Modern English

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Modern English were formed in Colchester, Essex, England, in 1977 by Robbie Grey (Vocals), Gary McDowell (Guitar) and Michael Conroy (Bass). Originally known as the Lepers, the band made their name in the burgeoning punk scene where they would get together exclusively to play at parties, until they were picked up by 4AD. Richard Brown (Drums) and Stephen Walker (Keyboards) were subsequently added to the line-up of the band. A debut single, "Drowning Man" was released in 1980 on the Limp Records label. The band's debut full-length; "Mesh & Lace", released by 4AD a year later, it drew heavily on the gloomy post-punk sound already patented by bands such as Joy Division. The follow-up "After The Snow" showed a huge progression, as they introduced warmth and strong guitar harmonies (most notably on the minor classic "I Melt With You"), rejecting the tinny bleakness of the debut. It was especially well received in the USA, and the band relocated to New York to consolidate a popularity encouraged by college radio. 1984's "Richochet Days" had a crisper production but less creative experimentation. By the time of "Stop Start" (1986), the band had left 4AD and Walker and Brown had quit the band and Aaron Davidson (Keyboards, Guitar) had joined. Grey initially returned to England to form a new outfit, but reconvened Modern English in 1990 with Davidson and Conroy and released "Pillow Lips" on the TVT label in 1990. Robbie Grey with new band members Ted Mason (guitars) and Matthew Shipley (keyboards) co wrote and produced a second release for TVT though it received very little enthusiasm from the label. In 1995, the new Modern English line up recorded and released "Everything's Mad" on the Imago label. In 1998 the line up changed again, keeping Matthew Shipley and adding Steven Walker (guitars), Ian Robbins (bass) and Jon Solomon (drums). In 1999 Ian was replaced by Nik Williams (bass). In 2001 they recorded a new album 'Soundtrack' with producer Hugh Jones but due to the collapse of the record company it was shelved. Finally in 2010 this album was released by Darla. In 2009 the original band line up, minus Richard Brown, reformed and tour mainly in the US but also did shows in the UK, Europe and Asia. They wrote, recorded and self released a new album with Martyn Young (Colourbox) in 2017 called ‘Take Me To The Trees’. The band continue to tour and are currently working on their next album.
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Albums

POW 6009 Modern English - Mesh & Lace album art Modern English Mesh & Lace (Album) 4AD POW 6009 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
VOM-1-3324 Modern English - After The Snow album art Modern English After The Snow (Album) 4AD, 4AD VOM-1-3324 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
KB 472 Modern English - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Modern English / Chris de Burgh Modern English / Chris de Burgh - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour KB 472 US 1983 Sell This Version
70 220 Modern English - Ricochet Days album art Modern English Ricochet Days (Album, EP) 4AD 70 220 France 1984 Sell This Version
KB-521 Modern English - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Modern English / Wire Train Modern English / Wire Train - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Promo, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Promo, Tra) King Biscuit Flower Hour KB-521 US 1984 Sell This Version
25343-1 Modern English - Stop Start album art Modern English Stop Start (Album) Sire 25343-1 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
NC 012 Modern English - SPIN Radio Concert album art Modern English SPIN Radio Concert(LP, Promo) Spin (8) NC 012 US 1986 Sell This Version
2810-2, 12810-2 Modern English - Pillow Lips album art Modern English Pillow Lips (Album) TVT Records, TVT Records 2810-2, 12810-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
72787-23004-2 Modern English - Everything's Mad album art Modern English Everything's Mad (Album) Imago (3) 72787-23004-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
none Modern English - In Concert album art Modern English In Concert(12xFile, MP3, Album) Cleopatra none US 2008
none Modern English - Modern English album art Modern English Modern English(CDr, Album) Madacy Entertainment none US 2009 Sell This Version
DRL238 Modern English - Soundtrack album art Modern English Soundtrack (Album) Darla Records DRL238 US 2010 Sell This Version
IKM-ME01CD Modern English - Take Me To The Trees album art Modern English Take Me To The Trees (Album) Not On Label (Modern English Self-released) IKM-ME01CD UK, Europe & US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

LMP 2 Modern English - Drowning Man / Silent World album art Modern English Drowning Man / Silent World(7", Single) Limp Records LMP 2 UK 1979 Sell This Version
AD 15 Modern English - Gathering Dust album art Modern English Gathering Dust (Single) 4AD AD 15 UK 1980 Sell This Version
AD 6 Modern English - Swans On Glass album art Modern English Swans On Glass (Single) 4AD AD 6 UK 1980 Sell This Version
AD 110 Modern English - Smiles And Laughter album art Modern English Smiles And Laughter (Single) 4AD AD 110 UK 1981 Sell This Version
7-29775 Modern English - I Melt With You album art Modern English I Melt With You (Single, Maxi, EP) 4AD 7-29775 US 1982 Sell This Version
BAD 208 Modern English - Life In The Gladhouse album art Modern English Life In The Gladhouse(12") 4AD BAD 208 UK 1982 Sell This Version
AD 309 Modern English - Someone's Calling album art Modern English Someone's Calling (Single) 4AD AD 309 UK 1983 Sell This Version
BAD 401 Modern English - Chapter 12 album art Modern English Chapter 12 (Single, Maxi) 4AD BAD 401 UK 1983 Sell This Version
SOV2336 Modern English - Hands Across The Sea album art Modern English Hands Across The Sea (Single) Sire SOV2336 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
PRO-A-2150 Modern English - Rainbow's End / Chapter 12 / Machines album art Modern English Rainbow's End / Chapter 12 / Machines(12", Promo) Sire, 4AD PRO-A-2150 US 1984 Sell This Version
7-28741 Modern English - Ink And Paper album art Modern English Ink And Paper (Single) Sire 7-28741 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
4-00497 Modern English - I Melt With You / Hands Across The Sea album art Modern English I Melt With You / Hands Across The Sea (Single) Sire, 4AD 4-00497 US 1989 Sell This Version