Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band consisted of Liam Gallagher, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and Tony McCarroll. Upon returning to Manchester, Liam's older brother, Noel Gallagher joined as a fifth member, which formed the band's core and settled line-up. During the course of their existence, they had various line-up changes. Oasis signed to independent record label Creation Records in 1993 and released their record-setting debut album Definitely Maybe; the following year the band recorded Morning Glory? with drummer Alan White, in the midst of a chart rivalry with Britpop peers Blur. Morning Glory? became one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling over 22 million copies worldwide and the Gallagher brothers were featured in tabloid newspapers for their sibling disputes and wild lifestyles. In 1996, Oasis performed two nights at Knebworth for an audience of 125,000 each night, which were at the time the largest outdoor concerts in UK history.
2.5 million people applied for tickets, which remains the highest demand for a show in British history. In 1997, Oasis released their third album. McGuigan and Arthurs left Oasis in 1999 as the band released Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, they were replaced by former Heavy Stereo guitarist/frontman Gem Archer and former Ride guitarist/frontman Andy Bell. Their fifth studio album Heathen Chemistry was released in 2002. In 2004, White left, leaving them as a four-piece, with the addition of the Who drummer Zak Starkey as an unofficial recording and touring fifth member, they found renewed popularity with Don't Believe the Truth. Following the recording of the band's seventh album Dig Out Your Soul in May 2008, Starkey departed from the band. Chris Sharrock was recruited as a touring member, Oasis did their last tour as a collective band. During the tour the Gallagher brothers' deteriorating relationship led to Noel Gallagher announcing his departure in August 2009, after a backstage altercation with Liam.
The rest of the band, led by Liam, decided to continue, under the name Beady Eye, until their breakup in 2014. Noel formed Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Oasis have had eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums, they have won 17 NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards and six Brit Awards, including one in 2007 for Outstanding Contribution to Music and one for the Best Album of the Last 30 Years–for Morning Glory?–as voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners. They have been nominated for two Grammy Awards; as of 2009, Oasis have sold over 75 million records worldwide. The band were listed in the Guinness World Records book in 2010 for "Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run by a Group" after an unprecedented run of 22 top 10 hits in the UK; the band holds the Guinness World Record for the most successful act in the UK between the years 1995 and 2005, spending 765 weeks in the top 75 singles and albums charts. Oasis evolved from an earlier group, the Rain, composed of bassist Paul McGuigan, guitarist Paul Arthurs, drummer Tony McCarroll and Chris Hutton on vocals.
Unsatisfied with Hutton, Arthurs invited and auditioned acquaintance Liam Gallagher as a replacement. Liam suggested that the band name be changed to Oasis, inspired by an Inspiral Carpets tour poster in the Gallagher brothers' bedroom which listed the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon as a venue. Oasis played their first gig on 18 August 1991 at the Boardwalk club in Manchester. Liam's brother Noel Gallagher, a roadie for Inspiral Carpets, went with the band to watch his younger brother's band play. Whilst Noel and his friends did not think Oasis sounded spectacular, he began to consider the possibility of using his brother's group as a possible outlet for a series of songs he had been writing for several years. Noel approached the group about joining with the proviso that he would become the band's sole songwriter and leader, that they would commit to an earnest pursuit of commercial success. "He had loads of stuff written," Arthurs recalled. "When he walked in, we were a band making a racket with four tunes.
All of a sudden, there were loads of ideas." Under Noel, Oasis crafted a musical approach that relied on simplicity: with Arthurs and McGuigan restricted to playing barre chords and root bass notes, McCarroll playing basic rhythms, the band's amplifiers turned up to create distortion, Oasis created a sound "so devoid of finesse and complexity that it came out sounding pretty much unstoppable." After over a year of live shows, rehearsals and a recording of a demo, the Live Demonstration tape, Oasis's big break came in May 1993 when they were spotted by Creation Records co-owner Alan McGee. Oasis were invited to play a gig at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut club in Glasgow, Scotland, by Sister Lovers, who shared their rehearsal rooms. Oasis, along with a group of friends, made the journey to Glasgow; when they arrived, they were refused entry. They were given the opening slot and impressed McGee, there to see 18 Wheeler, one of his own bands. McGee offered them a recording contract. Due to problems securing an American contract
Arctic Monkeys are an English rock band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consists of Matt Helders, Jamie Cook and Nick O'Malley. Former band member Andy Nicholson left the band in 2006 shortly after their debut album was released, they have released six studio albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Suck It and See, AM, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, as well as one live album, At the Apollo. Their debut album is the fastest-selling debut album by a band in UK chart history, in 2013, Rolling Stone ranked it the 30th-greatest debut album; the band has won seven Brit Awards – winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times, have been nominated for five Grammy Awards. They won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their debut album, in addition to receiving nominations in 2007, 2013 and 2018; the band have headlined at the Glastonbury Festival twice, in 2007 and again in 2013. Arctic Monkeys were heralded as one of the first bands to come to public attention via the Internet, with commentators suggesting they represented the possibility of a change in the way in which new bands are promoted and marketed.
