Modern English

Modern English

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. They released "Pillow Lips" on the TVT label in 1990, Robbie Grey and band member Ted Mason co wrote and produced a second release for TVT though it received very little enthusiasm from the label. Locked into contractual obligations, Grey subsequently put the band on hold to study and travel, leaving Mason to handle the legal issues. In 1995, Modern English again re-formed with the line up of Matthew Shipley (Keyboards) Ted Mason (Guitar) and of course, Robbie Grey. They recorded "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 is being released by Darla with a US tour at the planning stage.
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Modern English Discography


POW 6009 Modern English Mesh & Lace (Album) 4AD POW 6009 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
205 759 Modern English After The Snow (Album) 4AD, 4AD 205 759 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
70 220 Modern English Ricochet Days (Album, EP) 4AD 70 220 France 1984 Sell This Version
25343-1 Modern English Stop Start (Album) Sire 25343-1 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
NC 012 Modern English LIVE Concert(Vinyl, Promo) BBE Sound NC 012 US 1986 Sell This Version
2810-2, 12810-2 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) Imago (3) 72787-23004-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
none Modern English In Concert(File, MP3, Album) Cleopatra none US 2008
DRL238 Modern English Soundtrack(CD, Album) Darla Records DRL238 US 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

LMP 2 Modern English Drowning Man / Silent World(7", Single) Limp Records LMP 2 UK 1979 Sell This Version
AD 15 Modern English Gathering Dust (Single) 4AD AD 15 UK 1980 Sell This Version
AD 6, K11486 Modern English / Pete Townshend Modern English / Pete Townshend - Swans On Glass (Single) 4AD AD 6, K11486 UK 1980 Sell This Version
AD 110 Modern English Smiles And Laughter (Single) 4AD AD 110 UK 1981 Sell This Version
INT 110.144 Modern English I Melt With You (Single, Maxi) 4AD INT 110.144 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
BAD 208 Modern English Life In The Gladhouse(12") 4AD BAD 208 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7-29598, AAA 1777DJM Modern English Someone's Calling (Single) 4AD 7-29598, AAA 1777DJM US 1982 Sell This Version
SOV2336 Modern English Hands Across The Sea (Single) Sire SOV2336 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
AD 401 Modern English Chapter 12 (Single, Maxi) 4AD AD 401 UK 1983 Sell This Version
PRO-A-2150 Modern English Rainbow's End(12", Promo) Sire, 4AD PRO-A-2150 US 1984 Sell This Version
7-28741 Modern English Ink And Paper (Single) Sire 7-28741 US 1986 Sell This Version
4-00497 Modern English I Melt With You / Hands Across The Sea (Single) Sire, 4AD 4-00497 US 1989 Sell This Version
TVT2812-4 Modern English I Melt With You (Maxi, Single, EP) TVT Records TVT2812-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
TVT 2814-1 Modern English Life's Rich Tapestry (Single) TVT Records TVT 2814-1 US 1990 Sell This Version
tvt2815 Modern English Beautiful People (Maxi, Single) TVT Records tvt2815 US 1991 Sell This Version
DRL241 Modern English Blister EP(4xFile, MP3, EP) Darla Records DRL241 US 2010