• 09 June 2004

Band form


Elbow (formed 1990) Elbow is a Manchester-based alternative rock band. The lineup of the band consists of Guy Garvey on vocals and guitar, Mark Potter on guitar and backing vocals, Craig Potter on keyboards and backing vocals, Pete Turner on bass and Richard Jupp on drums.

Formation & Early Years: Guy Garvey and Mark Potter met whilst they both attended Bury College. Potter was in a band with Richard Jupp and Pete Turner and asked Garvey to join the band as a singer. The band, at the time, was called Mr. Soft and later changed to simply 'Soft'. Mark's brother Craig joined the band shortly afterwards. The name changed once again, to Elbow and in 1997, they signed a record deal with Island Records.

Elbow recorded a debut album with Steve Osborne as producer. Soon after the recording of the album, however, Island Records was bought out by the Universal Group. A number of bands were culled from the roster during the buy-out. Elbow was one of them and the album was not released.

The band was not deterred by the setback and instead released The Noisebox EP on the independent Uglyman label. This was followed up by the release of The Newborn EP and The Any Day Now EP. The latter two releases received a great deal of airplay on BBC Radio 1.

Debut Album Onwards: Elbow's debut album was entitled Asleep In the Back. The album was released on V2 in 2001. The band was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize as well as a BRIT Award.

In 2003, Elbow released their second album, Cast of Thousands. The title comes from a moment during their Glastonbury 2002 performance, when they recorded the vast audience singing "We still believe in love, so fuck you." Elbow later used that recording on the song 'Grace Under Pressure'.

2004 saw Elbow touring Cuba, playing a number of clubs in the Havana area. Much of the tour was recorded by the documentary maker Irshad Ashraf. Although the film that he made was never released commercially, it was shown at a number of festivals during the summer of 2004. That same year, their song 'Fallen Angel' was featured on the soundtrack to the film 9 Songs, directed by Michael Winterbottom.

Elbow recorded a cover version of 'Independent Woman' by Destiny's Child that was featured on BBC Radio 1.

Elbow's third album was entitled Leaders of the Free World. The band produced the album themselves, at Salford's Blueprint Studios. A group of artists that worked under the name The Soup Collective produced a multimedia music and video VDV for the band. The album did not perform well commercially, though it received favourable reviews in the press. As a result, Elbow were released from their contract with V2.

Fiction Records soon signed Elbow to a new recording contract. In 2005, their track 'Snowball' was used on the War Child fundraiser album Help - A Day in the Life. They also contributed to another film soundtrack, when 'Beats For Two' was selected for the film Inside I'm Dancing.

The Seldom Seen Kid was Elbow's fourth studio album. Released in 2007, the album marked a new chapter in Elbow's career. The band produced the album themselves again and once more found one of their tracks on a film soundtrack. This time, 'Grounds For Divorce' was featured on the Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading, starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Frances McDormand. The Seldom Seen Kid also won the 2008 Mercury Music Prize. It was the second time that the band had been nominated for the award, but the first time that they had won. Jools Holland presented the award to the band on the night.

In June 2008, Elbow released 'One Day Like This', one of the biggest hits of their career so far. The track was used on the BBC's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was also utilised in Channel 4's coverage of Big Brother.

Other Projects: Guy Garvey works as a radio presenter on the BBC's digital station 6Music, which also features the likes of Steve Lamacq and Adam & Joe.

Garvey has also produced I Am Kloot's debut album Natural History.

Elbow's Best Of Isn't The End Of The Band

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 15 December 2017

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Elbow's Guy Garvey has insisted the band's new 'The Best Of' collection doesn't mean they have any plans to stop making albums - it's just a case of moving ''with the times''.

Elbow's new collection 'The Best Of' doesn't mean the band is coming to an end.

The 'One Day Like This' hitmakers are celebrating their 20-year-career as a band with the new release, but front man Guy Garvey has pointed out that they're simply moving in time with the music industry by bringing out the compilation.

Explaining the decision to The Sun newspaper, he said: ''It's a way of leading people to your music. My first Fleetwood Mac album was a 'Best Of' and my first Leonard Cohen album was a 'Best Of'.

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John Lewis Advert Slammed For 'Copying' Monster Book

By Holly Mosley in Books / Authors on 17 November 2017


Author Chris Riddell says the brand stole his idea.