The band began rehearsing at Yellow Arch Studios in Neepsend, played its first gig on 13 June 2003 at The Grapes in Sheffield city centre. After a few performances in 2003, the band began to record demos at 2fly studios in Sheffield. 18 songs were demoed in all and the collection, now known as Beneath the Boardwalk, was burned onto CDs to give away at gigs, which were promptly file-shared amongst fans. The name Beneath the Boardwalk originated; the first sender, wanting to classify the demos, named them after where he received them, the Boardwalk. As more demos were spread, they were all classified under this name; this has led to many people falsely believing that Beneath the Boardwalk was an early album, or that the early demos were all released under this title. The group did not mind the distribution, saying "we never made those demos to make money or anything. We were giving them away free anyway –, a better way for people to hear them."When asked about the popularity of the band's MySpace site in an interview with Prefix Magazine, the band said that they were unaware of what it was, that the site had been created by their fans.
The band began to grow in popularity across the north of England, receiving attention from BBC Radio and the British tabloid press. A local amateur photographer, Mark Bull, filmed the band's performances and made the music video "Fake Tales of San Francisco", releasing it on his website, alongside the contents of Beneath the Boardwalk – a collection of the band's songs which he named after a local music venue. In May 2005, Arctic Monkeys released the EP Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys on their own'Bang Bang' label, featuring the songs "Fake Tales of San Francisco" and "From the Ritz to the Rubble"; this release was limited to 500 CDs and 1,000 7" records, but was available to download from the iTunes Music Store. Soon after, the band played at the Carling Stage of the Reading and Leeds Festivals, reserved for less known or unsigned bands, their appearance was hyped by much of the music press and the band was watched by an unusually large crowd. They were signed to Domino in June 2005; the band said they were attracted to the DIY ethic of Domino owner Laurence Bell, who ran the label from his flat and only signed bands that he liked personally.
The UK's Daily Star reported that this was followed in October by a £1 million publishing deal with EMI and a £725,000 contract with Epic Records for the United States. Arctic Monkeys denied this on their website, dubbing the newspaper "The Daily Stir". However, Domino had licensed the Australian and New Zealand publishing rights to EMI and the Japanese rights to independent label Hostess, their debut single "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor", recorded at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, was released on 17 October 2005 and went straight to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, beating Sugababes and Robbie Williams. Two weeks previous to this, it made its first appearance on the cover of NME, their second single, "When the Sun Goes Down", released on 16 January 2006 went straight to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, selling 38,922 copies and taking over that position from Shayne Ward. The band's success with little marketing or advertising led some to suggest that it could signal a change in how new bands achieve recognition.
The band finished recording their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire in September 2005 with British record producer Jim Abbiss producing. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not became the fastest selling debut album in UK chart history, selling 363,735 copies in the first week; this smashed the previous record of 306,631 copies held by Popstars by Hear'Say, sold more copies on its first day alone – 118,501 – than the rest of the Top 20 albums combined. The cover sleeve of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, showing Chris McClure, a friend of the band smoking a cigarette, was criticised by the head of the NHS in Scotland for "reinforcing the idea that smoking is OK"; the image on the CD itself is a shot of an ashtray full of cigarettes. The band's product manager denied the accusation, suggested the opposite – "You can see from the image smoking is not doing him the world of good."The record was released a month in the US on 21 February 2006 and entered at No. 24 on the Billboard album ch
New Order (band)
New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980 by vocalist and guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, drummer Stephen Morris. The band formed following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. New Order's integration of post-punk with electronic and dance music made them one of the most acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s, they were the flagship band for Manchester-based independent record label Factory Records and its nightclub The Haçienda, worked in long-term collaboration with graphic designer Peter Saville. While the band's early years were shadowed by the legacy of Joy Division, their experience of the early 1980s New York club scene saw them incorporate dance rhythms and electronic instrumentation into their work, their 1983 hit "Blue Monday" became the best-selling 12-inch single of all time and a popular club track. In the 1980s, they released successful albums such as Power, Corruption & Lies and the singles compilation Substance, they disbanded in 1993 to work on individual projects before reuniting in 1998.
