- Spitfire (UK band)
: "For the American band, see
Spitfire (US band).": "For the Russian band, see Spitfire (Russian band)."
Spitfire are a band from
Crawley, West Sussex, England whose ever-changing line up revolved around brothers Nick & Jeff Pitcher. Other members included Steve White(later in the Situation Two band The Spectrum Zero), Justin Welch(later in Elastica), Steven Walker who went on to play in the Auteursand Modern English, Matt Wise and Scott Kenny.
Two early EPs on Eve Recordings saw the band linked to the
shoegazingscene and to the Scene That Celebrates Itself, although a cover of The Six Million Dollar Mantheme staked out their retro appeal.
Around this time, the band were involved in several controversial incidents including the handing out of backstage passes for
groupiesand a string of apparently sexist proclamations to the music press of the time. The band later insisted that these incidents were merely ironic and intended to poke fun at rock stars' posturing. Debut album feverish was released on Paperhouse Records in 1993.
Spitfire were hailed as influential by many
New wave of new wavebands, and regularly gigged with S*M*A*S*Hand These Animal Menbetween 1994and 1996. The Pitcher brothers were resident DJs at Brightonclub The Basement, which with Camden's Good Mixerpub and Blow Upclub was at the core of the pre- Britpopscene.
A second album
Electric Colour Climaxfollowed on Lowlife Records in 1996. The band again courted controversy, with a sleeve featuring a retro pornographic image, found at London's Toe Rag Studies where the band had recorded the 13 track album on vintage recording equipment in just five days. The band's studio line-up now included Pete Whittick, Bob McPherson, Scott Kenny, Matt Wise, Vanessa Widdup and Rob Colley (previously with Brightonfunk band Arthur).
The band drifted apart around 1999, with the Pitcher brothers forming Cheetah, a new (but very similar sounding) garage rock band. Matt Wise and Scott Kenny had, meanwhile, started a new band called Society who continue to write and perform material to the present day.
[http://spitfiretheband.moonfruit.com/ Spitfire Website]
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