"Richard Hawley", (born Sheffield, England) is a critically acclaimed guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. Hawley initially found success as a member of Britpop band The Longpigs in the 1990s. When a drug-filled torpor after an extensive tour of America brought the band to the brink of extinction in 1997, Hawley was asked to play with Pulp by his close friend and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. "They saved my life," Hawley would later recall, "I was going mental with drink and drugs." The subsequent world tour in support of Pulp's album ''This Is Hardcore'' left Hawley emotionally and physically drained on his return to his home city. During this time, he would even consider leaving the music industry altogether.
It was an encounter at Hawley's Sheffield home that would lead the longtime collaborator out of the shadows. Impressed by a home demo of his songs, both Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey urged Hawley to head into the studio and begin work on his first solo release. 2000s eponymous mini album would encourage Hawley to return to the studio oncemore. In 2001 ''Late Night Final'', named after the cry of vendors selling the ''Sheffield Star'' evening newspaper on t...