Famous Bath Bands

Famous Bath Bands

Bath has a fantastic music scene with loads of bands, music venues and exciting gigs! Bath also has its fair share of famous guitarists and musicians, including Roland Orzabal (Tears for Fears), Alison Goldfrapp (Goldfrapp) and Peter Gabriel (Genesis) all from Bath! We also have one famous rock’n'roll death – the American guitarist Eddie Cochran, more info about that below!

Roland Orzabal, the lead singer of one of Bath's most famous bands - 80s band Tears for Fears - rose to international fame in the early 1980s with the release of the single Mad World from the album The Hurting. Mad World, covered more recently by Michael Andrews & Gary Jules "Mad World" making the 2003 Christmas number one, was followed by hits including Shout and Everybody wants to rule the world from the bands second album Songs from the Big Chair (1985). The Seeds of Love, Tears for Fears second number one album released in 1989, confirmed the band as one of the biggest international acts during the 80s, a fame that began to wane during the early 90s. Nonetheless, the band managed to sell over 25 million records worldwide during a forty year career - not bad for two mod teenagers from Bath!

Peter Gabriel, the world-renowned singing of the rock group Genesis is also a long time resident of Bath - he even wrote his first solo single Solsbury Hill (1977) to prevent further agricultural development in the Woolley Valley just outside Bath. Genesis formed in 1967 among Gabriel's friends at Charterhouse School, became international sensations in the 1980s with multiple number one albums Duke (1980), Abacab (1981), Genesis (1983), Invisible Touch (1986) and We Can't Dance (1990) - nonetheless Gabriel, the band's original singer, was replaced by Phil Collins after his departure in 1975. Collins, described by Genesis historians as "more like Gabriel than Gabriel did", drove the band's real success internationally - nonetheless, it was Gabriel that had created the classic Genesis sound prior to his departure.

Bath's most famous rock n' roll death is certainly that of Eddie Cochran who tragically died at the age of 21 after a car crash. Cochran, who had released one album prior to the accident that included song like C'mon Everybody, Somethin' Else and Summertime Blues, was a sharply dressed and iconic rock n' roll star both sides of the pond. His death, caused by the taxi he was travelling losing control and hitting a lamppost - with Cochran throwing himself over his fiancée Sharon Sheeley to shield her - cause a national outcry in America and the UK. Cochran's music, however, lives on, with more releases after his death than before - his music has been recognised as some of the most influential guitar music during the 1950s and 60s with bands like the Beatles, The Rollings Stones and The Who all coving his work.

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