Tom Hingley onstage in 2003
|Birth name||Thomas William Hingley|
|Born||9 July 1965|
Abingdon, Berkshire, England
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, banjo|
|Associated acts||Tom Hingley Band |
Too Much Texas
Hingley was born in Abingdon, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) and grew up in nearby Frilford. He is the seventh child of the Russian scholar Ronald Hingley, translator of Chekhov for Oxford University Press. He attended Larkmead School before moving to Manchester in 1984 to study English at Manchester Polytechnic.
After six successful years, Inspiral Carpets took a break 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.
Inspiral Carpets reformed with Hingley in 2003 to promote their Greatest Hits and toured the UK in 2003, 2005, 2008
Hingley parted company with Inspiral Carpets in February 2011, the band returned to performing and writing with their original pre 1989 singer Stephen Holt who remains their frontman to date
In 2001, Hingley formed the band The Lovers with Steve and Paul Hanley (both former members of The Fall), Jason Brown, and Kelly Wood. The Lovers' first album, Abba Are The Enemy, was released in 2004. In 2002–03, he joined a reformed Inspiral Carpets for two sell-out UK tours and again in 2006/2007.
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 published a memoir 'Carpet Burns' Route Publishing (2012) detailing his experiences in live music
Hingley contributed to the academic book Music, Memory and Memoir: Robert Edgar: Bloomsbury Academic (2019)
Hingley continues to perform live, and is also concentrating on writing more books and articles
He is currently playing solo shows around the UK as well as playing brand new material with new outfit, the Tom Hingley Band.
He has a range of beers that he sells at his gigs. "Tom Hingley's Stout" is brewed with Monty's Brewery in Montgomeryshire
Tom Hingley's memoir Carpet Burns, My life with Inspiral Carpets charts his time with the band from 1989 to 2011.
- Keep Britain Untidy (2000)
- Soulfire (2001)
- Happiness EP (2002)
- Thames Valley Delta Blues (2009)
- Sand (2013)
- Paper (2013)
- Hymns for the hungry (2020)
With Tom Hingley Band
With Tom Hingley and The Lovers
- Work, Rest & Play (EP) (1997)
- "Yeah" (single) (2003)
- Abba Are The Enemy (album) (2004)
- Highlights (album) 2008
With Inspiral Carpets
- Studio albums
- Compilation albums
- The Singles (1995)
- Radio 1 Sessions (1996)
- Greatest Hits (2003)
- Cool As (2003)
- Keep the Circle (2007)
- 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, August||"Find Out Why"||90||–|
|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
- Fixed Link (Flexi disk) (1986)
- Hurry on Down (1988) on Ugly Man
- Juvenilia (2006)
- Oliver Klein featuring Tom Hingley: Shakedown/Shakedub (EP) (2002)
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- Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 803
- Ffrench, Andrew (26 August 2012). "Former frontman has an Inspiral story to tell". Oxford Mail.
- 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
- Harrison, Flicky (2009) "Tom Hingley at The Vic, Victoria Road, Old Town, Swindon on 30 April", Thisiswiltshire.co.uk, 20 April 2009; retrieved 1 November 2010
- Express & Star (20 February 2008). "Inspiral Carpets fly high again". Retrieved 1 November 2010.
- "Tom Hingley Band". Tom Hingley (blog). Retrieved 17 March 2015.
- Hingley, Tom (2012). Carpet Burns: My Life with Inspiral Carpets. Route Publishing. ISBN 978-1901927542. Retrieved 17 March 2015.