Carpets
Members Andy Couzens
John Matthews
Tony Meehan
Jack Couzens
Richard Thomas
Past members Andy Couzens
John Matthews
Simon Davies
Chris Goodwin

The High were an English rock group from Manchester, who were generally regarded as part of the Madchester scene.


The band was formed in 1989 by former Turning Blue singer John Matthews, along with former Buzzcocks F.O.C. members Andy Couzens (guitar, also formerly of The Stone Roses and pre-Roses bands The Patrol and Waterfront), Simon Davies (bass), and drummer Chris Goodwin (also formerly of Inspiral Carpets), when Steve Diggle left Buzzcocks F.O.C. to reform the Buzzcocks.[1][2]

They were signed by London Records and had three minor UK Singles Chart hits in 1990 before breaking into the top 30 in 1991 with a revamped version of their debut single, the Martin Hannett-produced "Box Set Go".[1][3] The band's debut album, Somewhere Soon, peaked at number 59 in the UK Album Chart.

With the Madchester scene losing favour with the critics, the band's later releases failed to chart, the band splitting up in 1993.[1] John Matthews and Chris Goodwin went on to form the Manchester group 'One Summer' with local musicians Stephen Fitzpatrick (guitar) and Carl Wolstenholme (bass). One Summer worked with Factory Records group A Certain Ratio and recorded a demo for the label before it went into administration.

The High have recently appeared on Jon Savages compilation, Perfect Motion - Jon Savage's Secret History Of Second-Wave Psychedelia 1988-93

The High reformed in early 2015, with John Matthews and Andy Couzens the only original members; they are joined by Tony Meehan (bass), Jack Couzens (drums), and Richard Thomas on keyboards.

The new line-up headlined at the "Gigantic" Festival in Manchester at the Academy 2 on 23 May 2015, and are planning further dates.


Chart placings are from the UK singles and album charts.[1]


  • "Box Set Go" (1990) London (#76)
  • "Up and Down" (1990) London (#53)
  • "Take Your Time" (1990) London (#56)
  • "Box Set Go" (1991) London (#28)
  • "More..." (1991) London (#67)
  • "Better Left Untold" (1992) London
  • "Sweet Liberty" (1993) London


  • Somewhere Soon (1990) London (#59)
  • Hype (1992) London


  1. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C. (1999) "The Great Alternative & Indie Discography", Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
  2. ^ "The High Biography", kolumn
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned "Somewhere Soon Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation

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