Catherine Wheel


Catherine Wheel

Infobox musical artist
Name = Catherine Wheel


Img_capt =
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Great Yarmouth, England
Genre = Grunge, Alternative rock, Shoegaze
Years_active = 1990–2000
Label = Fontana Wilde Club Columbia
URL = [http://www.catherinewheel.com Official site]
Current_members = Rob Dickinson Brian Futter Dave Hawes (1990 to ca. 1999) Neil Sims
Past_members = Ben Ellis (ca. 1999-2000)
Unofficial_members = Tim Friese-Greene (production, keyboards)

Catherine Wheel were a four-piece alternative rock band from Great Yarmouth, England. The band was active from 1990 to 2000, experiencing fluctuating levels of commercial success, and embarking on many lengthy tours.

They are perhaps best known for their eerie and epic song "Black Metallic."

Biography

Catherine Wheel formed in 1990, comprising singer/guitarist Rob Dickinson, guitarist Brian Futter, bassist Dave Hawes, and drummer Neil Sims. Hawes had previously played in a Joy Division-influenced band called Eternal. They took their moniker from the firework known as the Catherine wheel, which in turn had taken its name from the medieval torture device of the same name. The band was often included in the "shoegaze" scene, characterized by bands that made extensive use of guitar feedback and droning washes of noise, as well as their continuous interaction with extensive amounts of effects pedals on the stage floor (one source for the term "shoegazing").

The band performed a Peel session in early 1991 while still unsigned; two 12" vinyl EPs were released on the Norwich based Wilde Club Records, named after the regular weekly Wilde Club gigs run by Barry Newman at Norwich Arts Centre. They signed to major-label Fontana Records after being courted by both Creation Records and the Brian Eno-run label Opal Records. The band's debut album, 1991/92's "Ferment", made an immediate impression on the music press and introduced Catherine Wheel's biggest U.S. hit, "Black Metallic," as well as moderate hit "I Want To Touch You." [http://www.notalot.com/cwville/nwsowrld.htm] The album features re-recorded versions of some of the Wilde Club-issued EPs.

The more aggressive "Chrome" followed in 1993, produced by Gil Norton. With this album, the band began to shed its original shoegazing tag, while still making skillful use of atmospherics, such as on the song "Fripp." In a 2007 interview, Rob Dickinson said that members of Death Cab for Cutie and Interpol told him that without this album, their bands "wouldn't exist." [ [http://www.thestar.com/artsentertainment/article/176393] Rayner, Ben - "Behind the Wheel: Catherine Wheel's Rob Dickinson finds there is still air in the tires" - review from The Toronto Star; URL accessed March 5, 2007]

1995's "Happy Days" saw the band delving further into metallic hard rock, which alienated a portion of their fanbase, even as it increased their exposure in the United States during the post-grunge era. [ [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:o3rc287t055a~T10] Kellerman, Andy - "Happy Days" review from Allmusic.com; URL accessed February 17, 2006] The single "Waydown," and especially its plane-crash themed video, received heavy play in the U.S. A more sedate strain of rock known as Britpop was taking over in the U.K., causing C.W. to continue to have greater success abroad than at home.

The B-sides and outtakes collection, "Like Cats and Dogs", came out the following year, revealing a quieter, more contemplative side of the band, spanning the previous five years. This carried over into "Adam and Eve" in 1997, wherein the band scaled back the sonic force of their sound from its "Happy Days" levels while retaining the clean, stripped down playing they had begun to favorFact|date=February 2007, featuring extensive use of keyboards and acoustic guitars.

In 2000, Catherine Wheel re-emerged with a new record label, a new bassist (Ben Ellis); a modified name ("The" Catherine Wheel); and a new album, "Wishville". After mixed reviews, record company turmoil [ [http://www.chartattack.com/damn/2000/07/1106.cfm] Bento, Debbie - "The Wheels Are Falling Off The Catherine Wheel's Momentum - "ChartAttack"; URL accessed March 5, 2007] and lackluster sales, the band went on a still-continuing hiatus.

Post-Catherine Wheel work

Futter and Sims have an ongoing project called 50 ft Monster. Ellis is in a new band called Serafin. After working with/ playing live with Tracy Bonham for several years, Dickinson released a solo album in 2005 called "Fresh Wine for the Horses". Rob continues to perform live and has recently signed a recording contract with Universal Music Canada.

Additional information

*The band toured the U.K., Europe, and U.S. with such artists as Slowdive, Levitation, Blur, The God Machine, Soup Dragons, The House of Love, INXS, Charlatans U.K., Jeff Buckley, Buffalo Tom, Belly/Tanya Donelly, Geneva, Starlings, Bang Bang Machine, The Connells, Headswim, Smashing Pumpkins, Jonathan Fire*Eater, Radiator, and Gwen Mars.
*Dickinson has stated that "Black Metallic" was about a car, not a woman [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=33:dyk0ion6bbc9] .
*Storm Thorgerson and his design team Hipgnosis did most of the band's album and single cover artwork.
*Rob Dickinson has mentioned many times that Bruce Dickinson came to Catherine Wheel's first-ever live performance wearing a neon orange jumpsuit; he stood in the front row, stone-faced, glaring at the band while they played.
*The music video for "Waydown" was critiqued by Beavis and Butt-head. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_musicians_appearing_on_Beavis_and_Butt-Head]
*"Ferment" and "Judy Staring At The Sun" were both about the same woman's heroin addiction. (She is referred to as the alias "Judy" in each song.)
*A fan (not Futter) ran a website for many years titled "I Can't Believe It's Not Futter", which disseminated satirical info about Catherine Wheel and its band members.
*Producer/keyboardist Tim Friese-Greene was often considered the band's unofficial fifth member.
*Dickinson has stated that Talk Talk's "Spirit of Eden" is his favorite album ever; he used a line from its song "Eden" ("Everybody needs someone to live by") as a primary lyric in C.W.'s 1995 song "Heal."

