The definitive line up of Nigel Clark, Andy Miller and Mathew Priest is back………
The first time round, Dodgy were only together for seven years but in that time they sold over a million records worldwide, released three albums and 12 Top 40 singles, including 3 Top 10s and the Top 5 hit Good Enough, still a staple of the Radio 2 playlist; sold out the Brixton Academy for three nights in a row and were awarded an unprecedented 90-minute Saturday evening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 1997 just before Radiohead. Not bad, considering that they also partied harder than an Ewok.
The English trio began their climb to fame in 1992, releasing three singles on their own Bostin Records label, later signing to A&M Records, around the same time as they inked a publishing deal after they made two A&R men battle for their signatures in a pub video football competition. The partnership with A&M generated three albums of life affirming, beautifully crafted songs – The Dodgy Album (1993), Homegrown (1994) and Free Peace Sweet (1996).
Live performance was always integral to the Dodgy experience. When the band first formed they started the infamous Dodgy Club to ensure that the audience got more than just a band on stage. A dedicated touring band – in one 12-month period between 94/95 they played almost 250 shows – Dodgy built a devoted and loyal fan base. Their positivity and summery songs made Dodgy the perfect festival band, and it was such a natural habitat for the trio that in 1996 they conceived their very own Big Top Tour, giving a fledgling Muse their second ever gig when the tour rolled into Exeter. I’m told the boys are happy to have the favour repaid.
In a bittersweet twist of fate, it was the dying wish of the band’s close friend and crewmember, Andy Moore that brought them back together in 2008 and they all agreed that life was too short and anyway, they had forgotten why they split up in the first place.
Since they got back together they played an extremely successful set of reunion shows culminating in an overwhelming finale at the Shepherds Bush Empire, and like prodigal sons, they have been welcomed back to the festival circuit, including legendary appearances at Guilfest, The Wickerman, Summer Sundae, Cornbury a secret gig at The Truck Festival, a headline show at Beached in front of thousands on the beach in Scarborough and they headlined BUGJAM, Whatfest and The Purple Weekend in Northern Spain, and to cap it all they were asked back to play Glastonbury once again their second home in the 90’s, where an exuberant Will Young was spotted ‘dancing like he was on something’ at the side of the stage. Bless.
Besides the hits, such as Staying Out For The Summer, So Let Me Go Far, Making The Most Of, If You’re Thinkin Of Me, Melodies Haunt You, In A Room, and the epic Grassman – (I mean, I could go on) the boys have started introducing new numbers into the set, slowly and surely building up enough songs for new album which they are recording in Malvern and getting mixed in Denton, Texas by Matt Pence who mixed the John Grant and Midlake albums, amongst others
As singer Nigel says, “What’s the rush? We’re gonna take our time to make sure this album is better than our last one… and that was brilliant. The fans deserve it, they’ve waited long enough, so they don’t mind waiting a bit longer”
As anyone who has seen them so far this year will tell you, the Mighty Dodgy Vibe is back and stronger than ever.
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Rhythmically exciting local music outfit, Rumjig, have just launched a campaign to involve music-lovers in the funding of their independently produced and much anticipated debut album. The campaign is called “What would you do, if you knew you couldn’t fail?”, which evokes all the positive things we all can achieve with no barriers or limits in place. In Rumjig’s case, the answer would be to produce a timeless album to uplift and ignite people’s lust for life.
With soulful vibes and good conscience lyrics, Rumjig have been causing waves around Liverpool and beyond over the last year, playing numerous gigs and festivals around the UK to much acclaim.
They are looking to raise £5,000 by Christmas Eve in order to independently fund the recording, mixing, production and mastering of their album. Fans can get involved by pre-ordering the album, knowing that they’re contributing directly to a lovingly crafted masterpiece without a record label taking an unfair cut.
As the album is limited edition, it will only be available to those music lovers who have helped fund its creation. This once in a lifetime opportunity will make this album as much yours as it is theirs.
Funders also have the opportunity to get their hands on Rumjig merchandise exclusively through this campaign.
Now this we cannot wait for, awesome art in an awesome setting… who could ask for more 🙂
Bio I am a recent Fine Art graduate of Lancaster University from the Wirral. I am interested in writing about anything there is to write about, such as travel and art as well as writing short stories, and have recently published my first novel ‘The Lovesong of a Downtrodden Bohemian,' available on kindle and iPad.
Join Terry this Friday 19th October for the opening of his exhibition, as part of the Long Night celebrations. Unit 8, The Collonades, Albert Dock until 9pm.
“Deliverance is a poem I wrote, days after the Independent Panel released their evidential findings. I have printed the poem onto an old scroll, and made a Liverbird as the message carrier.
‘McRings’ invites the viewer to explore the interactions between publicly and privately funded events such as the Olympics, and asks them to examine the eventual economic returns and consequences, and who they favour.
Constructed from cooked and dehydrated french fries, and resin bonded into 5 hoops measuring 4 feet across in total, the golden ‘olympic rings’ sit atop a suitably scaled ‘french fry’ holder.”
The ‘Cerys by Candlelight’ Tour will roll into town and snuggle down in the Telford’s Warehouse for a festive feast of music , poetry , and the purely unexpected that makes each and every Cerys Matthews live show a unique experience.
It’s a long way from her late 90s huge Catatonia hits and media bits that were essential to the zeitgeist of the times. Her talents have since emerged in her widely successful solo albums , ranging from ‘Cock A Hoop’, recorded in Nashville in 2003, through to 2009’s ‘Don’t Look Down’ and the more recent ‘Explorer’ (2011) which did what it said on the tin – taking the listener around the world in the same way that Cerys’ hugely popular BBC 6Music radio programme has made its reputation as a must- listen for any real music lover on a Sunday morning.
We must mention the beautiful Welsh language album ‘TIR’ (2010) , it is beautiful in its renditions of classic folk songs dear to Miss Matthews, complete with a booklet filled with the detailed background to the songs. It’s made it the best-selling Welsh language album of the 2000s, most of those sales arising outside of the homeland.
Cerys loves seeking out the magic not just in music, but in the written word. Following on from her first children’s book ‘Tales From The Deep’, published in 2011, she re-states her love of ‘the word’ in her debut book for Penguin about the history of children’s song (riddled with pages of singalong guides) which will see the light Easter 2013, before she embarks on a number of projects around her all-time favourite , Dylan Thomas.
In the meantime , we have a new album ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ (2012), featuring 15 winter faves , sung with great gusto and humour , two qualities that no doubt Cerys will be looking for when she visits your local theatre. Be warned, you will all have little option but to sing along !