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Ash

Ash began life in 1989 as Iron Maiden wannabe's 'Vietnam', with Mark Hamilton on bass, and Tim Wheeler on guitar. TheinlaytoIntergalacticSonic 7"s claims that they quickly established a reputation as the worst band in County Down, so it wasprobably bestthatcome 1992,'Vietnam' split. Stuck for a drummer, Tim and Mark recruited Rick McMurray , and after pickingthe first short word theylikedfrom adictionary, Ash was born.

In their first summer together, they recorded around 50 songs at local 7-Track studio Cosmic Rays, funding themselves withthemoneytheysaved by starving them ...read more

Ash began life in 1989 as Iron Maiden wannabe's 'Vietnam', with Mark Hamilton on bass, and Tim Wheeler on guitar. TheinlaytoIntergalacticSonic 7"s claims that they quickly established a reputation as the worst band in County Down, so it wasprobably bestthatcome 1992,'Vietnam' split. Stuck for a drummer, Tim and Mark recruited Rick McMurray , and after pickingthe first short word theylikedfrom adictionary, Ash was born.

In their first summer together, they recorded around 50 songs at local 7-Track studio Cosmic Rays, funding themselves withthemoneytheysaved by starving themselves on their lunch breaks. Over the course of the following year, their demo tapetopped the localcharts, andtheyestablished a firm following, but began to get dissilusioned at the lack of further progress. Onthe verge of breaking up, enterBillMcCabe,who sent their demos off to his contacts in London. Steven Taverner came acrossone of the demos, Garage Girl, and decidedtotake a hugeleap of faith, sending the band into the studio to record ?300 worthof songs.

Their first single, 'Jack Names The Planets', was released on Taverners newly formed LaLaland label in 1994, gaining airplayonRadio1courtesy of Steve Lamaq, and after a whirlwind tour of England during their Easter break, the band signed toInfectious Records.Twomoresingles, 'Petrol' and 'Uncle Pat' topped the indie charts, and then the mini-album 'Trailer' wasreleased.

1995 saw Ash making big strides forward, with the release of three singles, 'Kung Fu', 'Girl From Mars' (which peaked at #11 intheUKsingleschart) and 'Angel Interceptor'. 1996 brought another single, 'Goldfinger', their first album proper, '1977', and 'OhYeah' . '1977'reached #1 inthe UK album charts, whilst both singles reached the UK singles chart top 10, at 5 and 6respectively. Jackie Chanused'Kung Fu' in the endcredits to Rumble in the Bronx, in reciprocation for the namecheck herecieved in the song.

The following year, Ash expanded, recruiting Nightnurse guitarist Charlotte Hatherley. After a couple of low key gigs,Hatherleymadehermajor debut at the V97 Festival. The first single she recorded with Ash was 'A Life Less Ordinary', for thefilm of the same name,whichwasanother top ten hit.

1998 brought troubled times for 'Ash'. Finding it difficult to cope with the pressure of following up 1977, Tim suffered fromwritersblock,therewere problems with producers, and deadlines were missed. Perhaps reflecting the mood of a band sufferingfrom burn out, 'Nu-ClearSounds'was a much darker album, and despite critical acclaim, sales were overall rather poor, thoughit did reach a high of #7 in theUKalbum charts,and first single 'Jesus Says' made it to #15 in the singles chart. 'Wildsurf' cameand went rather quickly at the end of theyear,failing tocapture the attention and reached a high of just #31.

In the wake of 'Nu-Clear Sounds' failure, Tim went AWOL, and the band came close to bankrupcy. After a return to NorthernIreland anda6month break, Ash came back together at Tims parents house, and began writing and playing in the same garageit had all startedin.Armedwith over 30 songs, they headed to Spain to record 'Free All Angels', knowing it might be their lastrecord and had the summer oftheirlives. Feeling 'Free All Angels' marked their best effort to date, but knowing the publicwouldn't be easy to convince, Ash used theinternet tore-establish their fan base, embarking on a tour of tiny venues, allvoted for by fans online.

'Shining Light' was the first single to be released, reaching #8, and when 'Free All Angels' followed in April, it smashed itswayto#1,outmuscling Janet Jackson. This prompted Rick to ring Virgin Records, leaving then a stirring rendition of Outkast's'SorryMissJackson'.Later singles were the classic 'Burn Baby Burn' (#13), 'Sometimes' (#21), 'Candy' (#20), and 'Theres aStar' (#13). In Marchof2002,'Walking Barefoot' was released in Australia only. The bands renaiseince was complete. 'ShiningLight' won Best Contemporary Songatthe2002 Ivor Novello awards and Q gave 'Burn Baby Burn' Single of the Year. Burn babyBurn was also voted Best Single by readersofNME.The Hot Press awards gave the band Best Irish Album and Best Irish Singlefor 'Free All Angels' and 'Shining Ligh.

To celebrate 10 years of Ash, Intergalactic Sonic 7"s was released in 2002, containing all their singles to date, a new song,'Envy', as wellasabonus cd containing 22 b-sides voted for by fans. The year also saw the release of Free All Angels in theUS, on Kinetic Records.

2004 saw Ash cement their place as a giant of Brit rock, with he release of new album 'Meltdown', which went top 5, and thefirst singlefromit'Clones', which was released as a download only (in the days before downloads were included in the charts).'Clones' was also usedinStarWars Republic Commando, and was the first music to be used in anything Star Wars related thathasn't been composed byJohnWilliams.'Orpheous' was the first official single, reaching #13, and was used in the film Shaun ofthe Dead (alongside title track,'Meltdown'),and thevideo games Burnout 3 and NHL 2005. Next single 'Starcrossed' reached#21, and in December, 'Renegade Cavalcade'peaked at #33.InMarch 2005, 'Meltdown got its US release (with 3 bonus tracks)through Record Collection, but failed to make an impact.

In January 2006, Charlotte and Ash parted company, after 9 years together, and the band were back down to 3. The splitwasdescribedasamicable, and so far no replacement has been brought in.

Their first album since Hatherley's departure, Twilight Of The Innocents was released in 2007, but failed to make muchcommercialorcriticalimpact. Even before the albums release, the band had announced that they would not release anotheralbum, instead optingforsingles only.They sited the changing ways in which people buy music, mainly single track downloadsas a reason for this. The first fruitsofthis newapproach to making music are expected before the end of 2009. « hide

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LPs
Kablammo!
2015

3.3
13 Votes
Twilight Of The Innocents
2007

3.1
20 Votes
Meltdown
2005

3.6
68 Votes
Free All Angels
2001

3.8
61 Votes
Nu-Clear Sounds
1998

3.2
27 Votes
1977
1996

3.7
63 Votes
Trailer
1994

3.4
19 Votes
EPs
Little Infinity EP
06/16/2012

3
2 Votes
Garage Girl
1993

2.3
2 Votes
Home Demos
1992

2
2 Votes
Shed
1992

2.3
2 Votes
Solar Happy
1992

3
2 Votes
Live Albums
Live At The Wireless
1997

3.7
3 Votes
Compilations
The Best of Ash
2011

4.5
1 Votes
A-Z Vol.2
2010

3.3
2 Votes
A-Z Vol.1
2010

3.7
10 Votes
1977 3 disc collector's edition
2008

5
1 Votes
Intergalactic Sonic 7s
2002

4
22 Votes

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