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    Gay Dad

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Bingo Nation lyrics
    2Desire lyrics
    3Oh Jim lyrics
    Gay Dad feat. Klaus Doldinger
    4Us Roach lyrics
    Nightclub lyrics
    6Twelve lyrics
    7Who's Your Daddy lyrics
    Breathe lyrics
    9Shoot Freak lyrics
    Now Always And Forever lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Transmission [2001]
    2Leisure Noise [1999]


    Gay Dad were heralded as the saviours of British rock when they shot onto the scene in early 1999. Three years and two albums later the band split, the event itself gaining hardly any column inches in the same publication which had championed the band three years previous. They were the latest victims of the now customary build 'em up and knock 'em down ways of the British music press.

    Gay Dad appeared in late 98' with a series of whirlwind gigs and created a press roar louder than the Strokes could ever create. When debut single "To Earth with Love" was released in early 99' it shot straight into the top ten. Such was the speed of their ascendancy and the expectation generated by the promise of the debut album that the band took off without packing the proverbial parachute. Despite considerable acclaim for the long player, Gay Dad also attracted more than their fair share of flack. No surprise, therefore, to find the wings shot through and starting to fall off less than a year in. Their second single "Joy!" faired less well, faltering just outside the top twenty and the third single to be lifted from the album, "Oh Jim", only made number 47 as interest waned.

    Following an extensive and relatively successful tour of America, Gay Dad began to wither under the expectation, shedding band members left, right and centre. Lead guitarist, Charley Stone was the first to leave the band and she was replaced for a short time by current Oasis bass player Andy Bell. Then during the recording of the second album keyboardist James Risbero left the band due to musical differences. Gay Dad had been stripped down to a three-piece and made their live comeback in late '00. The new material was harder and more stripped down than before with the band leaving the experimental influences, so apparent on debut album Leisure Noise, behind.

    The band had left London Records in favour of a smaller label, b-unique, where they had more control over what they released. A single, "Now, Always and Forever" was released but this failed to reach the top 40. An extensive tour was backed up by another single "Harder, Faster". The third single "Transmission" arguably one of Gay Dads best moments was released just before the second album, also entitled "Transmission" in late 01'. This, too, had disappointing sales and the album, although critically acclaimed failed to make any commercial impact.

    All went quiet, again, for six months until in June 02' stories began to surface about the band splitting and that frontman Cliff Jones was releasing a solo album towards the end of the year. What will the future hold? Well, Cliff certainly has the talent to span a long and successful solo career, away from the hype and pressures that weighed down on Gay Dad so heavily, but the main question will be as to whether or not the music press are willing to wipe the slate clean......

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