Belly were an alternative rock band formed in 1991 by former Throwing Muses members Tanya Donelly and Fred Abong. Donelly had also played in The Breeders. Hailing from Newport, Rhode Island, and based in Boston, Massachusetts, the band included Donelly on vocals and guitar, Abong on bass (replaced after their first album by Gail Greenwood), Tom Gorman on guitar, and his brother Chris Gorman on drums.
Signed to the British label 4AD Records, the band's debut EP, "Slow Dust" (recorded with Pixies producer Gil Norton) topped the British indie charts. Their crossover breakthrough came with their third single, "Feed the Tree," which made the Top 40 in the British charts. The album that followed, Star, was a hit in both the UK and the USA, where it went gold, receiving three Grammy award nominations.
In keeping with the name of the group ("It's both pretty and ugly," according to Donelly), Belly's sound matched enchanting pop melodies, Donelly's ethereal vocals, and Gorman's melodic guitar work to lyrics mixing fairy-tale innocence with dark images. The lyrics to "Full Moon, Empty Heart," for example, came from a st...
|country||Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America|
|music genre||Alternative rock|
|current members|| Tanya Donelly (guitar/vocals)|
Thomas Gorman (Organ (music)