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Razorlight

Razorlight perform at Make Trade Fair Live, 2004
Background information
Origin Flag of England London, England
Genre(s) Indie rock, Post punk
Years active 2002–present
Label(s) Mercury Music (UK) (Universal Music Group)
Label type: Major
Website http://www.razorlight.co.uk/
Members
Johnny Borrell
Björn Ågren
Carl Dalemo
Andy Burrows
Former members
Christian Smith Pancorvo

Razorlight is an Anglo-Swedish band formed in 2002 by singer-songwriter Johnny Borrell. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 445 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (767 × 1032 pixel, file size: 89 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Razorlight perform at the 2004 Make Trade Fair Live concert in Londons Hammersmith Apollo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Post-punk was a popular musical movement beginning at the end of the 1970s, following on the heels of the initial punk rock explosion of the mid 1970s. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... The following is a partial list of record labels, both past and present. ... Johnny Borrell (born Jonathan Edward Borrell, 4 April 1980, in Muswell Hill, London, England) is an English singer and guitarist, and the frontman of the band Razorlight. ... Björn Sten Ågren (born 1979) is the guitarist for the Anglo-Swedish band Razorlight. ... Carl Dalemo is the bassist of the Anglo/Swedish band Razorlight. ... Andy Burrows (born June 30, 1979) is the current drummer for Razorlight, after joining the band in 2004. ... Christian Smith Pancorvo is a drummer alongside his brother, Ben Fox Smith, in the band Serafin. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Johnny Borrell (born Jonathan Edward Borrell, 4 April 1980, in Muswell Hill, London, England) is an English singer and guitarist, and the frontman of the band Razorlight. ...



At the start of their career Johnny Borrell's new outfit began by supporting The Libertines at various venues (including 333 in Old Street) where a young A&R scout, Justin Cross, found them and with his own money put them in Liam Watson's Toerag Studios where John Fortis produced the tracks "Rip It Up", "Rock 'n' Roll Lies" and "In The City". Off the back of these tracks the band (now named Razorlight) began getting serious A&R heat due to the songs success on radio stations such as John Kennedy. This article is about the band The Libertines. ... In the music industry, Artists and Repertoire (A&R) is the division of a record label company that is responsible for scouting and artist development. ...


The band became very popular on the London music scene. Large demand caused the band to play extra shows, including a 7,000+ capacity gig at Alexandra Palace. The album was heavily marketed in the UK. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Alexandra Palace from the south Alexandra Palace was built in an area spanning Wood Green and Muswell Hill, North London, England in 1873 as a public entertainment centre and North London counterpart of The Crystal Palace. ...


Up All Night was re-issued in April 2005, including the previously unreleased single "Somewhere Else", which peaked at Number 2. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In July 2005, the band performed at Hyde Park, London as part of the Live 8 series of concerts. However, the band came under fire for being the only band that did not donate their extra revenue to charity. The band subsequently claimed that due to their "fledgling status" and overall greed, they were unable to make such a commitment. [1] Ongoing events • 2005 Atlantic and Pacific hurricanes • 2005 Maharashtra floods • 2005 Gujarat Flood • Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan • Fuel prices • Gomery Comm. ... “Hyde Park” redirects here. ... Official Live8 DVD, released in November 2005 Live 8 was a series of concurrent benefit concerts that took place on 2 July 2005, in the G8 states and in South Africa. ...


Razorlight supported Queen + Paul Rodgers on July 15, in front of 60,000 people. This gig had been rescheduled following the July 2005 London bombings. In December of the same year, they supported Oasis, at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. They also supported The Rolling Stones at their gigs in Cologne and Paris. The Queen + Paul Rodgers collaboration began in late 2004 when Queen were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. ... is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following is a timeline of the 7 July 2005 London bombings and 21 July 2005 London bombings. ... Oasis is an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1991. ... The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm), is the national stadium of Wales, located in the capital Cardiff, and is used primarily for rugby union and football home internationals. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ...


During the Christmas season the band played an intimate show at the Railway Inn in Winchester. They were supported by up and coming London band Captain Phoenix, who are fronted by drummer Andy Burrows' younger brother Ben.


