Thunderpuss

Thunderpuss is the (mainly dance) remix/production team of music producers Barry Harris and Carl Cox. Harris, an openly gay musician and DJ, had worked previously as part of several music groups, including Kon Kan, Top Kat, Killer Bunnies and Outta Control, and had also released several singles himself. Cox, an openly straight musician and DJ, had also worked for years as a DJ and producer, producing a megamix of Paula Abdul songs, among other things, and started his own record label, Interhit Records, with Jeff Johnson.

Harris & Cox originally met in the late '80s and remained friends for years, with Harris eventually joining Cox at Interhit. They didn't start working together as a production team until late 1997, though. Their first project as Thunderpuss was a cover of the song "I Just Wanna Be Your Everything", with Thea Austin, formerly of Snap! performing vocals. They also produced Engelbert Humperdinck's 1998 album The Dance Album, but did not use the name Thunderpuss.

Over the course of almost six years, Thunderpuss had a very successful career as remixers and producers. Their biggest remix success was a hit remix of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" by Whitney Houston. They also produced hit remixes of songs by Mary J. Blige ("No More Drama" & "Rainy Dayz", with Ja Rule), CÚline Dion ("I Want You To Need Me"), Stacie Orrico ("Stuck"), and Kim English ("Higher Things"), among others. They also produced original songs for various artists, including Abigail ("Let The Joy Rise And If It Don't Fit"), Amber ("Taste The Tears"), and Soluna.

Thunderpuss also put out several singles themselves as artists, including "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag", a fully electronic dance cover of the "Pigbag" song, "Stand Up" (with Latanza Waters), and "FMH" (under the artist name Harris & Cox). They split up in late 2003 and both men are pursuing DJ/remix/production work on their own. Harris mashed up songs by Billy Squier and Fischerspooner to create the song "Everybody Wants You To Emerge" for the Queer Eye For The Straight Guy soundtrack, and Cox recently remixed the Michelle Branch single "Breathe".

Cox also found solo success for himself with his own 2000 single, "Phuture 2000".


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Cox also found solo success for himself with his own 2000 single, "Phuture 2000". Nick McCabe has mostly remained quiet after the breakup, although he has recently worked with a few artists, notably John Martin and Leeds based band, The Music. Harris mashed up songs by Billy Squier and Fischerspooner to create the song "Everybody Wants You To Emerge" for the Queer Eye For The Straight Guy soundtrack, and Cox recently remixed the Michelle Branch single "Breathe". Richard Ashcroft has also enjoyed a successful solo career, debuting with 2000's Alone With Everybody, followed by Human Conditions in 2002. They split up in late 2003 and both men are pursuing DJ/remix/production work on their own. Tong has also appeared as a live replacement for departed Graham Coxon in Blur. Thunderpuss also put out several singles themselves as artists, including "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag", a fully electronic dance cover of the "Pigbag" song, "Stand Up" (with Latanza Waters), and "FMH" (under the artist name Harris & Cox). After the band's final collapse, Simon Jones and Simon Tong formed a new group called The Shining along with former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire.

They also produced original songs for various artists, including Abigail ("Let The Joy Rise And If It Don't Fit"), Amber ("Taste The Tears"), and Soluna. After a year of inactivity, the Verve officially announced the end to their careers in 1999. Blige ("No More Drama" & "Rainy Dayz", with Ja Rule), CÚline Dion ("I Want You To Need Me"), Stacie Orrico ("Stuck"), and Kim English ("Higher Things"), among others. Ashcroft was unable to exude his powerful stage presence when playing the guitar, and the live shows lacked the energy that existed when the talented McCabe was onstage. They also produced hit remixes of songs by Mary J. Ashcroft took the duties of lead guitar for the rest of the tour, which resulted in unfavorable reviews for the band. Their biggest remix success was a hit remix of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" by Whitney Houston. Things got worse when Nick McCabe suddenly pulled from the tour and decided he couldn't tolerate the constant life on the road any longer (some speculate that the incident with Jones and McCabe's relationship with Ashcroft were the reasons).

Over the course of almost six years, Thunderpuss had a very successful career as remixers and producers. Then, as the band was on a very successful tour to promote the album, bassist Simon Jones collapsed on stage. They also produced Engelbert Humperdinck's 1998 album The Dance Album, but did not use the name Thunderpuss. ABKCO Music, which runs the Rolling Stones' back catalog, and which had warned The Verve against using the Rolling Stones sample in "Bittersweet Symphony," successfully sued the Verve for 100% of the royalties for "Bitter Sweet Symphony"; further, as a result of the lawsuit, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were given songwriting credits and full publishing rights to the song, which later appeared in a Nike commercial against The Verve's will. Their first project as Thunderpuss was a cover of the song "I Just Wanna Be Your Everything", with Thea Austin, formerly of Snap! performing vocals. Despite their success, turmoil was still a constant reality for the band. They didn't start working together as a production team until late 1997, though. The release of Urban Hymns was considered by many a classic that kept the wave of Britpop rolling for at least a few more years.

