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Sheffield, United Kingdom (1985 – 1992)

World of Twist were an early 90s band tied to the movement, although their sound was closer to that of the bands that became popular later in the decade. They released a few singles and one album before disbanding, taking on a somewhat mythical character as a result.

For anyone living in Manchester during the early 90’s and not totally convinced by the Madchester scene - preferring music with a little more glamour and a little less predictability - World Of Twist (along with Intastella) were the ones worth paying attention to.

Although difficult to musically pin down they were a sort of Roxy Music meets Velvet Underground meets meets Joe Meek meets The Human League.

Significantly, World Of Twist were one of the first bands to be making quirky retro electronic pop music of the kind of that bands like Pulp (who at one point supported WOT live), Air and Goldfrapp would later be exploring and gaining wider success with.

Initially formed in Sheffield in 1985 the band line up was James Fry (Vocals), Andrew Hobson (Bass), Gordon King (Guitar), Tony Ogden (Drums), Rory Conolly (Saxophone), Nick Phillips (Organ) and Andy Robbins (Synthesiser). This World Of Twist soon fell to pieces and it was another three years until a new Manchester line up would emerge.

The 1989 version of World Of Twist had Tony Ogden (Now singer and co-songwriter) and Gordon King (Guitar and co-songwriter) joined by Andy Hobson (Synthesisers), Alan Frost aka Adge (Visual effects. Synthesisers), Julia aka M.C. Shells (Swirls and Sea Noises), Angela Reilly (Visual Effects). Nick Sanderson (Drums) joined a little later.

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  • nicorebel

    http://www.mojo4music.com/8805/world-twist-sons-stage/

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • r_m

    UKQuinny; sorry to say, but it was the other way round.

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Bloody brilliant better than Brit-pop. Loved their psychedelic synth blow outs :-)

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • JonnyAG

    classic

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • UKQuinny

    Pulp stole WOT's act, by far the best band never to have made it. Anybody got any where with getting hold of the second album yet?

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
  • RHiscox

    Great album need to get my hands on a bootleg of the unreleased second album http://teenshoegaze.blogspot.com/2009/10/world-of-twist-quality-street.html

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Miguel_Number9

    @ juepucta: That's me :)

    2 Mar 2011 Reply
  • juepucta

    Welcome musically inquiring Beady Eye fans...

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • kekekekekek

    sweets is my jam rite now

    14 Feb 2010 Reply
  • MizDS

    I'm working on Manchester International Festival, for their Procession, and we've got a whole section on World Of Twist and need some fans to take part!! Drop us a line and I can get you involved, if you're in Manchester that is! x

    5 Jun 2009 Reply
  • mrbenmagik

    Seriously high quality band! Pun Intended!

    23 Feb 2009 Reply
  • JPollocksno5

    http://www.worldoftwist.com/World-Of-Twist-Music.html Should have some of the non album stuff but they don't always work.

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • JakeJustice

    their cover of she's a rainbow is immense

    16 Oct 2008 Reply
  • karolpingvin

    Was at same gig as below. Saw the Twisters a number of times in early 90s, and bumped into TonyO a few times the Pev and in Manc. Was a top fella who gave me and my mates free entry into their gig down Camden where I embarrassed myself by trying to chat to Stella from Intastella. Anyway, Quality Street is an album I return to time and again, and it still bring a smile to my face and joy to my loins. RIP Tony Ogden. RIP Nick Sanderson.

    8 Aug 2008 Reply
  • rhubarbs11

    Blew me away when I saw them, support from Intastella, in Manchester back in '91. Autographed copy of Quality Street is one of my most treasured pocessions.

    30 May 2008 Reply
  • ashastarmix

    Yeah I agree with him below, Jarvis stole Ogden's act, nevertheless the funk/indie/psy lives on in W of T : )

    25 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Mobytanner

    One of my favourite bands ever! RIP Tony, great live especially their version of Kick Out the Jamms, had a bootleg copy of it from Camden market and it ruled! Should of been them not Pulp that headlined Glasto in 95. So missed!

    6 Feb 2008 Reply
  • ashastarmix

    real quality street : )

    2 Feb 2008 Reply
  • FluffySpider

    I got Quality Street on 2nd hand cassette and think its a great album, but I'd like the MP3s - anyone know where I can download any of the songs for free?

    28 Jun 2007 Reply
  • roochero

    RIP Tony Ogden

    22 Nov 2006 Reply
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