The band played their biggest tour to date in October-November 2006 and also supported Richard Ashcroft in his homecoming gig at the Lancashire County Cricket Club on June 17. Richard Paul Ashcroft is an English singer-songwriter born on September 11, 1971 in Billinge Maternity Hospital in Billinge Higher End, Lancashire (now part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester). ... Lancashire CCC - main entrance The Old Trafford Cricket Ground[1], usually known as simply Old Trafford, is a cricket ground situated on Talbot Road in Trafford, Greater Manchester, England that has been the home of Manchester Cricket Club since 1856 and of the Lancashire County Cricket Club since it was... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In November 2006 the band had to be hospitalised after traces of radioactive poisoning was detected on their plane. Their British Airways return flight from Moscow was a scheduled route used by Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko. [2] For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... For other uses, see Moscow (disambiguation). ... Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko (Russian: ) (30 August 1962[1][2] – 23 November 2006) was a lieutenant-colonel in the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and later a Russian dissident and writer. ...


In 2007, Razorlight were nominated for two BRIT Awards - one for 'Best British Band' and the other for 'Best Song', "America". They were also nominated for two NME Brit Awards for 'Best Band' and 'Best Album'. The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ... America is the second single from Razorlights self-titled second album, the follow up to In The Morning. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ...


On March 19th 2007, the band were confirmed to be headlining the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2007. They played Reading on Friday 24th, and Leeds on Saturday 25th. They also played the Main Stage on Saturday 19th May in Preston for Radio 1's Big weekend along side bands such as Kasabian and the Kaiser Chiefs. The Reading and Leeds Festivals, officially called the Carling Weekend, are a pair of annual music festivals that take place in Reading and Leeds in England. ... Kasabian are an English rock band from Leicestershire, formed by Tom Meighan (vocals), Sergio Pizzorno (guitar and vocals), Chris Edwards (bass) and Chris Karloff (guitar and keyboards). ... This article is about the band. ...


On July 7, 2007, Razorlight performed at both the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London, and T in the Park in Balado, Scotland. is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 2007 in British music 2007 in hip hop Musical groups established in 2007 Record labels established in 2007 // January George Shearing is knighted for services to music in the Queens New Year Honours List. ... The Live Earth concert in the United Kingdom was held at Wembley Stadium, London, England on 7 July 2007. ... Live Earth was a series of worldwide concerts held on 7 July 2007, that initiated a three-year campaign to combat climate change and advocate environmentally-sustainable living. ... For the old stadium, see Wembley Stadium (1923). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... T in the Park is a major Scottish music festival, held annually since 1994. ... Balado Park is a former airfield near Kinross in Perth and Kinross county in Scotland that is now the site for the the annual T in the Park music festival . ... This article is about the country. ...

Contents

Up All Night

Razorlight's debut album, Up All Night, was released on June 28, 2004, reaching number 3 in the UK album charts. [3] The critical reception was generally good, receiving good reviews from NME, Q magazine and Billboard, although they were also accused of lack of imagination and unoriginality for allegedly borrowing ideas from other influential bands such as The Strokes. Up All Night is the debut album by British-Swedish band Razorlight, released June 28, 2004. ... is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... For other uses, see Stroke (disambiguation). ...


War Child

Razorlight contributed the song "Kirby's House" to the War Child charity album Help-A Day in the Life. For other uses of the name War Child, see the disambiguation page. ... Help: a Day in the Life is a 2005 album, bringing together many contemporary artists primarily from Britain and Ireland. ...


Razorlight

Continuing their association with The Who which started at the Live 8 gig, Razorlight debuted some of new songs from their forthcoming second album live on March 30, 2006, in one of a chain of Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, organised by Roger Daltrey. Later that year, on July 2, they played to a sellout Hyde Park Calling gig, where they were preceded by The Zutons, and opened for The Who. The band went on to play on the beach opposite Brighton's West Pier on July 12 in a free concert as part of a Vodafone TBA event broadcast on Channel 4. The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Official Live8 DVD, released in November 2005 Live 8 was a series of concurrent benefit concerts that took place on 2 July 2005, in the G8 states and in South Africa. ... is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity that focuses on the needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer, leukaemia, Hodgkin’s and related diseases by providing specialist teenage units in NHS hospitals. ... Roger Harry Daltrey, CBE (born 1 March 1944) is a rock vocalist, songwriter, and actor, best known as the founder and lead singer of English rock band The Who. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Zutons are an English indie rock band from Liverpool. ... Brighton is located on the south coast of England, and together with its immediate neighbour Hove forms the city of Brighton and Hove. ... This article is about the English city; for other places called Brighton, see Brighton (disambiguation). ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Vodafone Group Plc is a mobile network operator headquartered in Newbury, Berkshire, England, UK. It is the largest mobile telecommunications network company in the world by turnover and has a market value of about £84. ... This article is about the British television station. ...