In the years since, New Order has gone through various hiatuses and personnel changes, most prominently the departure of Hook in 2007. They released their tenth studio album Music Complete in 2015. Between 1977 and 1980, Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner were members of the post-punk band Joy Division featuring heavy production input from producer Martin Hannett. Curtis took his own life on 18 May 1980, the day before Joy Division were scheduled to depart for their first American tour, prior to release of the band's second album, Closer; the rest of the band decided soon after Curtis's death. Prior to his death, the members of Joy Division had agreed not to continue under the Joy Division name should any one member leave. On 29 July 1980, the still unnamed trio debuted live at Manchester's Beach Club. Rob Gretton, the band's manager for over twenty years, is credited for having found the name "New Order" in an article in The Guardian entitled "The People's New Order of Kampuchea".
The band adopted this name, despite its previous use for former Stooge Ron Asheton's band The New Order. The group states that the name New Order does not draw a direct line to National Socialism or Fascism; the band rehearsed with each member taking turns on vocals. Sumner took the role, as he could sing when he wasn't playing his guitar, they wanted to complete the line-up with someone they knew well and whose musical skill and style was compatible with their own. Gretton suggested Morris's girlfriend Gillian Gilbert, she was invited to join the band in early October 1980, as keyboardist and guitarist, her first live performance with the band occurred at The Squat in Manchester on 25 October 1980. The initial release as New Order was the single "Ceremony", backed with "In a Lonely Place"; these two songs were written in the weeks. With the release of Movement in November 1981, New Order started on a similar route as their previous incarnation, performing dark, melodic songs, albeit with an increased use of synthesisers.
The band viewed the period as a low point. Hook commented that the only positive thing to come out of the Movement sessions was that producer Martin Hannett had showed the band how to use a mixing board, which allowed them to produce records by themselves from on. More Hook indicated a change of heart: "I think Movement gets a raw deal in general – for me, when you consider the circumstances in which it was written, it is a fantastic record."New Order visited New York City again in 1981, where the band were introduced to post-disco and electro. The band had taken to listening to Italian disco to cheer themselves up, while Morris taught himself drum programming; the singles that followed, "Everything's Gone Green" and "Temptation", saw a change in direction toward dance music. The Haçienda, Factory Records' own nightclub opened in May 1982 in Manchester and was issued a Factory catalogue number: FAC51; the opening of UK's first superclub was marked by a nearly 23-minute instrumental piece entitled "Prime 5 8 6", but released 15 years as "Video 5 8 6".
Composed by Sumner and Morris, "Prime 5 8 6"/"Video 5 8 6" was an early version of "5 8 6" that contained rhythm elements that would surface on "Blue Monday" and "Ultraviolence". Power, Corruption & Lies, released in May 1983, was a synthesiser-based outing and a dramatic change in sound from Joy Division and the preceding album, although the band had been hinting at the increased use of technology during the music-making process for a number of years including their work as Joy Division. Starting from what earlier singles had hinted, this was where the band had found their footing, mixing early techno music with their earlier guitar-based sound and showing the strong influence of acts like Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder. Further in this direction was the electronically sequenced, four-on-the-floor single "Blue Monday". Inspired by Klein & MBO's "Dirty Talk" and Sylvester's disco classic, "You Make Me Feel", "Blue Monday" became the best-selling independent 12" single of all time in the UK.
This resulted in a sticker being applied to unsold copies of Power, Corruption & Lies album saying, "DOES NOT CONTAIN BLUE MONDAY". The song was included however on the cassette format in some countries, such as Australia and New Ze
Stardust (2007 film)
Stardust is a 2007 romantic adventure fantasy film directed by Matthew Vaughn and co-written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman. Based on Neil Gaiman’s 1999 novel of the same name, the film features an ensemble cast led by Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Jason Flemyng, Mark Strong, Rupert Everett, Ricky Gervais, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter O’Toole, with narration by Ian McKellen; the film follows a young man from the fictional town of Wall in Great Britain. Wall is a town on the border of the magical fantasy kingdom of Stormhold. Tristan enters the magical world to collect a fallen star to give to his crush Victoria, in return for her hand in marriage, he collects the star. Witches and the Princes of Stormhold are hunting for Yvaine. Meanwhile, Tristan tries to get her back to Wall with him before Victoria's birthday, the deadline of her offer; the film was grossed $135.6 million on a $70 million budget. In 2008, it won the Hugo Award for Long Form. Stardust was released on DVD, Blu-ray, HD DVD on December 18, 2007.
