Saturday, March 01, 2008

Number 523 - Travis


Number 523

Travis

"Why Does It Always Rain"

1999
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Genre: Alt Pop
Heya .... I could bitch 'n moan about my isp, but who really cares? Getting a service for broadband has turned out like seeking a heart transplant in Africa. So fuck it, i aint gonna whinge.
There's too much else to talk about.
Obama seems to be rocking the American world and personally to me .... thats a good thing. Hillary always remind you of one of those spiteful ex's you left behind a decade ago.
Comical Ali is about to be hanged within the month and i think thats a bad thing....... I am going to miss his special touch of humour. He would have made a great Senator for New York. Imagine the excuses. "911? I cant even count that in English"
Along with Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, Kula Shaker and Embrace, Travis were one of the most prominent British "trad-rock" bands in the mid-to-late '90s. Following Oasis' lead of crafting down-to-earth, heartfelt songs in the vein of classic British bands from the '60s, Travis were more successful and enduring than some of their peers due to their lively, impassioned songwriting and performances. The group formed in Glasgow around 1990 as something of a lark for its members, singer/songwriter Francis Healy, guitarist Andy Dunlop, drummer Neil Primrose and bassist Douglas Payne. After finishing their studies at art school a few years later, the foursome became more serious about Travis' potential and moved to London in 1996. Their self-released debut EP, All I Wanna Do Is Rock, came out in the fall of that year; with its earnest vocals and soaring guitars, it captured the spirit of British rock at the time, which was retreating from some of Britpop's artiness to a back-to-basics sound.
Their second single, 1997's U16 Girls was released by Independiente Records, the new label headed by former Go! Discs' director Andy MacDonald; a few months later, their critically-acclaimed full-length debut Good Feeling arrived. Recorded in a matter of days with top producer Steve Lilywhite, the album included hit singles like "Happy" and "Tied To The '90s" and immediately entered the Top 10 of the UK charts. The following year, Travis began sessions with star producer Nigel Godrich for the follow-up to Good Feeling, recording in six studios as many months. Though it was a slower, darker affair, when The Man Who appeared in 1999, it eclipsed Travis' previous successes, going platinum six times in the UK and spawning more hit singles such as "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" and "Writing To Reach You." Nominated Select Magazine's Album Of The Year (and finishing in the top 10 of many other publication's year-end lists), The Man Who appeared on US shores in early 2000, just in time for a tour with their musical big brothers, Oasis. ~ [Heather Phares, All Music Guide]
For Ocean Color Scene see Number 855
For Oasis see Number 574
Artist Fact File
Name:Travis.......................Related to³:No-One
Yrs Active:1995 to now............Site:www.travisonline.com
Best Song¹:Sing ..................#1fan:www.travis.ography.co.uk
Best Album²:The Man Who...........Grammy Awards:0
Albums Sold:8 Million +...........Next best thing:The Verve
¹Number of downloads WINMX ²Artistdirect choice ³Associated acts or collaborations
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (They sound like......) and the Album ranked at Number (So, why does it always rain on them?)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 74.5 out of 108 pts

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Crowbarred is having problems with his broadband then why doesn't Tez or Hippy, Gazza or Jasmine contribute to keep the site ticking over?

9:53 am  
Blogger crowbarred said...

Good question anon. we all have songs that are allocated to us, my lot has been a cause of interruption. Tez & the gang are due up soon .... well as soon as i complete my lot. Normal transmission starts again now (I am borrowing the neighbours broadband!)

7:00 pm  
Anonymous Tez said...

Once upon a time that was discussed, I never got the 'information' needed to be able to do that, trust me I would have and y'all probably woulda hated what I did but at very least it woulda been something...

Discuss it with the boss Mr Almighty :o)

12:55 am  
Blogger crowbarred said...

Lol more like the opposite. I would have come back being boo'd off!

8:33 pm  

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