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Northern Uproar

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Northern Uproar are an English rock band from Stockport.

With a career spanning only two years from formation to original dissolution, the group initially drew some hype and praise from the British music press but were soon forgotten. They also became the subject of a degree of ridicule, for their sometimes loutish appearance and behaviour. They were described as a cross between Oasis, The Clash and the Manic Street Preachers. Northern Uproar reformed in 2006 and released a new album in 2007.

The band formed in 1995 with Leon Meya (vocalist, bassist), Paul Kelly (guitarist), Jeff Fletcher (guitarist), and Keith Chadwick (drummer). Still in their teens and without a recording contract, the band drew praise from the music magazines NME and Melody Maker, following several energetic live performances at the Roadhouse in Manchester.

After a bidding war, the group eventually signed with Heavenly Records and decamped to Monnow Valley Studio in Monmouth to record songs with Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield (producer) and Dave Eringa (co-producer).

The band released their first single, “Rollercoaster”, in late 1995. The track hit number 41 on the UK Singles Chart. The group’s next single, “From a Window”, peaked at number 17. During this period of initial success the band made the cover of Melody Maker and also appeared on the BBC TV programme Top of the Pops. At around the same time, Meya was featured in tabloid newspapers due to a rumoured relationship with the 1980s pop singer Sinitta.

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  • marksplace2008

    RIP Jeff Fletcher :(

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • TheArtistBox

    This artist has now been connected. Brillant music!

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Foggster

    nice to meet you finally...brit pop first class band

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • DSC_Arminia

    HELP! I'm desperately looking for Northern Uproar's 2007 album "Stand And Fight" on Tiny Rebel Records. Advice more than welcome- please write me a message if you can help.

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Delboy99

    I used to love from a window! i'll have to dig the single out, i've got it lying around somewhere

    25 Feb 2010 Reply
  • FooFranz

    Well, it was my fathers record.. And I liked dancing on the table to it for some reason. I forgot about it the rediscovered it when I was like fifteen, still amazing

    20 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Barbiebondbabe

    I can't believe the commenter below me was 5! I was a teen listening to rollercoaster nonstop, loved it til the tape fell out.

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • FooFranz

    THIS IS SO GREAT. REMEMBER WHEN I WAS 5 and listened to Rollercoaser and From A Window!! So good!

    24 Apr 2008 Reply
  • StNick_

    I'd never heard of Northern Uproar until tonight's Never Mind The Buzzcocks; unequivocal rubbish riding on the coat-tails of Oasis and The Verve, it seems.

    6 Dec 2007 Reply
  • David_Westell

    CLASSIC band!!

    26 Sep 2006 Reply
  • magnilex

    Yeah, shit. So few listeners... Love their melodies.

    22 Sep 2006 Reply
  • BravoLa

    Only 330 listeners? That's shocking, these guys were fantastic. Loved the album.

    1 Aug 2006 Reply
  • ashiecroft

    Who DO NOT like from a window???

    12 May 2006 Reply

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