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Elbow

Elbow is an alternative rock band which formed in Bury, Greater Manchester, England in 1990 while at sixth-form college.Theband consists of Guy Garvey (vocals, guitar), Mark Potter (guitar, vocals), Pete Turner (bass), Craig Potter (keyboards)andRichard Jupp (drums). They have released five studio albums, four EPs and ten top fifty singles in the UK.

The band is named after a line in the BBC TV mini-series The Singing Detective which says that the word “elbow” is themostsensuous word in the English language, not for its definition, but for how it feels to say it. Elbow be ...read more

Elbow is an alternative rock band which formed in Bury, Greater Manchester, England in 1990 while at sixth-form college.Theband consists of Guy Garvey (vocals, guitar), Mark Potter (guitar, vocals), Pete Turner (bass), Craig Potter (keyboards)andRichard Jupp (drums). They have released five studio albums, four EPs and ten top fifty singles in the UK.

The band is named after a line in the BBC TV mini-series The Singing Detective which says that the word “elbow” is themostsensuous word in the English language, not for its definition, but for how it feels to say it. Elbow began specializing in“chilledfunk”, but changed the direction of its music after unanimously deciding that they were “shit.” The new songs werenoticedfrom both Island Records and Universal, but the band was dropped before anything was released after it signed withbothlabels. The band then released two critically acclaimed EP’s on the independent Ugly Man Record label which caughttheattention of V2 Records.

V2 released Elbow’s debut album: “Asleep In The Back.” The album was a surprisignly moderate success, gainingsubstantialcritical acclaim and, ultimately, a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize in 2001. The single “Newborn” receivedattentionafter being banned by Radio 1 for the lyric, “I’ll be the corpse in your bathtub.” Word of mouth then began to workin Elbow’sfavor. Its 2003 album, “Cast Of Thousands,” entered the UK Charts at #7 to critical acclaim. The lead single,“Fallen Angel,”charted at #19.

Elbow released its third album in 2005: “Leaders Of The Free World.” Despite a continued lack of commercial notice,“LeadersOf The Free World” charted at #12, with its lead single, “Forget Myself” achieving #22 in the charts. That autumn,Elbowheadlined the first of two sell-out tours. March 17, 2008, saw the release of Elbow’s fourth album, entitled “TheSeldom SeenKid.” Released through Fiction, it entered the UK album chart at #5, and went on to win the 2008 MercuryMusic Award. “TheFix,” features guest vocals and lead guitar by Richard Hawley. April 2009 saw the release of The SeldomSeen Kid Live atAbbey Road, recorded with The BBC Concert Orchestra and Chantage. This album, recorded in Studio Oneof the world famousAbbey Road Studios on Saturday, January 17, 2008, is a complete run-through of the Mercury winningalbum. It features theband, a 52-piece orchestra, and a 20-member choir.

The band’s fifth and most recent album 'Build a Rocket Boys!' was released on March 14, 2011. « hide

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LPs
The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
2014

3.7
61 Votes
Build A Rocket Boys!
2011

3.4
127 Votes
The Seldom Seen Kid
2008

3.8
244 Votes
Leaders of the Free World
2005

3.6
88 Votes
Cast of Thousands
2003

3.7
84 Votes
Asleep In The Back
2001

3.8
100 Votes
EPs
Any Day Now
2001

3
1 Votes
The Newborn
2000

3.5
1 Votes
The Noisebox
1998

4
1 Votes
Compilations
Dead in the Boot
08/27/2012

3.6
5 Votes

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