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The Cosmic Rough Riders are a pop/rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. They were originally formed in 1998 by Daniel Wylie and Stephen Fleming, and later they were joined by Mark Brown and James Clifford.

Daniel made two solo albums under the guise of CRR, “Deliverance” in 1999 and “Panorama” in 2000. Local musician Stephen Fleming was brought in to engineer and play guitar on the “Panorama” sessions. After the album was complete, Wylie invited him to become a full time member of CRR: “we were both unemployed and I didn’t have any money to pay Stephen for his work, so I agreed to split everything 50/50 with him. I even gave him 50% of the song writing credit on my songs which he had nothing to do with writing. Such was my naivety of the music business at the time”.

Alan McGee received a copy of “Panorama” from its sleeve designer (and old band mate) David Wells. McGee wanted to see the band live (not knowing it wasn’t actually a band of course), so a band was hastely put together to showcase for him. McGee loved what he saw and wanted to sign the whole group. Wylie was 41 years old at the time and not wanting to blow this long awaited opportunity, agreed to sign as a band to Poptones.

McGee had an idea to release a compilation of the first two albums with three new songs. Wylie hurriedly wrote three new tunes, resulting in the release of the compilation album: “Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine”. It went on to sell over 100,000 copies, spawning two top 40 singles.


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  • brownieboy

    I liked their stuff from around 2001-2003, Liked "The Pain Inside". I came across the "Enjoy The Melodic Sunshine" album recently so might give it a listen at some point.

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • nooneastern

    @magicalspring: i had never noticed that before, but i read your comment right when the singing in "Rape Seed Children" started. and he really does sound very similar there. but most of the time i think he reminds me of Curt Kirkwood from the Meat Puppets.

    28 Dec 2010 Reply
  • captain_great

    This was such an amazing band - too bad they have the worst band name of all time

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • jellythinking

    ya podían aparecer por España...

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • magicalspring

    it just struck me that the singer in crr and the singer in neutral milk hotel have quite similar voices...

    17 Sep 2009 Reply
  • shelldurber

    Cosmic Rough Riders Amazing.... Im Actually Related To James Clifford!!! Brilliant Music

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • sietegatosrojos

    new pic:

    15 Aug 2009 Reply
  • pinkcrocodile

    beautiful music :D

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • GSWJ

    This is Your Release is a truely movin, and People are People makes me smile ... I really rate this band and can't wait hopefully to see them live!

    21 Mar 2008 Reply
  • -Shadowcat-

    It's a pity there are only a few listeners. They are great!

    27 May 2007 Reply
  • StormMonkey

    Saw these guys ages ago, I'm surprised more people don't listen to them, to be honest.

    18 Feb 2007 Reply
  • caro_g

    que divinos son! ^^ me encantan <3

    17 Oct 2006 Reply
  • leewalton

    Saw CRR playing support at a Tom Jones concert last night. Was the first time I'd heard/seen them. Pretty good! But they had a tough crowd to please, waiting to throw their knickers at Tom.

    11 Oct 2006 Reply
  • theimpossible

    Ae, CRR detona!

    13 Mar 2006 Reply

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