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Republica

Republica was a British band formed in 1994. The height of their popularity spanned from 1996 to 1998.

Republica was started by former Flowered Up keyboardist Tim Dorney and Andy Todd, and quickly came to popular attention with their debut single "Ready To Go" and its follow-up "Drop Dead Gorgeous". The lead singer, Saffron, was previously a lead vocalist on N-joi's rave crossover pop hit, "Anthem", in 1990.

The Republica sound was described by Saffron as "techno-pop punk rock", although Melody Maker took to calling it "electronica". The band's self-titled debut album was released in July 1996 and reached #4 in the album charts. However, their follow-up 1998 albums Speed Ballads and its lead single "From Rush Hour With Love" only reached #37 and #20 respectively. The group is rumoured to have dissolved shortly afterwards but have never officially stated this. The last message to fans in late 1999 via their official website stated "Republica are not recording at this time" - which may mean they will one day return to the music scene together.

The band suffered when ...

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