The magical kingdom of Stormhold is surrounded by a stone wall, through a gap in which lies the fictional English village of Wall. Dunstan Thorn meets an enslaved princess, Una, she offers him a glass snowdrop in exchange for a kiss followed by an invitation into her caravan to have sex with her. Nine months the Wall Guard delivers a baby to Dunstan, named Tristan. Eighteen years the dying King of Stormhold throws a ruby into the sky, decreeing that his successor will be the first of his fratricidal sons to recover it; the gem hits a star, they fall together, the remaining sons and Septimus, independently search for the gem. In Wall, Tristan sees the star fall and vows to retrieve it for the object of his infatuation, Victoria, in return for her hand in marriage. Tristan learns that his mother is from beyond the wall, receives a Babylon candle that she had left for him, which takes the user to any desired location. Tristan lights it and is transported to the fallen star, personified as a beautiful woman named Yvaine.
He promptly chains her to take her home to Victoria. Three ancient witch sisters in Stormhold resolve to eat the fallen star's heart to recover their youth and replenish their powers, their leader, eats the remnants of an earlier star's heart, sets off to find Yvaine. She conjures up a wayside inn as a trap. Yvaine becomes tired, so Tristan chains her to a tree and promises to bring food. In his absence, a unicorn unwittingly takes her to Lamia's inn. Tristan discovers Yvaine gone, but the stars whisper that she is in danger, telling him to get on a passing coach, which happens to be Primus'. At the inn, they interrupt Lamia's attempt to kill Yvaine. Lamia kills Primus, but Tristan and Yvaine use the Babylon candle to escape into the clouds, where they are captured by pirates in a flying ship, who teach Tristan how to fence. Septimus discovers that, as the last surviving son, he needs only find the stone to claim the throne, he learns it is in the possession of the fallen star and realizes that the heart of a star grants immortality.
After leaving Captain Shakespeare's ship and Yvaine confess their love for one another and spend the night together at an inn. Come morning, Tristan leaves Yvaine sleeping and goes to Wall with a lock of her hair, to tell Victoria he will not marry her, having fallen in love with Yvaine; when the lock turns to stardust, he realizes Yvaine will die if she crosses the wall, rushes back to save her. Yvaine finds Tristan gone, starts walking towards the wall, thinking he has abandoned her for Victoria. Tristan's mother Una notices Yvaine walking to her doom, so she takes the caravan of her enslaver, a witch named Ditchwater Sal, to the wall to stop her. Lamia arrives, kills Sal, captures Una and Yvaine, taking them to the witches' castle. Septimus and Tristan both pursue Lamia, agreeing to work together for the time being. Barging into the castle, Septimus recognises the princess as his long lost sister and Una informs Tristan that she is his mother. Septimus and Tristan kill two of the witches, but Lamia uses a voodoo doll to kill Septimus and make his corpse fight Tristan.
Lamia is about to finish Tristan off. Lamia frees Yvaine; as Tristan and Yvaine embrace, their love allows her to shine once again, vaporising Lamia in a blinding flash of starlight. Tristan retrieves the jewel; as the jewel turns red, Una explains. He becomes king with Yvaine as his queen while Una are reunited. After 80 years of ruling Stormhold, they use a Babylon candle to ascend to the sky, where Tristan becomes a star and the pair live forever in the sky; the 1998 fantasy novel Stardust by Neil Gaiman was first optioned for a film adaptation by Miramax in 1998–99. According to Gaiman, the film went "through an unsatisfactory development period", he recovered the rights after they expired. Discussions about a film version of Stardust began taking place between Gaiman, director Terry Gilliam and Matthew Vaughn. After Gilliam dropped out following his involvement with The Brothers Grimm, Vaughn left the talks to direct Layer Cake. Gaiman and Vaughn resumed talks after the director walked away from helming the film X-Men: The Last Stand and in January 2005, Vaughn acquired the option to develop the film adaptation.
