The Grid

The Grid

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The Grid are an English electronic dance group, consisting of David Ball (formerly of Soft Cell) and Richard Norris, with guest contributions from other musicians. They were managed by Alan McGee.
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The Grid Discography

Albums

The Grid Electric Head (Album) EastWest, EastWest Europe 1990 Sell This Version
The Grid Four Five Six (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 1992 Sell This Version
Grid* Evolver (Album) Deconstruction, BMG UK 1994 Sell This Version
SBZ093CD The Grid Doppelgänger(CD, Album) Some Bizzare SBZ093CD UK 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Grid On The Grid EastWest UK 1989 Sell This Version
GRID II The Grid Intergalactica(12", Promo) EastWest GRID II UK 1989 Sell This Version
The Grid Floatation (Single) EastWest, EastWest UK 1990 Sell This Version
Dr. Timothy Leary Meets The Grid Dr. Timothy Leary Meets The Grid - Origins Of Dance Evolution UK 1990 Sell This Version
The Grid A Beat Called Love (Single, Maxi) EastWest UK 1990 Sell This Version
The Grid Boom! Virgin UK 1991 Sell This Version
The Grid Figure Of Eight (Single) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin UK 1992 Sell This Version
The Grid Heartbeat (Single) Virgin, Virgin UK 1992 Sell This Version
The Grid Crystal Clear (Single) Virgin UK 1993 Sell This Version
The Grid Texas Cowboys (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction UK 1993 Sell This Version
The Grid Swamp Thing (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction, RCA Spain 1994 Sell This Version
12deldj1 Neil Arthur & The Grid Neil Arthur & The Grid - I Love I Hate(12", Promo) Chrysalis 12deldj1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
Grid* Rollercoaster (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction Australia 1994 Sell This Version
KD-51256 The Grid / Real McCoy The Grid / Real McCoy - Untitled Sampler(12", Promo) Deconstruction Canada, Ariola KD-51256 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
GR 0373 Rainer Vs. The Grid Rainer Vs. The Grid - Nod To N₂0(12", S/Sided, Promo) Glitterhouse Records GR 0373 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Grid* Diablo (Single, Maxi) Deconstruction UK 1995 Sell This Version
rhythm23-006 The Grid Slammer / Slinker(12", Ltd, Whi) Transistor Rhythm rhythm23-006 US 2006 Sell This Version
The Grid Put Your Hands Together (Single) Some Bizzare UK 2007 Sell This Version

Compilations

Grid* Music For Dancing (Comp) Deconstruction, BMG UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

The Grid Grid Reference 456 Virgin UK 1992 Sell This Version

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Sneaky-Peanut

Sneaky-Peanut

July 7, 2010
Sadly, like The Shamen with their 'Ebeneezer Goode', The Grid will forever be plagued by 'Swamp Thing', a banjo-heavy No 3 hit in 1994, regularly placed in close proximity to 'Cotton Eye Joe' on compilations. 'Swamp Thing' isn't a bad track actually, but doesn't represent the Grid's excellent take on techno and house during the nineties.

Their first album, 'Electric Head' was apparently one of the first British techno albums, though has a slightly cheesy 80s synth-pop flavour at times, mainly due to David Ball's involvement with Soft Cell. The next album, '456' was better with some killer tracks, namely 'Crystal Clear' and 'Figure Of 8', and one track even featured Yello's Dieter Meier. By the time 'Evolver' was released in '94, they had become highly popular and the album reached No 14 in the chart. 'Texas Cowboys', 'Swamp Thing' and the brilliant 'Rollercoaster' were released as singles, though sadly 'Swamp Thing' was their only big hit.

Although some of their stuff has dated badly, I still have a soft spot for the Grid. They had a sense of humour and an ear for a good, driving bassline, as well as covering all sorts of ideas instead of sticking to the one. The album version of 'Crystal Clear' is exceptionally good chillout material, for example.

I've yet to hear any recent stuff from Norris & Ball, but I'm looking forward to when I do.

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