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Paul Smith

Background information
Birth name Paul Smith
Born March 13, 1979 (1979-03-13) (age 28)
Flag of EnglandBillingham, England
Genre(s) Indie/Art Rock
Occupation(s) Vocalist, Songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 2000-Present
Maxïmo Park

Paul Smith (born March 13, 1979), from Billingham, North-East England, is the singer for British indie group Maxïmo Park. Smith is the eldest of three children and briefly worked as an art teacher[citation needed] before he was asked to join the band. Before Smith was recruited to Maxïmo Park they were a four-piece band on the verge of splitting up. Bassist Archis Tiku was originally going to be lead singer, but revealed to the band that he had no intention of being its frontman. Smith was discovered by the then-girlfriend of drummer Tom English in a pub while he was singing along to a Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". Providing the band with a stage presence, Smith began to write songs with the group, despite never imagining himself as the frontman of a band. Smith had never sung on stage beforehand. He was thrown out of the school choir, because he was afraid to sing solo. He can also play guitar. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 533 × 599 pixels Full resolution (1276 × 1434 pixel, file size: 2. ... March 13 is the 72nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (73rd in leap years). ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... For people named Billingham, see Billingham (surname). ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Maxïmo Park are an English indie rock band, signed to Warp Records, who formed in 2000. ... March 13 is the 72nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (73rd in leap years). ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... For people named Billingham, see Billingham (surname). ... In popular music, indie music (from independent) is any of a number of genres, scenes, subcultures and stylistic and cultural attributes, characterised by perceived independence from commercial pop music and mainstream culture and an autonomous, do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. ... Maxïmo Park are an English indie rock band, signed to Warp Records, who formed in 2000. ... Archis Tiku (born 1977 in Mumbai, India) is a founding member and bassist of British indie rock band Maxïmo Park. ... Tom English is the drummer for British band Maxïmo Park. ...

Smith has been likened to both Morrissey and Jarvis Cocker[citation needed]. His on-stage behaviour is noted as being a little odd - particularly his dancing, pointing and handchops whilst singing. On stage he is also noted for his humour in between songs. He sings from his 'red book' when on stage, a book which few have seen inside, which contains his song lyrics, poems he's written and various diary entries. This red book went missing in May 2005, and messages were posted in NME and on the band's website asking eagle-eyed fans to look out for his bag on the waterfront in Newcastle [1]. Fortunately the book was returned to Paul and he continues to bring it out for songs. Smith on stage wears suits, and during the time of the first album, wore his hair in a peculiar fashion of a comb-over, with a piece of hair curling out on one side of his head. Recently he has changed to having his hair messy, with several hats, the most common the bowler hat. Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is an English singer and songwriter from Manchester, England. ... Jarvis Branson Cocker (born 19 September 1963, in Sheffield, England) is an English musician, best known for fronting the band Pulp. ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a music magazine in the UK which has been published weekly since March 1952. ...

He is well liked by the female audience for his "geeky charm" and good looks.

In 2007 he made a cover of Apply Some Pressure with Mark Ronson. Mark Ronson (born in London) is a New York based English DJ, music producer, artist and co-founder of Allido Records. ...

Maxïmo Park
Paul Smith | Duncan Lloyd | Archis Tiku | Tom English | Lukas Wooller
Albums: A Certain Trigger | Missing Songs | Our Earthly Pleasures
Singles: "The Coast Is Always Changing" | "Apply Some Pressure" | "Graffiti" | "Going Missing" | "Apply Some Pressure" (Re-Release) | "I Want You to Stay" | "Our Velocity" | "Books From Boxes"
DVDs: Found On Film
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Warp Records | Newcastle Upon Tyne
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