Although Spacehog's members Royston Langdon (bass; vocals), Antony Langdon (guitar; vocals) Richard Steel (guitar), and Jonny Cragg (drums) hail from Leeds, England, the band originates from New York City. One cafe in particular, "Michael and Zoey's", was the meeting place for Antony and Jonny, who noticed eachother's accents. Not long after, the two started jamming with Royston and Antony's roommate, Bob. In March 1994, Spacehog was born.
The group's first gig took place at the nearby Coup. A year to the day they met, the group signed with Seymour Stein to Sire Records. That December, two months prior to recording, Bob dropped out. Jonny then called his friend Richard, who left everything in England to join as guitarist. Their debut album together, Resident Alien, was a platinum billboard success and sold over 500,000 copies across the Atlantic, with "In the Meantime" a hit single. The album hit stores on October 24, 1995.
The Chinese Album, the band's sophomore release, was equally impressive but sold less copies following its release on March 10, 1998. It's title was inspired by a book of photos called "The Chinese Album" by Cecil Beaton, given to Antony as a gift. The album's "Chinese Club" tour began extensively in the UK, with Spacehog opening for popular acts like Supergrass and Pearl Jam. The band continued to make it popular and soon Royston began dating Liv Tyler, through whom Antony met Kate Moss and other celebrities. A "Think Chinese" campaign was sprung by fans in an effort for continued support into their third album.
Some set backs for the third album were canceled plans for the band's own film and a major record label switch to Artemis Records. It wasn't until three years later that "The Hogyssey" was released to stores on April 10, 2001. Still, it was some time well spent. The album is considered Spacehog's most mature, with lyrics gathered from complex relationships and global experiences in France, and New Zealand.
"Let the Hogyssey continue."
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Great Live Show! | Reviewer: Annie Body | 7/30/13
Saw them just the other day in St. Petersburg, FL. with the Psychedelic Furs Great show! Took a few hours drive but well worth the trip. I wasn't expecting them to be as good live as they were but WOW I had the time of My Life and their new stuff rocks! Can't wait to see them again! If you get the chance to see them live I very highly suggest you go and treat yourself to a good time!
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