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The Grid is an English group/production group for electronic music, that consists of Richard Norris and David Ball (mostly Dave Ball as a solo artist and formerly of Soft Cell).

Their 1994 single “Swamp Thing”, which featured elaborate banjo lines (played by Roger Dinsdale) over house beats was widely popular in the UK and Australia, reaching number forty-four on the 1994 Triple J Hottest 100. The Grid’s 1994 album Evolver, which contained the “Swamp Thing” single, reached number fourteen in the UK charts. “Swamp Thing” was also released in 1995 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 Volume 2 compilation. Other songs by The Grid include Texas Cowboys, Rollercoaster and Flotation.

After splitting up to pursue individual music interests in 1996, the duo re-formed in 2003. By 2006 the pair were reportedly to have been recording new studio tracks. In early 2006 the band began touring under the name GDM with female singer Misty Woods.

Dave Ball reunited with Marc Almond for a new Soft Cell album and tour in 2002-3.
Richard Norris is currently working with Erol Alkan under the moniker Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve, under which they released an album of acid rock re-edits called “Spring” in the summer of 2006.

The band released a new album in 2008 called Doppelgänger and performed some live shows.


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  • movax420

    It's all about the Crystal Clear [999]

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • WerBack

    Surely there is another band; that recorded a kick-ass metal cover of Philip Glass' Prophecies.

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • jump29

    cool techno song! Album "Music For Dancing" great classic techno album.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • slidein

    пиздато!!! DIABLO ну просто улет!!! как в 90-х под нее колбасило!!!

    6 Dec 2011 Reply
  • abhishekpaul

    Old school is good.

    8 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Roxton13

    Super Music!!! :))

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Agos1982

    "Floatation" is the best song ever.

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Tylky

    Swamp Thing <3

    18 Jan 2010 Reply
  • adrianwalsh

    Just a quick post to say. RIP Roger! Roger made the hit that became 'Swamp Thing' through his awesome Banjo playing. RIP!

    21 Aug 2009 Reply
  • josecharts

    "Diablo" is great! X2

    21 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Alex_Scouser

    PEOPLE!!!Pls HELP ME!!!!I can`t find this track!!!!!(((( : The Grid - Face The Sun if you have, send me d(-_-)b

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • almighty_dread

    Whoever stole all my singles back in '94', I WANT THEM BACK!!! grrr!!

    12 Jan 2009 Reply
  • PeeweeM

    Ohhhhhhhhh it takes me back to being a teenager!!!! :) Woohoo lol Loved The Grid!

    8 Jan 2009 Reply
  • DreamerDM

    "Diablo" is great!

    21 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Terrasidius

    Man i remember that tune! I (well my mom) just got a 90s compilation and Swamp Thing is on it. Its amazing the songs you heard as a kid then forget, even though they are awesome! Have to say though this 3 disc compilation has no Future Sound of London! No 90s compilation can have no FSOL its crazy.

    19 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Dapto

    Agree with you darkling. The new album feels weaker than the weakest tracks on any of the other albums. Looks like Ball & Norris really need strong guest artists. Even the Fripp work on Mighty Heroik is among his least interesting. Real shame!!

    21 Apr 2008 Reply
  • darkling23

    not feeling the new album :(

    14 Apr 2008 Reply
  • zephranthes

    Ah Texas Cowboys always brings a smile to my face, i miss the 90's!

    18 Jan 2008 Reply
  • AmigoJack

    EVOLVER is really worth having it :) I wish there would be another album containing the song DIABLO

    1 Dec 2007 Reply
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