Razorlight released their second album Razorlight on July 17, 2006, in the United Kingdom and it debuted at #1 in the UK Albums Chart a week later. It received mixed reviews, Q magazine giving it a rare 5/5 rating, whilst Pitchfork Media gave it 2.8/10. The leading single from the album, "In the Morning" was released as a single on July 3, 2006, which peaked at #3 in the UK Singles Chart. To date, it is their third biggest single after "Somewhere Else", which peaked at #2, and "America", which peaked at #1. It also reached #2 on iTunes' top songs chart. Razorlight is the self-titled second album by Anglo-Swedish indie rock band Razorlight. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ... is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... The iTunes Store is an online business run by Apple Inc. ...


Funeral Blues

Razorlight's latest song, Funeral Blues was recorded in support of The Big Ask, Friends of the Earth's climate campaign. The song was recorded at The Premises in East London - Europe's first solar-powered recording studio. East London (Afrikaans: Oos-Londen, Xhosa: Imonti) is a city in southeast South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province at 32. ...


Discography

Albums

Up All Night is the debut album by British-Swedish band Razorlight, released June 28, 2004. ... is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Vertigo Records was the name Philips Records chose in the sixties for its record label to counter the progressive labels of its rivals EMI (with Harvest Records) and Decca Records (with Deram Records). ... Razorlight is the self-titled second album by Anglo-Swedish indie rock band Razorlight. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Vertigo Records was the name Philips Records chose in the sixties for its record label to counter the progressive labels of its rivals EMI (with Harvest Records) and Decca Records (with Deram Records). ...

Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
UK Singles Chart UK Download Chart Irish Singles Chart US Modern Rock.
2003 Rock ‘N’ Roll Lies 56 - - - Up All Night
Rip It Up 42 - - -
2004 Stumble and Fall 27 - - -
Golden Touch 9 3 - 32
Vice 18 - - -
Rip It Up (re-release) 20 - - -
2005 Somewhere Else 2 2 - 36
2006 In The Morning 3 5 - - Razorlight
America 1 1 6 -
Before I Fall to Pieces 17 17 37 -
2007 I Can't Stop This Feeling I've Got 44 - - -
Hold On 80 - - -

“British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... The UK Official Download Chart is compiled by the UK Charts Company on behalf of the music industry. ... This article is about the island of Ireland. ... The Modern Rock Tracks chart is a music chart that has appeared in Billboard magazine since the early 1980s. ... See also: 2003 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2003 Record labels established in 2003 // January - following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500 original Beatles studio tapes, recorded during the Let It... Rock ‘N’ Roll Lies is the debut single by the Anglo-Swedish rock group Razorlight. ... Up All Night is the debut album by British-Swedish band Razorlight, released June 28, 2004. ... Rip It Up is a song by Anglo-Swedish indie rock band Razorlight and is the sixth track on their 2004 debut album Up All Night. ... See also: 2004 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2004 Record labels established in 2004 2000s in music. ... Stumble and Fall is a song by Anglo-Swedish indie rock band Razorlight and is the ninth track on their 2004 debut album Up All Night. ... Golden Touch is the fourth single released by Razorlight. ... Vice is the fifth single released by rock band Razorlight, taken from their debut album Up All Night. ... Rip It Up is a song by Anglo-Swedish indie rock band Razorlight and is the sixth track on their 2004 debut album Up All Night. ... See also: 2005 in heavy metal music 2005 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2005 Record labels established in 2005 Albums released in 2005 January 1 - In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including... For other uses, see Somewhere Else. ... See also: 2006 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 Ti // January – James Nicholl, drummer of Pay*Ola became ill and was admitted to hospital. ... In the Morning is a song by Anglo-Swedish indie rock band Razorlight, and is the opening track to their self-titled second album, Razorlight. ... Razorlight is the self-titled second album by Anglo-Swedish indie rock band Razorlight. ... America is the second single from Razorlights self-titled second album, the follow up to In The Morning. ... Before I Fall To Pieces is a song by the Anglo-Swedish band Razorlight from their eponymous second album. ... See also: 2007 in British music 2007 in hip hop Musical groups established in 2007 Record labels established in 2007 // January George Shearing is knighted for services to music in the Queens New Year Honours List. ... I Cant Stop This Feeling Ive Got is a song by Anglo-Swedish indie rock band Razorlight, and is the sixth track on their 2006 self-titled second album. ... Razorlight track listing Who Needs Love (2) Hold On (3) America (4) Hold On is the fifth single from Razorlights second album Razorlight. ...

