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Tasmin Archer


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Tasmin Archer is an English soul/pop/rock singer, known for her soulful voice. Her first record, Great Expectations, spawned the smash hit, Sleeping Satellite, a philosophical number about the moon landings, which reached number one in the United Kingdom. Subsequent singles and albums were less successful.

Tasmin Archer was born on 3 August 1963 in Bradford. She first worked as a sewing machine operator, but after studying secretarial skills she became a clerk at Bradford Magistrates’ Court. At the same time she joined a group called Dignity as a backing vocalist. She went to work at a recording studio called ‘Flexible Response’, and subsequently formed the group The Archers with John Hughes and John Beck. They were signed by EMI in 1990, and recorded their song Sleeping Satellite for them in 1992.
In 1993, Tasmin won a Brit award for the Best British Breakthrough Act. However, Tasmin later joked that she kept her award in the back of her kitchen cupboard and claimed that she used it for cracking nuts and tenderising steak.

In 1994 Tasmin recorded an eight-track EP Shipbuilding, which consisted of live versions of three songs from her first album, an alternate version of another, and four Elvis Costello covers.

After disappearing from the limelight, Archer reappeared in 1996 with her second album Bloom. However, the single One More Good Night With The Boys failed to reach the UK Top 40, and the album failed to chart at all. In late 1997, disagreements with EMI left Archer somewhat disillusioned and feeling like she had been treated as a commodity. She decided to take a short break from the industry.


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