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Blindside

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blindside is a hardcore band from Stockholm, Sweden. They formed in 1994 as "Underfree" and kept that name for two years before releasing their debut EP in 1996. All members are Christian, and it is evident in their lyrics ("I thought about Your love"; "I caught a glimpse of Your eye"), among countless other examples.

In 1997, Solid State Records got a hold of the EP, and signed blindside to a record deal. The first album, which was self-titled, was released to American audiences. In 1998, Tooth & Nail Records issued a new EP, titled Empty Box.

In 2000, A Thought Crushed My Mind was released. It was their final album for Solid State, after lackluster sales of the two albums. P.O.D. soon started endorsing blindside (actually, they were doing so since 1998) and signed them to Elektra Records under the imprint, 3 Points.

2002 saw the release of blindside's next album, Silence. It generated minor hits in "Sleepwalking", "Pitiful", and "Caught a Glimpse". In 2003 they toured with Hoobastank in support of the album.

Then in 2004, About a Burning Fire was released. It has generated a minor hit in All of Us. In late 2004, it was announced that blindside were leaving Elektra Records per the band's request.

In 2003, the Warner Music Group was sold to private investors, and employees lost jobs as a result. Therefore, the label couldn't support them anymore. Thankfully the Blindside Union and P.O.D. Warriors are doing more than enough to help out. blindside sold out five of the shows they headlined this Summer (2004).

However, the headlining tour was marred by a couple of incidents. First, their tour bus crashed, and was in disrepair, so they were forced to rent a van. Second, their last show in Bartlesville, OK had to be cancelled. They went in to a restaurant after their show in Dallas, TX, and when they came out, they found every thing in their rental van stolen, including their passports and whatever money they had.

Members

  • Christian Lindskog - Vocals
  • Simon Grenehed - Guitar
  • Tomas Naslund - Bass
  • Marcus Dahlstrom - Drums

Discography

  • 1997 - Blindside
  • 2000 - A Thought Crushed My Mind
  • 2003 - Silence
  • 2004 - About a Burning Fire

Billboard chart positions, by song

  • Pitiful, Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #18
  • Pitiful, Modern rock tracks, peaked at #36
  • Sleepwalking, Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #31

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First, their tour bus crashed, and was in disrepair, so they were forced to rent a van. Second, their last show in Bartlesville, OK had to be cancelled. They went in to a restaurant after their show in Dallas, TX, and when they came out, they found every thing in their rental van stolen, including their passports and whatever money they had. It was composed partly of re-recorded material and partly new, and failed to make an impact. However, the headlining tour was marred by a couple of incidents. In 1995 a comeback album entitled Rainbow Nation was released. blindside sold out five of the shows they headlined this Summer (2004). A very catchy single called Hit That Perfect Beat managed, amazingly, to equal the two previous biggest hits by making Number 3 in the UK charts, but one solitary Top 20 hit followed, plus the listless album Truthdare Doubledare, before the band's demise. Warriors are doing more than enough to help out. Bronski Beat recruited John Foster as Somerville's replacement, a singer of less stage presence, charisma and a deeper and more unprovocative voice.

Thankfully the Blindside Union and P.O.D. He teamed up with Coles to form the Communards and in 1986 outsold all other singles in the UK with their version of Don't Leave Me This Way. Therefore, the label couldn't support them anymore. Presumably this related to internal politics rather than the lyrical direction of the band, as his new project relied almost entirely on unpolitical songs and cover versions - and they were a huge success in doing so. In 2003, the Warner Music Group was sold to private investors, and employees lost jobs as a result. Shortly afterwards, Somerville quit the band, stating he wanted a career which was "more political". In late 2004, it was announced that blindside were leaving Elektra Records per the band's request. It reached Number 3 in the UK charts, equalling the feats of Smalltown Boy, and was memorably described by one critic as "the gayest record ever made".

It has generated a minor hit in All of Us. The full version was actually a medley, also incorporating snippets of Love To Love You baby and Johnny Remember Me. Then in 2004, About a Burning Fire was released. In 1985, the trio joined up with Marc Almond to record a version of the Donna Summer classic I Feel Love. In 2003 they toured with Hoobastank in support of the album. Playing the clarinet solos in the song was Richard Coles, with whom Somerville would later team up to form the Communards. It generated minor hits in "Sleepwalking", "Pitiful", and "Caught a Glimpse". It Ain't Necessarily So, a song which questioned the authenticity of Biblical tales, reached the UK Top 20.

2002 saw the release of blindside's next album, Silence. A third single was released from it, again causing controversy. soon started endorsing blindside (actually, they were doing so since 1998) and signed them to Elektra Records under the imprint, 3 Points. At the time, the age of consent for gay men in the UK was 21. P.O.D. The sleeve inside listed the varying ages of consent for homosexual sex in different nations around the world. It was their final album for Solid State, after lackluster sales of the two albums. At the end of 1984, the trio released an album which was provocatively titled The Age Of Consent.

In 2000, A Thought Crushed My Mind was released. Again, it made the Top 10 in the UK. In 1998, Tooth & Nail Records issued a new EP, titled Empty Box. The song quickly established the trio as an outlet for gay issues - all three members were gay - and the follow-up single Why? pursued the same energetic and electronic formula musically, while the lyrics centred more centrally and darkly on anti-gay prejudice. The first album, which was self-titled, was released to American audiences. Called Smalltown Boy, it peaked at Number 3 in the UK and was accompanied by a memorable video of Somerville leaving home, forlornly eating a plum on a train, being attacked by a homophobic gang and being returned to his family by the police. In 1997, Solid State Records got a hold of the EP, and signed blindside to a record deal. Formed in 1983, their debut hit came the following year - the striking tale of a boy who was cast away by his family and neighbours for being gay.

All members are Christian, and it is evident in their lyrics ("I thought about Your love"; "I caught a glimpse of Your eye"), among countless other examples. At their height, the band comprised of distinctive and diminutive singer Jimmy Somerville, backed by Steve Bronski and Larry Steinbacheck, both of whom played keyboards and percussion. They formed in 1994 as "Underfree" and kept that name for two years before releasing their debut EP in 1996. Bronski Beat were a popular British synth pop trio of the early 1980s. blindside is a hardcore band from Stockholm, Sweden. Sleepwalking, Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #31.

Pitiful, Modern rock tracks, peaked at #36. Pitiful, Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #18. 2004 - About a Burning Fire. 2003 - Silence.

2000 - A Thought Crushed My Mind. 1997 - Blindside. Marcus Dahlstrom - Drums. Tomas Naslund - Bass.

Simon Grenehed - Guitar. Christian Lindskog - Vocals.

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