DODGY SINGER QUITS TO FOLLOW PERSONAL PATH

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NIGEL CLARK is leaving Dodgy to pursue his own projects...

Dodgy singer NIGEL CLARK (far right in photo) is leaving the band to concentrate on solo projects.

Drummer Mathew Priest (left in pic) and guitarist Andy Miller – who’s recently been playing in Bernard Butler’s touring band – plan to continue working together, possibly under the name Dodgy. The band’s management say the split is amicable but are unable to give any more specific reasons, saying the matter is currently in the hands of lawyers. Dodgy’s last live show will be at the Guildford Festival on August 8.

Clark said: “I just got bored of a band set-up. I think when you’ve just got guitar and drums and that, it just gets boring. I’ve been doing samplers and stuff like that for a while and I found it more encouraging and exciting.”

Asked about the situation regarding the name Dodgy, Clark told NME: “It’s a weird one. I’m the singer and I wrote the songs. There might be a legal problem. I’m still talking to them. It’s sort of amicable. It’s a bit of a shock for them. Everyone got a bit defensive when I said I was leaving.”

When asked whether Clark would be replaced, Dodgy manager Andy Winters said: “We’ve got some ideas as to a singer but Andy has also been singing on some of the tracks they’ve been recording recently, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Dodgy’s final single featuring Nigel will be ‘All The Hours’, produced by Ian Broudie. The B-sides were recorded at Christmas in the War Child studio in Mostar, Bosnia, and will be confirmed next week. The band’s previous UK releases were on A&M Records. However, the A&M UK label was closed on Monday (June 15) and the release of ‘All The Hours’ has been transferred to Mercury Records.

A double CD anthology ‘A’s And Killer B’s’, featuring all the band’s singles plus live favourites and rare and unreleased material, will be released on August 27.

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