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Bury, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom (1990 – present)

Elbow is an alternative rock band which formed in Bury, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom in 1990 while at sixth-form college. The band consists of Guy Garvey (vocals, guitar), Mark Potter (guitar, vocals), Pete Turner (bass), Craig Potter (keyboards) and Richard Jupp (drums). Over the band’s 20 year career, it has released five studio albums, four EPs and ten top fifty singles in the UK.

The band is named after a line in the BBC TV mini-series The Singing Detective which says that the word “elbow” is the most sensuous word in the English language, not for its definition, but for how it feels to say it.

Elbow began specializing in “ ”, but changed the direction of its music after unanimously deciding that they were “shit.” The new songs were noticed from both Island Records and Universal, but the band was dropped before anything was released after it signed with both labels. The band then released two critically acclaimed EP’s on the independent Ugly Man Record label which caught the attention of V2 Records.

V2 released Elbow’s debut album: “Asleep in the Back.” The album was a surprisingly moderate success, gaining substantial critical acclaim and, ultimately, a nomination for the in 2001. The single “Newborn” received attention after being banned by for the lyric, “I’ll be the corpse in your bathtub.”

Word of mouth then began to work in Elbow’s favor. Its 2003 album, “Cast of Thousands,” entered the UK Charts at #7 to critical acclaim. The lead single, “Fallen Angel,” charted at #19.

In 2004, Elbow became the first British band to ever play a concert in Havana during an unofficial Cuban tour. The tour was made into a short film by British documentary maker Irshad Ashraf.


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  • shrnrse

    creating avenues for abuse since???? that shit shouldn't be on me, not now, not ever

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  • deadmelodiesDM

    Just discovered Elbow. Was listening to radio & thought for sure it was a Peter Gabriel song. The Take Off and Landing of Everything is amazing. It's 2:30am & I don't want to stop listening to go to bed.

    6 Jan 7:36am Reply
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  • John__Lemon

    Do yourself a huge favour. Sit down and listen to TOALOE with the lyrics next to you. It's absolutely mesmerising. I have no idea how Guy Garvey does this.. He is unbelieveable, but his emotions and observations are so incredibly evocative.. It's amazing

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
  • WayneBirch

    TTOALOE is a fantastic album. I'm enjoying more than I did BARB

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • John__Lemon

    Live at Jodrell Bank :) Illusionvalley I'll be there. I've seen them 4 times now they are absolutely amazing live!

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • illusionvalley

    Holy good Lord, I am beyond excited to see them live - at the Opera House, of all venues. Going to be incredible.

    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • SashaPepper

    I'm tottaly addicted to their music. Guy's voice is something incredible

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • shermachine

    I sometimes wonder why Elbow is pretty underrated worldwide.. Since they truly know how to make music.. It's just sad.

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • R-e-s-i-n


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  • yume_no_hate

    Amazing performance in Moscow. Please, come to St.Petersburg too! There are evenings even more beautiful, I promise! :)

    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Acribia

    I'm finally listening to TTOALOE and it's truly awesome.

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • JordanNeo

    I loved the Elbow show at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. I took pics and wrote some words:

    21 May 2014 Reply
  • xphelipex

    Confere aí review sobre o novo disco do Elbow, o lindo Take Off And Landing Of Everything:

    6 May 2014 Reply
  • Astaldo91

    Great music for a cloudy April day

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • randorolian

    TTOALOE is a seriously brilliant album. Thought it was a bit featureless on the first listen, but after a few more, I'm realizing how brilliant it is. Okay, maybe seeing the band in Glasgow the other night helped but it's still brilliant.

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • yosh2008

    My Sad Captains is amazing, caught them in Birmingham on Saturday night and they were just incredible.

    7 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Hannibal89757

    My Sad Captains, best track in new album

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ecorunner

    I really can't imagine Pitchfork giving this album a 6.2 rating. Its almost criminal.

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • flyx

    awesome new record! THANX, did you mix it on LS3/5A? ;) amazin!!!!

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
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