References

Discography

tudio albums

*"Ferment" (1992) #39 UK
*"Chrome" (1993) #26 Heatseekers (U.S.)
*"Happy Days" (1995) #163 US, #5 Heatseekers (U.S.)
*"Adam and Eve" (1997) #178 US, #11 Heatseekers (U.S.)
*"Wishville" (2000) #25 Heatseekers (U.S.)

EPs

* 1991 "She's My Friend" Wilde Club
* 1991 "Painful Thing" Wilde Club
* 1991 "Black Metallic" Fontana #68 UK, #9 U.S. Modern Rock
* 1992 "Balloon" Fontana #59 UK
* 1992 "I Want to Touch You" Fontana #35 UK, #20 U.S. Modern Rock
* 1992 "30 Century Man" Fontana #47 UK
* 1993 "Crank" Fontana #66 UK, #5 U.S. Modern Rock
* 1993 "Show Me Mary" Fontana #62 UK
* 1995 "Judy Staring at the Sun" Fontana #22 U.S. Modern Rock
* 1995 "Waydown" Fontana #67 UK, #15 U.S. Modern Rock, #24 Mainstream Rock
* 1997 "Delicious" Chrysalis #53 UK
* 1998 "Ma Solituda" Chrysalis #53 UK
* 1998 "Broken Nose" Chrysalis #48 UK
* 2000 "Sparks are Gonna Fly" #37 U.S. Modern Rock

ingles

*"Black Metallic" (1991)
*"30 Century Man" (1992)
*"Balloon" (1992)
*"Shallow" (live promo) (1992)

Compilation album

*"Like Cats and Dogs" (1996) #36 Heatseekers (U.S.)

Music videos

External links

* [http://www.robdickinson.com/ www.robdickinson.com]
* [http://www.myspace.com/robdickinson www.myspace.com/robdickinson]
* [http://www.catherinewheel.com/discography.html Discography]
* [http://www.catherinewheel.com/gig.html Concert chronology]
* [http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/texture/ Texture — CW discussion group]
* [http://www.cwcovercomp.com/ Catherine Wheel Cover Compilation project]
* [http://www.thurbz.com/cw/jukebox/ Catherine Wheel Jukebox] and lyrics
* [http://www.catherinewheel.com/content_gfx/clipping2.jpg1993 gig flyer]
* [http://www.lewisslade.com/catherinewheel lewisslade.com/catherinewheel]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Catherine wheel — may refer to:* Catherine wheel or breaking wheel, an instrument of torturous execution associated with Saint Catherine of Alexandria * Catherine wheel (firework), a type of spinning firework * Catherine wheel (window), a type of spoked circular… …   Wikipedia

  • Catherine wheel — Cath er*ine wheel [So called from St. Catherine of Alexandria, who is represented with a wheel, in allusion to her martyrdom.] 1. (Geoth.Arth.) Same as {Rose window} and {Wheel window}. Called also {Catherine wheel window}. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Catherine Wheel — war eine britische Band aus Great Yarmouth, England. Sie benannten sich nach einem Feuerwerkskörper, dem Feuerrad (engl.: Catherine Wheel ). Die Band formierte sich 1990 in der Besetzung Rob Dickinson (Gesang, Gitarre), Brian Futter (Gitarre),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Catherine-wheel — /kathˈ(ə )rin (h)wēl/ noun 1. A rotating firework 2. A rose window (architecture) 3. A wheel set round with teeth (heraldry) 4. A sidewise somersault ORIGIN: From St Catherine of Alexandria (4c), who survived torture on a wheel …   Useful english dictionary

  • Catherine wheel — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a firework in the form of a spinning coil. ORIGIN named after St Catherine, who was martyred on a spiked wheel …   English terms dictionary

  • Catherine wheel — n. [orig., a spiked wheel symbolizing the instrument of torture involved in the martyrdom of CATHERINE2 Saint of Alexandria] [also c w ] PINWHEEL (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • Catherine wheel — noun a) A breaking wheel. her tortures consisted of being broken on a wheel (later called Catherine wheel), but the machine broke down injuring bystanders; Catherine was beheaded. b) The image of a breaking wheel, or wheel with spikes on it. She… …   Wiktionary

  • catherine wheel — UK [ˈkæθrɪn ˌwiːl] / US [ˈkæθrɪn ˌwɪl] / US [ˈkæθrɪn ˌhwɪl] noun [countable] Word forms catherine wheel : singular catherine wheel plural catherine wheels British a circular firework (= an object that burns to produce coloured light and noise)… …   English dictionary

  • Catherine wheel — Rose Rose, n. [AS. rose, L. rosa, probably akin to Gr. ?, Armor. vard, OPer. vareda; and perhaps to E. wort: cf. F. rose, from the Latin. Cf. {Copperas}, {Rhododendron}.] 1. A flower and shrub of any species of the genus {Rosa}, of which there… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catherine wheel — [[t]kæ̱θərɪn (h)wiːl[/t]] catherine wheels N COUNT A catherine wheel is a firework in the shape of a circle which spins round and round …   English dictionary