Britpop bands - where are they now?

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Longpigs. Guitarist Richard Hawley has achieved acclaim as a solo artist, but singer Crispin Hunt is more successful behind the scenes, having written/co-written hits for Natalie Imbruglia ('Glorious') and several songs on Newton Faulkner's platinum-selling album 'Hand Built By Robots', including the huge radio hit 'Dream Catch Me'. Bizarrely, Hunt has also worked for The Parliament First All Party Parliamentary Group for the reform of The Houses of Parliament. Photo: Retna UK

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Gene. Martin Rossiter's crew were surprisingly long-lived. They completed a sell-out US tour as late as 2000, and didn't officially split until 2004. These days Rossiter lives in Brighton and gives piano lessons. He also has a sideline producing greetings cards. Bassist Kevin Miles now plays in a Nottingham-based blues covers band. Steve Mason and drummer Matt James formed a new band, Palace Fires, in 2006. Pic: Photoshot

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Shed Seven. Sadly best remembered for the mobile phone ad jingle "At The Link it's easy" (a rewording of their 1994 hit 'Speakeasy'), Shed Seven still have a loyal following and play intermittent live gigs, although they support themselves with day jobs in their hometown of York. Alan Leach, Paul Banks and Joe Johnson are instrumental tutors. Rick Witter earns a living as a DJ. Pic: Photoshot

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Kula Shaker. In 1996 Kula Shaker's sitar-driven debut album 'K' became the fastest-selling debut album since 'Definitely Maybe', ultimately shifting over one million copies – but their second album bombed catastrophically. After the split, Jay Darlington joined Oasis as touring keyboardist, while bassist Alonza Bevan joined Johnny Marr's band The Healers. Kula Shaker reformed in 2006, although whimsical new tracks such as 'Drink Tea (For The Love Of God)' left fans non-plussed. Photo: Retna UK

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Sleeper. After the band split in 1998, vocalist Louise Wener became a moderately successful novelist, winning acclaim for 'Goodnight Steve McQueen' in 2002. Wener ultimately married one of her famed Sleeperblokes, drummer Andy McClure. The pair occasionally play gigs together in Crouch End under the ironic band name, Huge Advance. Do you have info about a former Britpop star? Let us know at NME.COM/theoffice. Pic: Alpha

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My Life Story. After the band disbanded in 2000, foppish frontman Jake Shillingford touted himself as something of a music industry maverick, giving talks at various industry conferences. For a while he presented a show on local radio station Phoenix FM. This year, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their debut album 'Mornington Crescent', My Life Story are set to play the album in full at Camden's KOKO.

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Echobelly. After their accountant stole a reported £500,000 from the band, Echobelly still managed to set up their own record label in 2000, on which they released the album 'Gravity Pulls' in 2004. Guitarist Debbie Smith currently works in London record shop Intoxica! and is occasionally seen DJing in gay clubs. 'The Best of Echobelly: I Can't Imagine World Without Me' is out now on Sony BMG. Pic: LFI

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Suede. Since their split in 2003, guitarist Bernard Butler has gone on to great success as a producer, most notably with Duffy's debut album 'Rockferry'. Brett Anderson has released two solo albums, while bassist Mat Osman edits London email magazine, ‘Le Cool'. In February 2009, Butler decribed the recent wave of Britpop reunions as "embarrassing". Pic: Photoshot

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Ultrasound. Following the band’s demise in 1999, singer Andrew “Tiny” Wood went on to form a new band called Siren, who gigged in London and Newcastle between 2002 to 2005. It didn't really take off. These days Tiny works as a chef in a veggie café in Newcastle called The Blue Apple Café, while bassist Vanessa Best is a music teacher in east London. Pic: Photoshot

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Cast. Once one of Liam Gallagher's favourite bands, in 1996 Cast were on the verge of breaking America when their track 'Alright' was included on the 'Mission: Impossible' soundtrack. But by 2001 it had all gone wrong: their fourth album 'Beetroot' failed to make the top 75. Since then frontman John Power has released three solo albums. Guitarist Liam 'Skin' Tyson is now a member of Robert Plant’s band Strange Sensation. Pic: Photoshot