John Lewis is under fire for their recent Moz The Monster Christmas advert soundtracked by Elbow, as author Chris Riddell claims the brand took their idea from his children's book 'Mr. Underbed'. The retailers are denying claims that they stole the idea, insisting that their tale was based on a 'universal' story.

Image caption Chris Riddell at the Costa Book Awards

The award-winning children's author took to social media to share some of the similarities between his story, published in 1986, and that of Moz the Monster; indeed, both stories feature a toothy blue benevolent monster who befriends a child.

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Elbow Do The Beatles For John Lewis' 2017 Christmas Ad With Moz The Monster

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 10 November 2017


An awesome cover of 'Golden Slumbers' from the Manchester rock band.

It is officially Christmas! The eagerly anticipated John Lewis advert has finally arrived with Elbow on the soundtrack and it is unbelievably adorable. Like last year's ad, this commercial isn't a tear-jerker, but it will have all kids wishing there was a monster under their bed as cute as Moz.

Image caption Elbow performing live in Bournemouth

Yes, it may still be November but there's a lot to prepare for Yuletide celebrations, the most important thing being buying presents. Soundtracking the 2017 John Lewis advert is Guy Garvey's band Elbow with the 1969 Beatles number 'Golden Slumbers' - a cover that will feature on their upcoming 'Best Of' album released on November 24th 2017. The compilation follows the release of their seventh release 'Little Fictions' which came out in February.

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Elbow perform on stage at Barclaycard British Summer Time at Hyde Park held at Hyde Park - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 8th July 2017

Elbow - Forest Live 2017, Bedgebury National Pinetum Review

By Andrew Lockwood in Music Reviews on 19 June 2017

Surrounded by the twelve thousand tress of the stunningly beautiful Bedgebury Pinetum, and in front of the thousands that had come to hear them play, Elbow took to the stage just outside Royal Tunbridge Wells, in Kent. As part of the Forestry Commission's annual events programme, 'Forest Live' (Now in its fifteenth year), firstly Steve Mason, and then Elbow, captivated all before them in this most picturesque of locations, rather aptly located in 'The Garden Of England'.

It wasn't so much as, "Way back up in the woods amongst the evergreens", and the stage was no log cabin but the setting, the venue and the balmy summers evening spent under a near cloudless sky listening to a near faultless performance was absolutely superb. In a corner of the ninety two year old Pinetum, and following in the illustrious footsteps of Blondie, Tom Jones and Paul Weller, to call out but a few, the two acts more than did their somewhat unfamiliar surroundings proud.

Steve Mason, pork-pie hat 'n all, took to the stage ahead of Elbow and rifled through a short sharp set that included songs from last years (Craig Potter, "The most attractive member of Elbow in my opinion" (SM), produced) 'Meet The Humans' album. He did a soaring take on, 'A Lot Of Love', a quite brilliant version of the lyrically deft, 'Alive', and clearly impassioned, dedicated, 'Never Be Alone', to the people of the Grenfell Tower. 'Planet Sizes' sounded awesome in the hazy early evening air before Steve closed out, after a minor misdemeanour from his ZZ Top like bassist...."I don't pay you £25 a gig to get it wrong....your appraisal's after the gig", with the Beta Band song, 'Dry The Rain'.

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Guy Garvey and the other members of Elbow perform live onstage at Usher Hall - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th March 2017

Elbow seen performing live in concert at the BIC - Bournemouth, United Kingdom - Wednesday 8th March 2017

New Albums To Look Forward To In 2017

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 26 December 2016

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Lorde, Eminem and four other major artists who ought to be releasing new music in 2017.

Every new year brings speculation as to which musical legends might be returning, and which pop heavyweights are due to release a new record. Here are six significant artists who are definitely, or widely expected to be, releasing new music in 2017.

Image caption British rock band Elbow

Although this track is the studio set's official single, it is the second song to be available, 'Fly Boy Blue/Lunette' was released as a digital download earlier this month on January 15th.

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Elbow and Brit Awards Tuesday 21st February 2012 The BRIT Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena - Arrivals

Elbow and Ivor Novello Awards - Thursday 21st May 2009 at Grosvenor House London, England