In October 2005, the director entered final negotiations with Paramount Pictures to direct and produce Stardust with a budget estimated at US$70
Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, David Knopfler, John Illsley, Pick Withers. They were active from 1977 to 1988 and again from 1991 to 1995; the band became one of the world's best-selling music artists, with album sales of over 100 million. Their first hit single "Sultans of Swing", from their self-titled debut album released in 1978, reached the top ten in the US chart and became a top ten hit in the UK the following year; the band released several hit singles in the 1980s, such as "Romeo and Juliet", "Private Investigations", "Twisting by the Pool", "Money for Nothing", "Walk of Life". Their most commercially successful album was Brothers in Arms, which has sold more than 30 million copies and was the first album to sell a million copies on the compact disc format. Dire Straits' sound was drawn from a wide variety of musical influences including jazz and country, as well as the blues-rock of J. J. Cale and Eric Clapton, their stripped-down sound contrasted with punk rock and demonstrated a roots rock influence that emerged from pub rock.
According to the Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, Dire Straits have spent over 1,100 weeks on the UK albums chart, ranking fifth all-time. Brothers in Arms is the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history, their career spanned 15 years. They split up in 1988, reformed in 1991, disbanded again in 1995 after Mark Knopfler launched his solo career full-time. There were several changes in personnel over both periods, with Mark Knopfler and Illsley the only members who remained throughout the band's career. Dire Straits won four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, various other music awards; the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Brothers Mark and David Knopfler, from Newcastle in northeast England, friends John Illsley and Pick Withers, both from Leicester in the east midlands of England, formed the band in London in 1977. Withers a 10-year music business veteran, was the most seasoned of the quartet, having been a session drummer for Dave Edmunds, Gerry Rafferty, Magna Carta and others through the 1970s, as well as having been part of the group Spring which recorded an album for RCA in 1971.
At the time of the band's formation, Mark Knopfler was working as a teacher at art college, John Illsley was studying at Goldsmiths' College, David Knopfler was a social worker. Mark Knopfler and Withers had both been part of the pub rock group Brewers Droop at different points in around 1973. Known as the Café Racers, the name Dire Straits was given to the band by a musician flatmate of Withers thought up while they were rehearsing in the kitchen of a friend, Simon Cowe, of Lindisfarne. In 1977, the group recorded a five-song demo tape which included their future hit single, "Sultans of Swing", as well as "Water of Love" and "Down to the Waterline". After a performance at The Rock Garden in 1977, they took a demo tape to MCA in Soho but were turned down, they went to DJ Charlie Gillett, who had a radio show called "Honky Tonk" on BBC Radio London. The band wanted advice, but Gillett liked the music so much that he played "Sultans of Swing" on his show. Two months Dire Straits signed a recording contract with the Vertigo division of Phonogram Inc.
In October 1977, the band recorded demo tapes of "Southbound Again", "In the Gallery" and "Six Blade Knife" for BBC Radio London. The group's first album, Dire Straits, was recorded at Basing Street studios in Notting Hill, London in February 1978, at a cost of £12,500. Produced by Muff Winwood, the album was first released in the United Kingdom on Vertigo Records a division of Phonogram Inc; the album came to the attention of A&R representative Karin Berg, working at Warner Bros. Records in New York City, she felt that it was the kind of music audiences were hungry for, but only one person in her department agreed at first. Many of the songs on the album reflected Mark Knopfler's experiences in Newcastle and London. "Down to the Waterline" recalled images of life in Newcastle. That same year, Dire Straits began a tour as opening band for Talking Heads after the re-released "Sultans of Swing" started to climb the UK charts; this led to a United States recording contract with Warner Bros. Records.
