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Portishead

An offshoot from Bristol's notorious dance collective The Wild Bunch, which also spawned Massive Attack, Soul II Soul and Tricky, Portishead were formed by Geoff Barrow - the tape op for Massive Attack's seminal Blue Lines - and Beth Gibbons, and were later joined by jazz guitarist Adrian Utley. They named themselves after Geoff Barrow's place of birth, and proceeded to make a short film together, the soundtrack of which earned them a contract with GoBeat Records.

As part of the team that made Blue Lines, Geoff Barrow was partly responsible for inventing trip-hop. With Port ...read more

An offshoot from Bristol's notorious dance collective The Wild Bunch, which also spawned Massive Attack, Soul II Soul and Tricky, Portishead were formed by Geoff Barrow - the tape op for Massive Attack's seminal Blue Lines - and Beth Gibbons, and were later joined by jazz guitarist Adrian Utley. They named themselves after Geoff Barrow's place of birth, and proceeded to make a short film together, the soundtrack of which earned them a contract with GoBeat Records.

As part of the team that made Blue Lines, Geoff Barrow was partly responsible for inventing trip-hop. With Portishead, he took the logical next step, and popularized the genre, to the point where it became the height of fashion in mid- and late-90s Britain. Bouyed by Beth Gibbon's fragile, evocative voice (once described as 'a West Country Billie Holiday' by Q magazine), they also broke the American market, with their debut album Dummy, and singles such as Glory Box and Sour Times (I). Dummy also won the Mercury Music Prize in 1995, beating the Britpop vangaurd of Suede, Oasis, Pulp, and Blur.

After the sucess of Dummy, the band disappeared from the public eye before releasing their self-titled second album 3 years later. It did not achieve the same levels of success as Dummy, despite positive reviews. Seemingly as a safety measure, the band released Roseland NYC Live, an album of live material, the next year. They have not released any new material in 6 years, though in the interim, Beth Gibbons has released an album with Talk Talk's Rustin Man (2002's Out Of Season). Portishead's influence, meanwhile, can still be heard in Sneaker Pimps, Morcheeba, and Lamb. « hide

Similar Bands: Massive Attack, Tricky, DJ Shadow, Bjork, Everybody Loves Irene

LPs
Third
2008

3.9
973 Votes
Portishead
1997

4
782 Votes
Dummy
1994

4.3
1,640 Votes
Live Albums
Roseland NYC Live
1998

4.3
234 Votes
Compilations
Glory Times
1995

3.8
22 Votes

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