Infobox musical artist
Name = Spacehog
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Background = group_or_band
Glam rock, Alternative rock
Years_active = 1994–2002, 2008-present
Label = Elektra, Sire, Artemis
URL = [http://www.myspace.com/spacehogmusic Spacehog Website]
Current_members = Jonny Cragg
Spacehog is an English rock band from the 1990s and 2000s, heavily influenced by
David Bowie, Queen, and T. Rex. The group comprises Royston Langdon (bass and vocals), Antony Langdon ( guitarand vocals), Richard Steel(guitar), and Jonny Cragg (drums).
Though all the band members hail originally from
Leeds, England, the band formed in New York Cityin 1994 when Antony Langdon met Cragg by chance, in a caféwhere Cragg had a job killing rats. Soon after, Langdon's brother Royston joined the band, and Spacehog was born. Later when the band's original guitarist dropped out, Jonny Cragg called his friend Richard Steel to join the band. The band signed in 1994 with Seymour Stein to Sire Records.
October 24, 1995, Spacehog released their debut album, " Resident Alien". It went gold on the Billboard charts, selling over 500,000 copies and spawned the hit single and video "In the Meantime" as well as the single "Cruel to be Kind". "In the Meantime" received heavy video and radio play, and featured as background music to BBC's " Match of the Day" football programme. The band's second album, " The Chinese Album", was released on March 10, 1998. Though it did not sell as well as "Resident Alien", the band's popularity continued to increase as Spacehog opened for popular acts like Pearl Jamand Supergrass. "The Chinese Album" featured a more "artsy" sound, with the Pink Floyd-like piano on the opening track and Michael Stipeof R.E.M. contributing vocals to the song "Almond Kisses".
After the band dropped
Elektra Records, Spacehog signed with upstart label Artemis Recordsand released its third album, " The Hogyssey", on April 10, 2001. The album continued the band's neo-glam approach and featured the singles "I Want To Live" and "At Least I Got Laid", as well as a funkified version of Richard Strauss's "Also sprach Zarathustra". The band joined The Black Crowesand Oasis on the Tour of Brotherly Lovein support of the album, which proved to be the band's final major tour outing.
Royston, Antony and Christian Langdon then pooled their resources to form
Arckid. By June 2006, they had recorded eight songs with Bryce Goggin at Trout Studios in Brooklyn. Johnny Cragg, now sporting a moustache, joined The Twenty-Twos as their drummer post-Spacehog, but has since rejoined the Langdon brothers in Arckid.
At the end of November 2006 Antony Langdon left Arckid on good terms and has since devised an alter ego known as "Louis Arogant". This project is near completion as a record entitled "Victoria": an homage to Langdon's love for his wife, the director Victoria Clay de Mendoza. The album was expected for release toward the end of 2007.update after|2007|12|31 He also continues in the production of his television work. Also in the works is an album by Antony Langdon and Joaquin Phoenix. The project is called "This Lady is a Tramp" and is being mixed by Paul McKenna with help from Creation Records founder Alan McGee and the Charlatans’ Tim Burgess.
Antony Langdon was briefly replaced in Arckid by
Your Vegasguitarist Mat Steel, who subsequently left Arckid after they shot their first video to rejoin Your Vegas.Pete Denton of Cube and Kid Symphony fame joined Arckid for a short period of time.Richard Steel accompanied the three members of Arckid on stage during the Hilfiger Sessions NY and the 2007 Lollapalooza gigs.
July2008, Spacehog reunited to play two shows, the first at the Viper Roomand the second at Troubador. Drummer Jonny Cragg posted on the Arckid MySpacepage that Spacehog will be reuniting and begin work on a new record.cite news | last=Kaufman | first=Gil | title=Former Spacehog Takes A Shot With Velvet Revolver | url=http://newsroom.mtv.com/2008/07/30/former-spacehog-takes-a-shot-with-velvet-revolver/ | publisher= MTV| date=2008-07-30 | accessdate=2008-07-31]
Resident Alien" (Sire, 1995) US #49, Gold
The Chinese Album" (Sire, 1998)
The Hogyssey" (Artemis, 2001) US Top Independent Albums #21
Hamsters of Rock" (Sire, 1996)
Four Future Tracks" (Artemis, 2001)
* [http://www.LouisArogant.com Louis Arogant]
* [http://spaceoddities.net Space Oddities Fansite]
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