Infobox musical artist
Name = Republica
Background = group_or_band
Alternative dance Dance-punk Techno Alternative rock Electronica
Years_active = c 1994-1998
URL = [http://www.republica.com/ republica.com]
Past_members = Tim Dorney
Republica were an English band formed in 1994. The height of their popularity spanned from 1996 to 1998. The Republica
soundwas described by the band as " techno-pop punk rock", although " Melody Maker" took to calling it " electronica", a label which stuck as a genre category.
Republica was started by former
Flowered Upkeyboard player Tim Dorney and Andy Todd, and quickly came to popular attention with their first single " Ready to Go" and its follow-up "Drop Dead Gorgeous". The lead singer, Saffron, was previously a lead vocalist on N-Joi's rave crossover pop hit, "Anthem", in 1990.
The band's self-titled first album was released in July 1996 and reached #4 in the album charts. However, their follow-up 1998 album "
Speed Ballads" and its lead single, "From Rush Hour With Love", reached only #37 and #20 respectively. The group is rumoured to have dissolved shortly afterwards but has never officially stated this. The last message to fans in late 1999 via their official website stated "Republica are not recording at this time".
The band suffered when their label,
Deconstruction Records, folded shortly after the release of "Speed Ballads". Deconstruction's back catalogue was swallowed up by BMG, who released a "Best Of" album. On finding out about the release of "Ready To Go - the best of Republica", Saffron promptly posted a statement on her new band's website that said "To all the fans, don't be fooled by this shoddy release. It's completely unofficial, the band had no dealings whatsoever with its release, we were not even informed. The track listing isn't one we'd have picked, the cover photos are so way out of date, poor in quality and overall it won't contribute to us bringing out a brand new album".Fact|date=February 2007Republica has not released any new material since the release of the "Best Of" album, and, while the bandmembers' pursuit of solo projects would imply the band has split, their official website merely states that they are "not recording at this time" [ [http://www.republica.com/ http://www.republica.com] ] .
During their lifetime, the group attracted much positive press coverage. Emerging after a wave of female-fronted
rock bands (such as Elastica, Lush, Sleeper, Echobellyand Kenickie), it had, like Garbage, a notably more aggressive and electronic sound.
Saffron was born in
Nigeriaand claims Portuguese, Chinese and English ancestry. Outside of the band, she was also the featured vocalist on The Prodigy's "Fuel My Fire", from their 1997 album " The Fat of the Land".
More recently, Saffron provided guest vocals on Parka's first album "Attack of the Hundred Yard Hardman" on the track "DJ In The Corner".
* Saffron - (Samantha Sprackling, born
3 June 1968, Ibadan, Nigeria) - vocals
Tim Dorney- (born 30 March 1965, Ascot, Berkshire) - keyboards
Andy Todd- keyboardist
Johnny Male- (born 10 October 1963, Windsor, Berkshire) - guitar(formerly of One Little Indian Records's Soul Family Sensation and Sensation)
Pete Riley- drums
David Barbarossa- drums (formerly of Bow Wow Wow, and Adam & the Ants)
John Lane(Lovett) - guitar
Former members' later projects
* Saffron recorded the songs "Crusher", "Spirits", and "Beauty Never Fades" on
Junkie XL's 2003 album "".
* In 2001 Saffron worked with
The Cureon two tracks for their Greatest Hits album and features in the video for " Just Say Yes".
* In 2005, Saffron was working on a new band called Swarm.
* Keyboard player Tim Dorney briefly reunited with fellow former Flowered Up band member Liam Maher, but they split up in late 2002. Flowered Up tried to re-form in 2007 but Dorney refused, causing the cancellation of a planned reunion tour. He is currently working as a painter and decorator and working on Contra Mundum with Jonny Male releases in early 2008 on White Label.
* The Republica website states that Johnny Male is now part of a band called Cheap Glue, but no more details have emerged. JMale also co-wrote tracks for "Lipslide", the 1997 solo album by
Sarah Cracknellof Saint Etienne and "Reach" by S Club 7. He has recently moved to Tobagowhere he continues to write songs.
*Note: A U.S. release date was set for "Speed Ballads" for Jan. 1999 but Deconstruction records went out of business in late 1998 so this never occurred.Fact|date=June 2008
List of alternative music artists
* [http://www.republica.com/ Official website] (Swarm link for Saffron no longer working)
* [http://www.republica.org.uk Fanclub Republica website] (appears to be dead)
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Bor4zefbk7gf2 All Music Guide entry for Republica]
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