Dogs Die in Hot Cars

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Dogs Die in Hot Cars
Origin Fife, Scotland
Genres Indie rock
Years active 1997–2006; 2008-2009
Labels V2 International
Website Official Site
Members Craig Macintosh
Gary Smith
Lee Worrall
Ruth Quigley
Laurence Davey

Dogs Die in Hot Cars is a Scottish band from St. Andrews consisting of members Craig Macintosh (vocals, guitar), Gary Smith (vocals, guitar) Ruth Quigley (vocals, keyboards, French horn), Lee Worrall (bass and glockenspiel) and Laurence Davey (drums and percussion).


Macintosh, Smith, Worrall and Davey all met at Madras College and began playing together in 1993 at the age of 14. After having performed under various names they settled on "Dogs Die In Hot Cars" in 1997. In 1999 they moved to Glasgow where they met Ruth Quigley to complete the line up. The band listed their influences among others as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles and Talking Heads. .

Later that year the band signed a one off single deal with EMI subsidiary label, Radiate Records. The single included the songs "I Love You 'Cause I Have To", "Celebrity Sanctum" and "Somewhat Off The Way". In autumn 2003, the band signed to V2 Records and Chrysalis Publishing.

In July 2004 they released their debut album Please Describe Yourself (Produced by Langer & Winstanley), which included the tracks "I Love You 'Cause I Have To", "Godhopping" and "Lounger". "Godhopping" peaked at #24 on the UK Singles Chart and remains the band's biggest hit. "I Love You 'Cause I Have To" peaked at #32 on the UK Singles Chart.

A song of the band's, entitled "Nobody Teaches Life Anything" (found on 2004 release Man Bites Man EP) was used for four years in television advertising campaign in the UK by Boots.

In 2006, following the departure of guitarist, Gary Smith choosing to study Physics and Astronomy at Glasgow University, the band entered the studio to record their second album. However, during a break in the recording schedule the remaining members decided to abandon the album.

In 2008 the band released 17 demos that they’d written for the second album, for people to remix and rewrite how they liked, with the intention being that of the best mixes for each song, they would compile a final record and share any potential royalties from it 50-50 with those who contributed. Following, however, on their website it states that "the band felt there weren’t enough mixes to warrant a release as just conclusion to the project and to the band. Realising, then, that the outcome wasn’t what would make the second album, but rather the project in itself was the heart of their second release, the band have left all the songs online to be available indefinitely to download for free via their website, for people to remix and rewrite how they want, with the continuing of the 50-50 sharing of potential licensing fees for all who make their own versions."

In 2010, front man Craig Macintosh, performing under the name Moy, released his first solo album, The Lie.

Band members[edit]

  • Craig Macintosh (vocals, guitar)
  • Gary Smith (vocals, guitar)
  • Lee Worrall (bass, glockenspiel)
  • Ruth Quigley (keyboard, vocals, French horn)
  • Laurence Davey (drums, percussion)


Studio albums[edit]

Year Name Charts[1]
2004 Please Describe Yourself 44
Year Name
2008 Dogs Die In Hot Cars is making pop nonsense


Year Title
2004 Man Bites Man EP


Year Song Peak position Album
UK Singles Chart
2003 "I Love You 'Cause I Have To" Please Describe Yourself
2004 "Godhopping" 24[1]
"I Love You 'Cause I Have To" (reissue) 32[1]
"Lounger" 43[1]


  • Nano-Mugen Compilation (with "I Love You 'Cause I Have to", 2005)
  • Teachers 4 (Soundtrack to the Channel 4 Television series) (with "Celebrity Sanctum", 2005)
  • Keep Pop Loud (with "Beauty US", 2011)


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