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The Seahorses. Despite scoring a hit with their debut single 'Love Is The Law', John Squire's post-Stone Roses band never really took off. These days vocalist Chris Helme runs an open-mic night in York, called Num Num. Bassist Stuart Fletcher plays with former Shed Seven frontman Rick Witter in his new band Rick Witter And The Dukes. John Squire, meanwhile, is a dedicated artist and Stone Roses reunion refusenik. Pic: Photoshot

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Space. After a failed comeback attempt in 2004, Space quit for good in 2005. Singer Tommy Scott and drummer Leon Caffrey formed a punk band, The Drellas, while keyboardist Francis Griffiths has somewhat improbably has turned his hand to R'N'B. Still, Space's 1996 hit 'Female Of The Species' remains a solid money-spinner, having appeared on a number of film soundtracks, including the first 'Austin Powers' movie. Pic: Photoshot

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Catatonia. After moving to Nashville and releasing two solo albums, Vocalist Cerys Matthews became an unlikely reality TV star in 2007, when she finished fourth on 'I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!' In 2008 she became the Vice-President of the Welsh homelessness charity Shelter Cymru. Do you have info about a former Britpop star? Share your knowledge at NME.COM/theoffice. Pic: Photoshot

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Elastica. Singer Justine Frischmann has found work as a TV presenter, cropping up on 'The South Bank Show' and BBC 3 architecture series 'Dreamspaces'. These days she lives in Colorado, having moved there to study Psychology of Art at the state University. Drummer Justin Welch, meanwhile, lives in Devon, working as a drum teacher in local schools. Guitarist Donna Matthews has a new band, Klang. Photo: Retna UK

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Goldie. A satellite member of the Britpop scene, the jungle/breakbeat star has tried his hand at a number of other careers, including acting: he appeared in Bond flick ‘The World Is Not Enough’, and Guy Ritchie’s ‘Snatch.’ These days he is best known as a reality TV star. He appeared on 2002’s 'Celebrity Big Brother' (he was the first contestant to be evicted). More recently, Goldie's conducting skills helped him finish second place in the BBC's 'Maestro'. Pic: Photoshot

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Menswear. The ultimate Britpop scenester band, Menswear formed in 1994 in Camden and signed a record deal after their fifth gig, but fell from favour just as quickly. Two of them have found success in band management – guitarist Simon White with Bloc Party, and Chris Gentry with Noah And The Whale. Drummer Matt Everitt works on the news team at BBC 6 Music. Singer Johnny Dean works at a firm specialising in the "after-sale support of cellular equipment".

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The Divine Comedy. Now releasing albums on his own label, Neil Hannon has a lucrative sideline writing music for soundtracks, including 'Doctor Who' and 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy'. He also had a song 'Tonight We Fly' used on an ad for the Airbus A340 airliner. A new Divine Comedy album is slated to appear in late 2009. Photo: Retna UK

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Gay Dad. Signed by London Records for a vast sum in December 1997, Gay Dad are in many ways emblematic of Britpop's death throes, although they enjoyed a bumper payday in 2002 when their song 'Joy!' was used on a Mitsubishi ad. These days Cliff Jones works as a songwriter/producer-for-hire (he worked with take That's Mark Owen at one point) and occasionally writes for The Sunday Times. Ominously, there is talk of a solo album. Photo: Retna UK

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Bis. Best known for being the first unsigned band to appear on 'Top Of The Pops' with their single 'Kandy Pop' in 1996, Bis reunited for a handful of dates in 2008. Singer Manda Rin now runs a successful badge company called Wee Badges, and is currently designing games for iPhones. The other two, Sci-Fi Steve and John Disco, have gone bald and are married (but not to each other). Photo: Rex Features

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Mansun split in 2002, although their 'lost' fourth album 'Kleptomania' emerged two years later. While recording that album, vocalist Paul Draper was diagnosed with a malignant form of cancer (although that fact only emerged later). Now in the clear, Draper is now focusing on a solo career, and recently appeared onstage with My Vitriol at the last ever show at the London Astoria. Drummer Andie Rathbone is a drum teacher. Photo: Retna UK

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Marion. These under-rated rockers were screwed when their label London Records didn't bother to promote their not-bad-actually second album 'The Program' in 1998, after which vocalist Jaimie Harding struggled with heroin addiction for a time. Marion reformed in 2006 - but then Harding was admitted to hospital with a blood condition that required open-heart surgery, and bassist Che Hargreaves broke his neck. Further gigs in 2008 were cancelled when Harding contracted pneumonia. Photo: Retna UK