Harris & Cox originally met in the late '80s and remained friends for years, with Harris eventually joining Cox at Interhit. Once the kings of the rock world, Oasis was nowhere to be seen with their lackluster effort, Be Here Now, while their rivals Blur decided to progress away from Britpop and focused their attention on the American Indie Rock scene. Cox, an openly straight musician and DJ, had also worked for years as a DJ and producer, producing a megamix of Paula Abdul songs, among other things, and started his own record label, Interhit Records, with Jeff Johnson. The state of Britpop was in question. Harris, an openly gay musician and DJ, had worked previously as part of several music groups, including Kon Kan, Top Kat, Killer Bunnies and Outta Control, and had also released several singles himself. The timing of the release couldn't have been better. Thunderpuss is the (mainly dance) remix/production team of music producers Barry Harris and Carl Cox. Urban Hymns propelled the Verve from merely critical darlings to one of the UK's most popular bands.

The song, which borrows a looped sample of a symphonic recording of the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time", was the soundtrack for many in the summer of 1997 and is considered one of the finest songs ever written. The single was also very popular in the US, topping the charts at #12 (their highest position ever in the Billboards). It entered the UK charts at #2 and remained on the charts for 3 months. The first single off Urban Hymns, "Bitter Sweet Symphony", was an instant hit.

Not only was the album a hit in the UK, but the band also "broke" into the US and most of the world. For the first time in their careers, the Verve not only received very strong critical reviews, but they also experienced major commercial success. With the band back together, the group went through a "spiritual" recording process to finish the epic Britpop classic, Urban Hymns. In 1997, Nick McCabe returned to the fold (a crucial moment for the band).

Ashcroft, Jones, Salisbury, and Tong went ahead and started writing songs for the upcoming album. As a replacement, the band chose old Wigan schoolmate Simon Tong to fill in the lead guitar duties for the remainder of the tour. Although Ashcroft reunited the group just a few weeks after the breakup, McCabe refused to rejoin the lineup. The disappointing album sales and his strained relationship with Nick McCabe resulted in Richard Ashcroft breaking up the band.

Blur rivalry instead of focusing on the Verve's album. The rise of Britpop had captivated the UK in the mid-90s and the media had their attention on the Oasis vs. Despite the critical praise the album received, the band once again experienced a lack of commercial success. The latter two singles were particularly new for the Verve as they dabbled with soulful ballads, a formula that would make their final album such a success.

The singles "This Is Music", "On Your Own", and "History" all reached the UK Top 40. When A Northern Soul was released, it received very strong reviews. The band broke new ground by departing from the neo-psychedelic sounds of A Storm in Heaven and instead recorded a powerful British alternative rock album. In ways that only good music and bad drugs and mixed emotions can make". In great ways and terrible ways.

Richard Ashcroft later described the recording experience as "Four intense, mad months. Really insane. The massive intake of drugs (particularly Ecstasy) and the strained relationship between Ashcroft and McCabe during the sessions took its toll on the band. The turmoil continued well into the recording sessions of the follow-up album, 1995's A Northern Soul. After the tour, the Jazz label Verve sued the band for copyright infringements and forced the group to officially change their name to The Verve.

The tour was disastrous for the group as Ashcroft was hospitalized for dehydration while Salisbury was arrested for destroying a hotel room in Kansas. The single "Slide Away" topped indie rock charts and made enough of a splash across the Atlantic to score the Verve a spot in the successful 90s alternative rock festival, Lollapalooza, in 1994. However, critics and the indie rock community hailed the LP for its expansive sound, particularly regarding Nick McCabe's unique and mind-blowing guitar work. The whirling psychedelic sound of the album wasn’t radio friendly in the eyes of the music industry and the general pop audience.

1993's A Storm in Heaven, the band's full-length debut, was a critical hit (both in the UK and the US), but failed to attract a broader audience. The Verve EP was positively received and established the Verve as cult favorites with epic songs like "Gravity Grave" and "A Man Called Sun". With Ashcroft's song-writing skills and McCabe's unique and impressive guitar work, the Verve released 1992's ethereal Verve EP on Hut Records. Led by Richard Ashcroft, an enigmatic lead singer who was rivaled by very few in the British rock scene for his stage presence and vocal abilities, the band caused a buzz in early 1991 for their ability to captivate audiences with their musical textures and sonic aptitude.

The Verve (or simply Verve as they were originally called) were formed in the small town of Wigan in 1989. Despite having to endure major breakups, health problems, drug abuse, and various lawsuits, the Verve released three successful albums and cemented a reputation as one of the most innovative and influential British rock acts of the last decade. Their rise to success did not happen overnight - the band released LPs and EPs that were critically acclaimed and highly regarded, yet worldwide commercial success eluded them for most of their career. At the height of their fame in 1997, the Verve were considered one of the finest bands from the UK and were one of the most popular groups worldwide before they abruptly called it quits in 1999.

The Verve were a British rock and roll band of the 1990s, originally formed in Wigan, England in 1989 by vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bassist Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. 1997 "Lucky Man" #7 UK. 1997 "The Drugs Don't Work" #1 UK. 1997 "Bitter Sweet Symphony" #2 UK, #12 US.

1995 "History" #24 UK. 1995 "On Your Own" #28 UK. 1995 "This Is Music" #35 UK. This is Music: The Singles 92-98 (compilation).

Urban Hymns (1997) #1 UK, #23 US. A Northern Soul (1995) #13 UK. A Storm in Heaven (1993) #27 UK.

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