They received more attention in the US, but arrived at the top of the charts in Canada and New Zealand. Dire Straits went top 10 in every European country; the following year, Dire Straits embarked on their first North American tour. They played 51 sold-out concerts over a 38-day period. "Sultans of Swing" scaled the charts to number four in the United States and number eight in the United Kingdom. The song became a fixture in the band's live performances. Bob Dylan, who had seen the band play in Los Angeles, was so impressed that he invited Mark Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on his next album, Slow Train Coming. Recording sessions for the group's second album, Communiqué, took place in December 1978 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. Released in June 1979, Communiqué was produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett and went to No. 1 on the German album charts, with the debut album Dire S
Placebo are an English rock band formed in London in 1994 by singer-guitarist Brian Molko and guitarist-bassist Stefan Olsdal. The band were soon joined by drummer Robert Schultzberg, who left in 1996 due to conflicts with Molko and was replaced the same year by Steve Hewitt. Placebo gained exposure in 1997, after releasing "Nancy Boy", a song which Brian Molko described as "obscene"; the band has sparked controversy at the beginning of their career because Molko wore dresses and make-up in public and talked about sex and drug use. Placebo collaborated with various artists over the years, including David Bowie, Justin Warfield, Michael Stipe and Alison Mosshart. Hewitt left Placebo in 2007, due to musical differences, he was replaced the following year by Steve Forrest. Placebo released two albums with Forrest. Since 2015, Placebo perform as a duo with four additional live musicians on stage. Placebo utilise androgynous lyrical content. To date, they have released seven studio albums, all of which have reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom, have sold around 11 million records worldwide.
Placebo founders Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal had both attended the American International School of Luxembourg, without speaking to each other, as they were part of different social circles. The two met by chance in London, England. At the time, Olsdal was taking guitar lessons and was on his way home when he met Molko at the South Kensington tube station. Molko, observing that Olsdal had a guitar strapped to his back, invited Olsdal to watch him perform at a local gig. On the strength of Molko's performance, Olsdal decided; the two formed as Ashtray Heart, named after the Captain Beefheart song of the same name. Molko, denied in 2009 that Ashtray Heart was the first name of the band, dismissing this as a rumour and claiming that the band had more names initially; the two were unable to decide on a drummer. They played for a while with Steve Hewitt, a friend of Molko, but Hewitt had prior commitments to local band Breed. Robert Schultzberg assumed the position of drummer in late 1994; the band chose the name Placebo, due to its meaning in Latin, "I shall please".
Molko has stated in interviews that the name is a rejoinder to the 1990s cliché of naming one's band after a drug. In an interview, Molko stated: It's a complex question to answer, really; as musicians you try to find a name for your band that represents you and you never do, because names for bands lose their meaning after a while. They become a series of sounds; the most important thing for a name is that you can imagine forty-thousand people screaming it in unison. In 1996, Placebo signed with Caroline Records. Prior to this, the band had released their first single, "Bruise Pristine", at Fierce Panda. Molko would speak in negative terms about this release. Placebo's self-titled debut album was released on 17 June 1996; the album was produced by Brad Wood and was influenced, according to Molko, by Sonic Youth and Depeche Mode. The release peaked at No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart at the height of the Britpop era. When reviewing a concert, the New York Times compared them to bands of the "first wave of post-punk rock New Order, the Cure and the Banshees, early U2 and Talking Heads".
Tension with Schultzberg and the rest of the group had begun to rise in the previous year. The band fired him in September 1995, but he was rehired to record the first seven-inch single "Bruise Pristine". After an argument in August 1996, Molko decided that it would be best for the band if Schultzberg left; the band came to an agreement that Schultzberg would leave once they had finished the promotion of Placebo. Schultzberg did indeed leave the band in September 1996, on a United States tour. Before going on stage for their first show in the state of New York, Olsdal informed Schultzberg that he wasn't going on the tour in Germany, following the US one. At the manager's request, Schultzberg did two more shows with the band in Paris after the US tour, the last of, a performance on the French TV series Nulle part ailleurs. According to Schultzberg "Molko said that he was'tired of being the focus of Robert's rages against the world', quite frankly, I was tired of being his". While Schultzberg was with the band, several early works were recorded, including their first 7" single "Bruise Pristine", the "Come Home" EP, the single version of "Nancy Boy" and their eponymous debut album.
