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Current line up: Damon Gough (all instruments and vocals)

Damon Gough, (a.k.a. Badly Drawn Boy), is the hottest star on the Manchester music scene at the moment. Every major record label has fought for his signature, however the one-man-band, originally from Breightmet in Bolton (now living in Chorlton), is keeping his cool.

At a 1998 concert at the Manchester Boardwalk, no less than 17 A&R men attended with cheque books handy. Appearing on the large video screen above the stage, Damon decided to scare them; he made his apologies for not attending (he was too nervous) and informed them he had sent a video of himself playing in his bedroom instead. After playing two numbers the video tape ended and a laughing Damon appeared on stage much to the relief of the record execs. - that's Manc attitude for you! Then again, he does have nerve; he once succesfully persuaded a drunk Mark E.Smith to record one of his songs in return for a lift home from the bar!

Like Damon Gough himself, the music of Badly Drawn Boy is unique - impossible to label - this is musical experimentation at its best! He mixes jazz with rock, folk with funk, ambience with blues, even classical with drum'n'bass, and it sounds great!

Damon started his own aptly-named record label, Twisted Nerve, in 1997 with Manchester DJ Andy Votel, releasing Badly Drawn Boy's "EP1". Copies of the 5-track 7" masterpiece are already changing hands for hundreds of pounds. "EP1" mixes funk with blues and Damon's unique 'recorded-at-home' sound.

Damon Gough is now looked after by The Verve's management and signed to XL Recordings (alongside the likes of The Prodigy).

With the fantastic "EP3", the equally raw "It Came from Underground" ,the brilliant "Once Around The Block", and his cameo appearance on the recent U.N.K.L.E. album, Twisted Nerve's offices received thousands of requests for Badly Drawn Boy to release an album.

In July 2000, the amazing "The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast" climbed to Number 22 in the UK album charts after scooping the Mercury Music Prize. With backing music from the likes of Doves, Andy Votel, Alfie and Mum & Dad, it also spawned the hit singles, "Another Pearl" and "Disillusion" (No.26). Badly Drawn Boy is slowly becoming a household name but Damon continues to live live as a legend in only his own household! A true Manc!

Badly Drawn Boy's official website can be found at: www.BadlyDrawnBoy.co.uk

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The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast
Buy the Mercury Music Award-winning CD


Disillusion
The briliant new single from Chorlton's finest.


EP3
Buy Damon's amazing 1998 EP CD