Stuart Kerr, drums
Johnny McElhone, bass
Ally McErlaine, guitars
Sharleen Spiteri, vocals
The origins of Texas were not in the U.S. but in Glasgow, Scotland in 1986, where bassist McElhone was looking to form a new musical group. After being introduced to the vocally-blessed Spiteri, 18 at the time, the duo set out to complete the group by adding guitarist McErlaine and drummer Kerr. When discussing a name for the band, they eventually chose Texas, taken from the Wim Wender's film Paris, Texas, a film (and soundtrack) they mutually loved. A record deal with Mercury soon followed.
Initial interest in the band resulted from Spiteri's youthful, yet soulful, vocals and McErlaine's masterful slide-guitar abilities, clearly shown on the group's first single, "I Don't Want A Lover," released in February 1989. Their debut album, Southside, followed soon after that. The group immediately garnered success, most notably in the U.K. A change in the group ensued, however, when Richard Hynd replaced Kerr on drums in 1991, followed by the addition of Eddie Campbell on keyboards. The second album came that same year, Mother's Heaven, which unfortunately suffered a minor slump. The group maintained their strong concert presence, however, with shows highlighted all across Europe.
Texas' third album, Ricks Road, then appeared in 1993. It was a notable departure for the group, specifically due to the edgier sound, resulting in a lesser successful album - yet being considered now as a fan favorite. Following the declining success, Texas decided to put the group on temporary hold.
A regrouping in 1996 resulted in what later became the most successful period in the group's career. Spiteri's appearance on the U.K. show "TFI Friday" led to several small concerts showcasing a refreshed sound and new look, later leading to a new single, "Say What You Want," in January 1997. The resulting album, White On Blonde, bowed later in the year, offering hit single after hit single, becoming the best-selling album in the U.K. in 1997. The success continued two years later with 1999's The Hush, a continuation of the sexy, soulful sound into which the band had grown.
Proceeding into the millennium, a Greatest Hits collection followed in 2000 (also titled Song Book) along with more extensive touring, leading to considerable exhaustion and a two-year hiatus in 2001. After regrouping, Texas returned with 2003's Careful What You Wish For and, most recently, 2006's Red Book, resulting in successful tours for both albums.… Expand
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