On the track "I Know", Schultzberg played didgeridoo as well as drums. Hewitt joined Placebo as a full-time member at Molko's request; the most successful song on the debut album was "Nancy Boy", which peaked at number 4 in UK Album Chart upon its release in 1997. The song had been written in 1994, being inspired by an infamous quote of Suede's Brett Anderson: "I'm a bisexual man who's never had a homosexual experience." Its lyrics were full of sexual allusions, Molko admitted at the time: "It's not absurd. It's obscene. A song this rude should not be number four in the charts." Molko would go on to describe his relationship with the song in a 2016 interview as "very ambivalent", adding that, although he appreciates the fact that the song had been instrumental in their development as a band, he considers it immature. The song attracted the attention of David Bowie, who invited the band to open several of his concerts in early 1996. In the following January, Bowie invited them to play at his 50th birthday celebrations at
Snow Patrol are a rock band from Northern Ireland, formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1994, consisting of Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn, Johnny McDaid. An indie rock band, the band rose to prominence in the early-mid 2000s as part of the post-Britpop movement; the band were founded at the University of Dundee in 1994 by Lightbody, Michael Morrison, Mark McClelland as Shrug. After using the name Polarbear, releasing the EP Starfighter Pilot and losing Morrison as a member, the band became Snow Patrol in 1997 and added Quinn to its line-up, their first two studio albums, Songs for Polarbears and When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up, were commercially unsuccessful and were released by the independent record label Jeepster Records. The band signed to the major record label Polydor Records in 2002. Connolly joined Snow Patrol in 2002, after their major-label debut album, Final Straw, the following year, the band rose to national fame; the album was certified 5× platinum in the UK and sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
Their next studio album, Eyes Open, its hit single, "Chasing Cars", propelled the band to greater international fame. The album topped the UK Albums Chart and was the best-selling British album of the year, selling over 6 million copies worldwide. In 2008, the band released A Hundred Million Suns; the band released their seventh album, Wildness, on 25 May 2018. During the course of their career, Snow Patrol have won seven Meteor Ireland Music Awards and have been nominated for six Brit Awards. Since the release of Final Straw, the band have sold over 16 million records worldwide. Snow Patrol were formed in early 1994 by University of Dundee students Gary Lightbody, Michael Morrison and Mark McClelland under the name Shrug; the band started by surrounding pubs such as Lucifer's Mill. Their first EP was entitled "The Yogurt vs. Yoghurt Debate." In 1996, they changed their name to Polar Bear to avoid issues with any American bands that were named Shrug. Shortly afterwards, drummer Michael Morrison left the band after suffering a breakdown and returned to Northern Ireland.
In mid-1997, Polar Bear released Starfighter Pilot, on the Electric Honey label. The band again renamed, this time to Snow Patrol in 1997, because of a naming conflict with another band of the same name fronted by Jane's Addiction's ex-bassist Eric Avery. At this point, Jonny Quinn, from Northern Ireland, joined as permanent drummer. Snow Patrol joined independent label Jeepster in home of Belle & Sebastian. Jeepster had the same idea for Snow Patrol as the approach they had with Belle & Sebastian, who had become popular by word-of-mouth, without heavy promotion; the band were happy to be associated with an indie label, because it provided them greater independence than a major label. At that time, they were quoted as saying they expected Jeepster wouldn't expect them to have a strict work ethic or focus too much on promotional efforts. Snow Patrol's debut album was Songs for Polarbears, released in 1998 after the band had started living in Glasgow. Lightbody was working at the Nice n Sleazy's Bar in Sauchiehall Street.
The album did not make any impact commercially. The same year, the band came close to getting featured in a worldwide advertisement for Philips. Gomez was signed. In 1999, the band won the "Phil Lynott Award for Best New Band" by Irish music magazine Hot Press. In 2001, still living in Glasgow, the band followed up with When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up. Like its predecessor, the album did not sell; the band continued to be in control. They slept on fans' floors after concerts and pretended to be members of Belle & Sebastian to get into nightclubs, they owed rent to their landlords and used to receive regular visits and letters from them when on tour. After the failure of the second album, the band began to realise that the label's lax attitude towards management and record promotion, qualities that had attracted the band to Jeepster, was holding them back; the band's manager at the time was Danny McIntosh. Lightbody has described him as "the angriest man in pop: great, great man", he has said that he loved the band "with every atom in his body", was never angry towards them.
He has credited him with keeping the band together in those years. McIntosh had a gold coloured splitter bus. Jeepster dropped Snow Patrol in 2001, a decision, criticised by Hot Press magazine as brainless. By July 2001, many major labels had started showing interest in Snow Patrol, but the band were cash-strapped and had no record deal. Lightbody sold a major part of his record collection to raise money to keep the band going. Lightbody was confident of getting signed to another label quickly. However, the music scene in the United Kingdom had turned its attention to American bands and British bands were not getting signed; the band spent this time writing songs. Lightbody, bored at this point, assembled The Reindeer Section, a Scottish supergroup, found a record label to release the group's recordings. Quinn said that though the time was hard for everyone involved except for Nathan, the question of splitting up never arose, it was during this time the band wrote "Run" in a roo