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Dubstar. They haven't released an album since 2000, but the electro-pop act still make money through royalties, especially since goth-metal stars Lacuna Coil recorded a cover of Dubstar's biggest hit 'Stars' in 2000. In February 2008 the band claimed on their MySpace that recordings for a fourth album were near completion, but it's all gone a bit quiet since then. Photo: Retna UK

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Toploader. The success of 'Dancing In The Moonlight' propelled parent album 'Onka's Big Moka' to sales of 1.7 million and enabled guitarist Dan Hipgrave to marry Gail Porter. But neither the success, nor the marriage, lasted. Hipgrave is now a journalist - he's had stuff printed in 'Loaded'. Frontman Joseph Washbourn is attempting to launch a solo career. Drummer Rob Green became a music supervisor for a TV company. Bassist Matt Knight is studying Media and Cultural Studies at Sussex University. Photo: PA Photos

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Carter USM. After releasing seven albums, proto-Britpoppers Jim Bob and Les 'Fruit Bat' Carter split in 1998, having finally exhausted their fund of puns. These days Fruit Bat broadcasts on Brentwood radio station Phoenix FM as well as playing in punk outfit Abdoujaparov – although Carter USM can still pull a crowd. They sold out the O2 Academy Brixton in November 2008. Photo: Retna UK

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The Supernaturals. When these jaunty Glaswegians diversified into electronica on their third album, fans voted with their feet and the band split in 2002. Their track 'Smile' - nominated for an Ivor Novello award in 1998 - can still occasionally be heard on a long-running TV ad. Pic: Photoshot

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Powder. Married to Supergrass' Danny Goffey, vocalist Pearl Lowe was a key Britpop scenester. She released a poorly-received solo single, ‘I Wanna Love You’, in 2004. She then turned her hand to designing, and launched her own fashion company in 2001. Recently she caused a stir with a tell-all autobiography, 'All That Glitters'. Pic: Retna

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Heavy Stereo. The glam-tinged indie-rockers only ever released one album, 1996's largely ignored 'Deja Voodoo'. They never actually split, but frontman Gem Archer didn't exactly have to hesitate when he was asked to join Oasis in November 1999, following the departure of Bonehead. To begin with, though, he was only paid £85 a gig. Photo: Rex Features

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These Animal Men. Outspoken leading lights of the short-lived New Wave Of New Wave scene, These Animal Men in some ways prefigured the Britpop comedown with their startlingly bleak 1997 EP 'Taxi For These Animal Men'. They've not done much since then, although they were referenced in Art Brut's snarky track 'These Animal Menswear'. Photo: Rex Features

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Puressence. The androgynous vocals of frontman James Mudriczki helped these epic rockers stand out from their Britpop peers.They quit their label Island in 2003 after being told to sound "more like Savage Garden", but are still touring and releasing records. Their last album 'Don't Forget To Remember' was a minor iTunes hit in America. Strangely, Puressence are huge in Greece. Photo: PA Photos

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The Boo Radleys. Following the band’s split in 1999, guitarist Martin Carr released six albums under the pseudonym Bravecaptain, the most recent of which is entitled 'Distractions', and is available as a free download from his website. Drummer Rob Cieka is a member of Domino Bones along with Bez, formerly of Happy Mondays. Vocalist Sice has a band called Paperlung. Bassist Timothy Brown now teaches computing in Northern Ireland. Photo: Retna UK

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Jesus Jones. Long after the domestic market for their indie-dance anthems dwindled, Jesus Jones were making a good living on the US corporate gig circuit, where their 1990 hit 'Right Here Right Now' was taken up as a motivational anthem. It was even used by Hillary Clinton as her campaign song during the 2008 presidential elections. Meanwhile, keyboardist Iain Baker now works as a DJ on NME Radio. How the mighty have fallen etc. Photo: Retna UK

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Lush. Two of the band are frequently seen around NME's office building, since they work for publisher IPC. Frontwoman Miki Berenyi is a senior sub-editor on a TV listings mag, while bassist Phil King freelances as a picture researcher for Uncut magazine (when he's not playing bass with The Jesus And Mary Chain). Guitarist Emma Anderson formed Sing-Sing following Lush’s split, but they disbanded in 2008. She currently lives in Brighton working at a booking agency. Photo: PA Photos

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