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.
Early and personal life
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 the autumn of 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 hit in the United Kingdom, "Undressed," Mishra has yet to have another charting song. In 2005, White Town contributed the song "The PNAC Cabal" to the charity album, Voyces United for UNHCR.
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?_|
|2015||The Barren Seas
|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.