Ash (band)

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Ash is a band which was originally formed in Downpatrick (Northern Ireland) in 1992. Before the formation of Ash, Mark and Tim played in a high school band called "Vietnam" with some of their friends. Ash's music, though originally commonly described as Britpop, has also been categorised as indie, rock and punk.

The original band members were Tim Wheeler (vocals / guitar), Mark Hamilton (bass guitar) and Rick McMurray (drums). The three were later joined by Charlotte Hatherley (guitar/vocals).

Initially inspired by Twisted Sister and Iron Maiden in the early 90s, Tim and Mark formed a heavy metal band called Vietnam with a few schoolfriends. After barely a couple of gigs they were left on their own when the others left. Requiring a drummer they had a few drinks with Rick, who was in the year above them at school and had switched from playing the guitar to drums. They then ambitiously decided to try to develop their own music.

In 2002 Q magazine named Ash as one of the "50 Bands To See Before You Die".


Band history


Ash officially formed. They created three demo tapes this year, "Solar Happy" in June, "Shed" in September, and the "Home Demo Tape" in November. These tapes featured their earliest material and the first recordings of some songs that would later be on their 1995 release, "Trailer", including "Intense Thing," "Get Out," "Obscure Thing," and their future single, "Jack Names The Planets."


In 1993 Ash made the demo tape, "Garage Girl," which featured "Jack Names The Planets" and "Intense Thing" taken from Shed, as well as some new tracks including "Petrol." They released their compilation demo tape, "Pipe Smokin' Brick" later this year, which featured an assortment of their best demo songs from the other 4 demo tapes. The demo tapes had not gained much attention yet and Ash was still playing small shows at local clubs.


In early 1994 Stephen Taverner came across ‘’Garage Girl’’ the band's demo tape. Suitably impressed Steve put up the money so that they could press 2000 7” copies of Jack Names the Planets” - (February 1994) on Steve’s own LaLaLand record label. The band was on its way.

Ash released their first album, "Trailer," in October of this year, which only included 7 songs. This album would later be released in the United States in 1995 with 4 bonus tracks, making it have 11 songs total.

They received some priceless airplay from D.J. Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 1 and so followed up their debut single with “Petrol”, (August 5 1994), and “Uncle Pat” – (October 17 1994) on their new label Infectious Records.


This is the year Ash left school and released their breakthrough singles "Kung Fu", "Girl from Mars" and "Angel Interceptor".


1996 saw them release the singles “Goldfinger” and “Oh Yeah” either side of ‘’1977’’.


February 17 had them release Live at the Wireless, as the title suggests a live album, recorded at the Triple J Studios in Australia. The UK fans could buy a limited edition CD of it on the bands own Deathstar label. The lads then recruited Charlotte Hatherley who had previously been with the band Nightnurse and she made her gig debut at a few small gigs a week before appearing at the V97 festival. the first single that she appeared on, “A Life Less Ordinary” was the soundtrack to the Ewan McGregor / Cameron Diaz film of the same name.


In September 1998, Ash released “Jesus Says” the following month the second album proper Nu-Clear Sounds and in November “Wildsurf”.


The single 'Shining Light' is released in January 2001, followed by the No. 1 album 'Free All Angels' in April. Subsequent singles released from 'Free All Angels' were 'Burn Baby Burn' (April), 'Sometimes' (July), 'Candy' (October) and 'There's A Star' (December).


A new single 'Envy' is released, followed shortly afterwards by the singles collection 'Intergalactic Sonic 7's'.


On June 29, Ash released Meltdown. It goes top ten in the UK. The band teams up with Lucasarts for a new Star Wars game entitled Republic Commando. "Clones", taken from the album "Meltdown" is the first music to be used in anything Star Wars related that hasn't been composed by John Williams.


Star Wars Republic Commando is finally released using "Clones" as title music. "Meltdown" gets a US release date of March 8th, through Warner Bros imprint Record Collection.





Fan club releases

Demo tapes

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