30 July 1966 |
|Origin||Derby, England, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Alternative rock, alternative dance, electronica, trip hop|
White Town is a British musical act and is a solo project of Jyoti Prakash Mishra. His song "Your Woman" reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in January 1997. It also peaked at number one in Spain, as well as number two in Australia, number four in Canada, Denmark and Finland and number 23 in the United States. With no significant follow-up successes to "Your Woman", White Town became a one-hit wonder; Mishra commented that such a status is "better than being a no-hit wonder".
Early and personal life
White Town was formed by Mishra in 1989 after he saw the Pixies play. Initially there were other members on guitar, bass and drums playing support gigs for various bands including Primal Scream. In 1990 he released his first self-financed record, White Town EP, on 7" vinyl. This featured Nick Glyn-Davies on drums and Sean Deegan on bass with Mishra on guitar and vocals. Glyn-Davies left and was replaced live by a drum machine and Leon Wilson on guitar. The rest of the band drifted away in Autumn 1990 and from then on Mishra mainly worked on his own, using other musicians to record with, including Gary Thatcher of the Derby band The Beekeepers on guitar.
After a troubled working relationship with EMI, Mishra was dropped from the label in 1997. Since then, he has gone back to working with indie labels such as Parasol Records. Except for the minor UK hit "Undressed," Mishra has yet to have another charting song.
A New Surprise EP was released in September 2006 by the Swedish indie label Heavenly Pop Hits, and was followed up by the album Don't Mention the War, which launched Mishra's own Bzangy Records label.
Your Woman was the beaten finalist in the December 2014 'One Hit Wonder World Cup' feature on the Steve Lamacq show on BBC radio station BBC Radio 6 Music. The winner was Jilted John by Jilted John.
A 7" White Town single titled "I Wanna Be Your Ex" with b-side "Rainy Day" was released by Golly Jane Records in November, 2014.
|1994||Socialism, Sexism & Sexuality
|1997||Women in Technology||83||84||4|
|2000||Peek & Poke
|2006||Don't Mention The War
|1996||>Abort, Retry, Fail?_|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1990||"Darley Abbey"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album singles|
|1991||"All She Said"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997||"Your Woman"||1||2||4||5||24||5||21||5||10||23||Women in Technology|
|1998||"Another Lover"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Peek & Poke|
|2006||"A New Surprise"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Don't Mention the War|
|2010||"Cut Out My Heart"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Monopole|
|2014||"I Wanna Be Your Ex"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album singles|
|2015||"I'm Giving Up"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"How I Love You"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 599. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- McAlpine, Fraser. "10 Greatest British One-Hit Wonders". BBC America. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- Mishra, Jyoti. "Your Questions Answered". White Town. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- Bulut, Selim (8 February 2017). "Remembering one of the UK's unlikeliest number one singles". Dazed. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
- Twitter, "Official Tweet by BBCLamacqshow", 19 December 2014.