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

Modern English - Mesh & Lace album art Modern English Mesh & Lace (Album) 4AD Australia 1981 Sell This Version
Modern English - After The Snow album art Modern English After The Snow (Album) 4AD, 4AD UK 1982 Sell This Version
Modern English - Live - 5/22/83 album art Modern English / Chris de Burgh Modern English / Chris de Burgh - Live - 5/22/83(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour US 1983 Sell This Version
Modern English - Ricochet Days album art Modern English Ricochet Days (Album, EP) 4AD France 1984 Sell This Version
Modern English - Stop Start album art Modern English Stop Start (Album) Sire Australia 1986 Sell This Version
Modern English - SPIN Radio Concert album art Modern English SPIN Radio Concert(LP, Promo) Spin (8) US 1986 Sell This Version
Modern English - Pillow Lips album art Modern English Pillow Lips (Album) TVT Records, TVT Records US 1990 Sell This Version
Modern English - Everything's Mad album art Modern English Everything's Mad (Album) Imago (3) US 1996 Sell This Version
Modern English - In Concert album art Modern English In Concert(12xFile, MP3, Album) Cleopatra US 2008
Modern English - Soundtrack album art Modern English Soundtrack (Album) Darla Records US 2010 Sell This Version
Modern English - Take Me To The Trees album art Modern English Take Me To The Trees (Album) Not On Label (Modern English Self-released) Europe 2016 Sell This Version
Modern English - Modern English album art Modern English Modern English(CDr, Album) Madacy Entertainment US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Modern English - Drowning Man / Silent World album art Modern English Drowning Man / Silent World(7", Single) Limp Records UK 1979 Sell This Version
Modern English - Gathering Dust album art Modern English Gathering Dust (Single) 4AD UK 1980 Sell This Version
Modern English - Swans On Glass album art Modern English Swans On Glass (Single) 4AD UK 1980 Sell This Version
Modern English - Smiles And Laughter album art Modern English Smiles And Laughter (Single) 4AD UK 1981 Sell This Version
Modern English - I Melt With You album art Modern English I Melt With You (Single, Maxi, EP) 4AD US 1982 Sell This Version
Modern English - Life In The Gladhouse album art Modern English Life In The Gladhouse(12") 4AD UK 1982 Sell This Version
Modern English - Someone's Calling album art Modern English Someone's Calling (Single) 4AD UK 1983 Sell This Version
Modern English - Chapter 12 album art Modern English Chapter 12 (Single, Maxi) 4AD UK 1983 Sell This Version
Modern English - Hands Across The Sea album art Modern English Hands Across The Sea (Single) Sire Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Modern English - Rainbow's End / Chapter 12 / Machines album art Modern English Rainbow's End / Chapter 12 / Machines(12", Promo) Sire, 4AD US 1984 Sell This Version
Modern English - Ink And Paper album art Modern English Ink And Paper (Single) Sire Australia 1986 Sell This Version
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 US 1989 Sell This Version
Modern English - Life's Rich Tapestry album art Modern English Life's Rich Tapestry (Single) TVT Records US 1990 Sell This Version