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The Ordinary Boys

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West Sussex, United Kingdom (2002 – 2008)

The Ordinary Boys are an English band formed in 2002 in Worthing, a seaside town in West Sussex, originally named Next in Line. They were influenced by and music, as well as the bands Madness, The Specials, The Kinks and The Smiths. Their name derives from a Morrissey song, “The Ordinary Boys”.

The band consisted of members Samuel Preston (vocals, guitar), William J. Brown (guitar), James Gregory (bass), and Simon Goldring (drums), who replaced Charles “Chuck” Stanley in 2005.

Despite their limited success on the UK charts, their popularity grew, particularly due to media coverage that the lead singer, Samuel Preston, received when participating in Celebrity Big Brother UK in January 2006. Following that appearance, sales of the band’s albums increased and the “Boys Will Be Boys” single moved from #33 to #3 in four weeks. Fans of the band were nicknamed “The Ordinary Army”.

Notable songs include “Maybe Someday”, “Talk Talk Talk”, and “Seaside” from their debut album; “Boys Will Be Boys” from their second album; and “Over the Counter Culture”, which was featured in the soundtrack for Burnout 3: Takedown. Their single “Lonely At The Top” marked a change of sound, with more of a feel to it; featuring synthesisers and samples.

Yahoo! UK revealed that The Ordinary Boys was the fourth most searched for keyword of 2006 in their annual top ten search results.

The song “Boys Will Be Boys” featured in the fifth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The band was also referenced in episode five (“Smoke and Mirrors”) of series two of The IT Crowd.

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