Tom Hingley

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Tom Hingley
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Tom Hingley onstage in 2003
Background information
Birth name Thomas William Hingley
Born (1965-07-09) 9 July 1965 (age 51)
Abingdon, Berkshire, England
Genres Indie
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, Banjo
Years active 1985–present
Labels Ugly Man
Associated acts Tom Hingley Band
The Lovers
Inspiral Carpets
Too Much Texas

Thomas "Tom" William Hingley[1] (born 9 July 1965) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known as the frontman of Inspiral Carpets.[2]


Hingley was born in Abingdon, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) and moved to Oldham in 1984 to study English at Manchester Polytechnic.[3][4] He formed a band called Too Much Texas,[2] and got a job collecting glasses at The Haçienda nightclub in Manchester. He joined Inspiral Carpets as lead vocalist in 1989 (future Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher also auditioned, but was not chosen).[2][4] After six successful years, Inspiral Carpets split in 1995 and Hingley started performing as a solo artist, releasing Keep Britain Untidy (2000) and Soulfire (2002), released on his own label Newmemorabilia Records. In 2001 Hingley formed the band The Lovers with Steve Hanley and Paul Hanley, both former members of The Fall, and Jason Brown and Kelly Wood. The Lovers' first album, Abba Are The Enemy, was released in 2004. In 2002/2003 Hingley joined a reformed Inspiral Carpets for two sell-out UK tours and again in 2006/2007.[5] His second album with the Lovers, Highlights, was released in March 2008. In August 2009 Hingley played the Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool. In 2009 Hingley released a new solo acoustic record on Newmemorabilia Records called Thames Valley Delta Blues, a kind of follow up to the earlier, much-acclaimed Keep Britain Untidy.

Hingley's late father was the Russian academic Ronald Hingley, translator of Chekhov for Oxford University Press.

Hingley continues to perform live, and teaches part-time at Salford University, while studying for a PhD in music performance.[6] He is currently playing solo shows around the UK as well as playing brand new material with new band Tom Hingley Band.[7]


Tom Hingley's memoir Carpet Burns, My life with Inspiral Carpets charts his time with the band from 1989–2011.[8]


Solo albums[edit]

With Tom Hingley Band[edit]

With Tom Hingley and The Lovers[edit]

With Inspiral Carpets[edit]

Studio albums
Compilation albums
  • 21.07.90 Live at Manchester G-Mex VHS (1990)
  • The Singles VHS (1995)
  • Live at Brixton Academy DVD (2004)
  • The Peel Sessions (1989)
  • Cool As Fuck (1990)
  • Island Head (1990)
  • The Peel Sessions 1990 (1992)


Release Date Title UK Single Chart Album
1989, May "Joe"
1989, August "Find Out Why" 90
1989, November "Move" 49 Life
1990, March "This Is How It Feels" 14 Life
1990, June "Commercial Reign" (U.S. release) Life
1990, June "She Comes in the Fall" 27 Life
1991, March "Caravan" 30 The Beast Inside
1991, June "Please Be Cruel" 50 The Beast Inside
1992, February "Dragging Me Down" 12 Revenge of the Goldfish
1992, May "Two Worlds Collide" 32 Revenge of the Goldfish
1992, September "Generations" 28 Revenge of the Goldfish
1992, November "Bitches Brew" 36 Revenge of the Goldfish
1993, May "How It Should Be" 49
1994, January "Saturn 5" 20 Devil Hopping
1994, February "I Want You" 18 Devil Hopping
1994, April "Uniform" 51 Devil Hopping
1995, September "Joe" 37 The Singles
2003, July "Come Back Tomorrow" 43 Cool As

With Too Much Texas[edit]

  • Fixed Link (Flexi disk) (1986)
  • Hurry on Down (1988) on Ugly Man
  • Juvenilia (2006)


  • Oliver Klein featuring Tom Hingley: Shakedown/Shakedub (EP) (2002)
  • Tom has a range of beers that he sells at his gigs. "Tom Hingley's Stout" is brewed with Northamptonshire's Hart Family Brewers.


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  2. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 803
  3. ^ Frame, Pete (1999) Pete Frame's Rockin' Around Britain: Rock'n'roll Landmarks of the UK and Ireland, Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-0-7119-6973-5, p. 127
  4. ^ a b Harrison, Flicky (2009) "Tom Hingley at The Vic, Victoria Road, Old Town, Swindon on 30 April",, 20 April 2009, retrieved 1 November 2010
  5. ^ Express & Star (20 February 2008). "Inspiral Carpets fly high again". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  6. ^ Lavigueur, Nick (2010) "Fresh: Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley to play Huddersfield", Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 22 October 2010, retrieved 1 November 2010
  7. ^ "Tom Hingley Band". Tom Hingley (blog). Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Hingley, Tom (2012). Carpet Burns: My Life with Inspiral Carpets. Route Publishing. ISBN 978-1901927542. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 

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