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Elbow emerged from the late 1990s Manchester music scene centred around the city's vibrant Northern Quarter on Oldham Street.
Acclaimed for their innovative sound, breathtaking live gigs and the candid, evocative lyrics of singer Guy Garvey, Elbow have received vast critical acclaim and been endorsed by major artists Blur, REM, U2, and Velvet Underground whose bassist John Cale cited Elbow's "Switching Off" as one of the greatest songs ever written in a BBC interview. However, commercial success has yet to match Elbow's critical acclaim and cult status.
Singer Guy Garvey met guitarist Mark Potter at Sixth form college in 1990 at the age of 16. Mark asked Guy to sing in a band he was in with drummer Richard Jupp and bassist Pete Turner and they formed SOFT. Mark's brother Craig Potter joined soon after on keyboards. By 1997 they had changed their name to Elbow, signed a deal with Island Records and recorded their debut album with producer Steve Osbourne. However, when Island was bought out by major label Universal, the band were dropped in a mass cull and their album never released.
They continued to record on the iconic independent label ...
|music genre||Alternative Rock|
|current members|| Guy Garvey|
Mark Potter (musician)