Infobox musical artist
Name = Terrorvision
Background = group_or_band
Alias = Spoilt Bratz
Genre = Rock
Years_active = 1987 – 2001, 2005, 2007 -
EMI, Papillon Records
URL = [http://www.terrorvision.com/ www.terrorvision.com]
Current_members = Tony Wright
Ian "Shutty" Shuttleworth
Past_members = Josephine Ellul
:"This article refers to the band. For other uses of the name, see
Terrorvision are an English rock band. They were formed in 1987 (originally as The Spoilt Bratz) in
Keighley, disbanding in 2001. The band used Bradfordas a base after the name change to Terrorvision, by which time the band members had left home and all moved there.
The re-release of their second single, "My House" (from the album "Formaldehyde"), in
December 1993proved to be Terrorvision's breakthrough to UK singles chartsuccess, and preceded by months the release of their second album " How to Make Friends and Influence People" in April 1994. The leading single from that album, "Oblivion", was also a chart success. Indeed, all their singles achieved Top 40 entries in the UK culminating in the release of "Tequila", which reached number 2.
A video compilation, "Fired Up and Lairy", was released in April 1995, and included spoof documentary segments interspersed with all the band's videos to date. A third album, "
Regular Urban Survivors", followed in March 1996, and spawned four singles; "Perseverance" (their first Top 5 single, peaking at number 5), "Celebrity Hit List", "Bad Actress" and "Easy". Lead singer Tony Wright, possessed of a quirky and appealing sense of humour, achieved minor celebrity status in the UK during this period. He presented the BBC TVmusic show " Top of the Pops" on one occasion, and made several appearances on the comedy music quiz " Never Mind the Buzzcocks".
The band's fourth album, "Shaving Peaches", appeared in October 1998, and was seen as a departure from their pop-metal roots. It incorporated the work of several different producers, and several tracks of a more subtle tone than the band had previously been known for. The album's first single, "Josephine", had been well-received the previous month, but it was a
Mint Royaleremix of "Tequila" which was to prove to be their biggest-ever hit, reaching number 2 in the UK charts in January 1999.
The choice was a controversial one among fans. The band originally put a selection of their potential single releases to members of their official fan club, who voted in favour of "Day After Day". However, the remixed version of "Tequila" gained favour with
BBC Radio One DJ Zoe Ball, who championed its release as a single. Plans to release "Day After Day" were hastily shelved, and a video quickly shot, for the "Tequila" release. A few promo copies of the "Day After Day" single still exist.
Thus, despite having their greatest hit in 1999 with the track, they were dropped by their record label,
EMI, after the release of the album's third single, "III Wishes". It was the band's first single to fall outside the UK Top 40 since the release of "My House", six years earlier. During this time the band recruited a fifth member, Josephine Ellul, who played keyboards and sang backing vocals at live concerts.
The band signed to a smaller label, Papillon and put out a fifth studio album, "Good to Go", in 2001. The record, like all their others, was also credited to 'Total Vegas', the band's own independent imprint. A number of singles followed, but the band was unable to replicate their previous success. Their final single, "Fists of Fury", gained some notoriety for its video, which aped the cowboy-themed clip accompanying Madonna's single, "Don't Tell Me".
EMIissued "Whales and Dolphins", a greatest hits collection in 2001, and the band decided to call it a day, after a farewell tour. The 'final' concert took place at Penningtons nightclub in their hometown of Bradford, on Thursday 4 October2001, and was released with an interview DVD as a live album "Take the Money & Run - The Final Concert".
Since splitting up, singer Tony Wright has formed
Laika Dog; guitarist Mark Yates joined firstly the short-lived Boston Crabs and then formed Blunderbuss with biker bass player Sasquatch Bob, releasing one album to date, "Relentless", and has just formed yet another new band, entitled Badwolf; whilst Leigh Marklew formed Malibu Stacey who released one album "On Heat" before splitting up. Ian Shuttleworth sought employment in Leeds, serving the UK's public education sector.
The group has since reformed to play two tours in 2005, and played what was described as their 'last EVER show' at Rock In The Castle in Scarborough,
Yorkshire, on 17 September, 2005. As per usual the gig was a success with many fans left wondering why they had ever decided to call it a day, but as said by the band at the end of their first 'final tour'; "people have come to see us because they think that it'll be the last time that they can do so, if it were just another tour in support of an album, there would be hardly anybody here..."A collection of B-sides and rarities was also issued by EMI in September 2005.
Terrorvision's original recording studio in Bradford was revamped by
Grant Henderson, and launched as [http://www.ivolvdigital.com/digital.htm "Ivolv"] in the first quarter of 2006.
On 20th August 2007, guitarist Mark Yates posted on [http://www.tvcyber.co.uk TV Cyber] , the band's semi-official forum, that Terrorvision will be playing three dates in November 2007. They are: Manchester Academy 23rd Nov 07, Holmfirth Picturedrome 24th Nov 07 and Sheffield Plug 25th Nov 07. It has since been confirmed that bassist Leigh Marklew will not be joining Terrorvision on this tour and will be replaced by Danny Lambert, the singer in Mark Yates' band Blunderbuss, who are currently on hiatus.
Leigh stated that he would not be taking part in these shows in a comment on an article on the reunion at the website of [http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/display.var.1648611.0.terrorvision_set_to_reform_for_gigs.php The Telegraph & Argus] , a local newspaper that covers the West Yorkshire area. Danny Lambert was confirmed as his replacement by Sasquatch Bob, another member of Blunderbuss, at [http://www.tvcyber.co.uk/index.php?topic=98.msg564#msg564 TV Cyber] , in a response to Mark Yates' original announcement.
A recent post at [http://www.tvcyber.co.uk/index.php?topic=149.0 TV Cyber] announced that Terrorvision will be hosting a special homecoming show at the prestigious Victoria Hall in Saltaire on the 14th December 2007.
The band has since reformed for a new tour in 2008 entitled the '4 Days In May Tour' which will call at Nottingham Rock City (22nd May) Bristol Academy (23rd May) Shepherds Bush Empire (24th May) [http://www.livenation.co.uk/search/intermediateSearch/searchstring/terrorvision/] & Norwich UEA (25th May). Original bassist Leigh Marklew will once again be performing four-string duties.
*Tony Wright – Vocals - born
6 May 1968, Bradford.
*"Shutty" – Drums - born David Ian Shuttleworth,
20 March 1967.
Mark Yates– Guitars - born 4 April 1968, Bradford.
*Leigh Marklew – Bass - born
10 August 1968, Bradford.
*Josephine Ellul – Keyboards (1999-2001) - born
31 July 1978.
*Danny Lambert –
Bass/Backing Vocal(2007) - born 24 March 1983.
*Milly Evans –
Keyboards/Trumpet/Backing Vocal(2005-Present) - born 31 August 1980.
* "Thrive" (1992)
* "Problem Solved" (1993)
* [http://www.myspace.com/officialterrorvision Official Terrorvision MySpace] -
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A571547 BBC history of the band]
* [http://www.terrorvision.com/ Official Terrorvision Site] - show dates
* [http://www.markyates.co.uk/ Mark Yates Paintings and Prints]
* [http://www.malibustacey.com/ Malibu Stacey (Leigh Marklew)]
* [http://www.blunderbuss.com/ Blunderbuss (Mark Yates)]
* [http://www.laikadog.co.uk/ Laika Dog (Tony Wright)]
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