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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EX 6, CAD 105 Mesh & Lace — Modern English Modern English Mesh & Lace (Album) 4AD EX 6, CAD 105 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
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VOM-1-3324 After The Snow — Modern English Modern English After The Snow (Album) 4AD, 4AD VOM-1-3324 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
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KB 472 King Biscuit Flower Hour — Modern English 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
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70 220 Ricochet Days — Modern English Modern English Ricochet Days (Album, EP) 4AD 70 220 France 1984 Sell This Version
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KB-521 King Biscuit Flower Hour — Modern English 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
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25343-1 Stop Start — Modern English Modern English Stop Start (Album) Sire 25343-1 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
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NC 012 SPIN Radio Concert — Modern English Modern English SPIN Radio Concert(LP, Promo) Spin (8) NC 012 US 1986 Sell This Version
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2810-2, 12810-2 Pillow Lips — Modern English Modern English Pillow Lips (Album) TVT Records, TVT Records 2810-2, 12810-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
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72787-23004-2 Everything's Mad — Modern English Modern English Everything's Mad (Album) Imago (3) 72787-23004-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
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none In Concert — Modern English Modern English In Concert(12xFile, MP3, Album) Cleopatra none US 2008
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none Modern English — Modern English Modern English Modern English(CDr, Album) Madacy Entertainment none US 2009 Sell This Version
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DRL238 Soundtrack — Modern English Modern English Soundtrack (Album) Darla Records DRL238 US 2010 Sell This Version
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IKM-ME01CD Take Me To The Trees — Modern English Modern English Take Me To The Trees (Album) Not On Label (Modern English Self-released) IKM-ME01CD UK, Europe & US 2016 Sell This Version
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IKM-ME02CD After The Snow (Live From Indigo At The O2) — Modern English Modern English After The Snow (Live From Indigo At The O2) (Album) Mesh & Lace Recordings LLC IKM-ME02CD US 2021 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

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