Trivia

  • On Up All Night, Johnny Borrell recorded a phone number into the track "Vice", which was rumoured to be his personal phone number [citation needed]
  • Famous fans of the band include, Bobcat Goldthwait, Daniel Radcliffe,Colleen Shannon, Dolph Lundgren, Jenny McCarthy, Jamie Gillis, Corey Haim, Matthew Saunders, Sebastian Fox and Doug Bradley. McCarthy stated, in a recent interview with The Toronto Star, "I try and see them every time they come and play in Los Angeles. They really are better than The Beatles."
  • Andy Burrows wrote the song 'America', and is widely assumed to be a vain attempt to help the band crack the lucrative US market - though its focus is (ironically) mediocrity in the UK media.
  • Razorlight's 'Somewhere Else' was recently voted the third worst lyric in pop by listeners of Marc Riley's Music Show on BBC6 BBC NEWS Article
  • They have appeared at Live8 and Live Earth. At the latter Johnny Borrell appeared without his trademark white jeans and t-shirt, replacing them with black ones.
  • Razorlight (minus Johnny Borrell) recorded a song to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, "With A Little Help From My Friends". This featured Andy Burrows on vocals, mirroring the way Ringo Starr sung vocals on The Beatles' original.
  • Razorlight were mentioned in NME magazine in August 2007 as having "the smallest crowd for a headliner in Reading and Leeds festival history", after most of the crowd leaving after Kings of Leon

==References==Noel Fielding Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Daniel Jacob Radcliffe[1] (born 23 July 1989) is an English film, television and stage actor. ... Colleen Shannon was born in the U.S. state of Alaska, on April 14 1978, and was Playboys Playmate of the Month in January, 2004 and also was the magazines 50th anniversary Playmate. ... Dolph Lundgren (born Hans Lundgren, November 3, 1957[1]) is a Swedish actor, director and karateka. ... Jennifer McCarthy (born November 1, 1972)[1] is an American model, comedian, actress and author. ... Jamie Gillis (born Jamey Ira Gurman on April 20, 1943 in New York, New York, USA ) is an American porn star and a member of the AVN Hall of Fame. ... Corey Ian Haim (born December 23, 1971) is a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. ... Doug Bradley is an actor, born on September 7, 1954 in Liverpool, England. ... Andy Burrows (born June 30, 1979) is the current drummer for Razorlight, after joining the band in 2004. ... America is the second single from Razorlights self-titled second album, the follow up to In The Morning. ... The Live 8 poster Live 8 is a series of near free concerts planned for July, 2005 in the G8 nations. ... Live Earth was a series of worldwide concerts held on 7 July 2007, that initiated a three-year campaign to combat climate change and advocate environmentally-sustainable living. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... For other uses, see Sgt. ...

  1. ^ http://www.nmefestivals.com/t_in_the_park/news/112932
  2. ^ NME: Bands caught up in spy poison scandal [1]
  3. ^ http://top40-charts.com/chart.php?cid=26&date=2004-07-04
  4. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/platinum/platinumright.asp?rq=search_plat&r_id=32770
  5. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/platinum/platinumright.asp?rq=search_plat&r_id=32864

External links

  • Razorlight official site
  • Razorlight official Myspace site
  • Razorlight myspace fan site
  • Razorlight Forum on buzzjack.com
  • Audiojunkies Interview with Razorlight
  • Razorlight at Carling Weekend: Reading Festival & Leeds Festival
  • In The Attic Interview with Razorlight
  • Telegraph Interview with Razorlight

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