Texas are: Sharleen Spiteri, vocals, guitar, keyboards, Johnny McElhone, all instruments and machines, Tony McGovern, guitars, programming, Eddie Campbell, keyboards, programming, Ally McErlaine, guitars
Texas (formed 1986)
Texas are a Scottish rock band founded by Johnny McElhone.
Texas was formed following McElhone's departure from his previous bands Altered Images and Hipsway.
The name was taken from the 1984 Wim Wenders drama movie 'Paris, Texas'.
They made their first performance at the University of Dundee in 1988.
Current members are Sharleen Spiteri, Ally McErlaine, Johnny McElhone, Eddie Campbell, Tony McGovern, Neil Payne and Michael Bannister.
Texas: Musical career
Texas released their debut single, 'I Don't Want a Lover', in 1989. It reached number 8 in the UK while their debut album, 'Southside', reached number 3.
Their second album, 'Mothers Heaven', and its subsequent singles in 1991 were less successful, though a cover version of Al Green's 'Tired of Being Alone' in 1992 managed to hit the charts at number 19.
In 1993, third album 'Ricks Road' saw them pick up again with two Top 40 singles, 'So Called Friend' and 'You Owe It All to Me' while the album itself reached number 18.
After being noticed on Channel 4 show 'TFI Friday' in 1997, their single 'Say What You Want' number 3 in the second week. Fourth album, 'White on Blonde', topped the UK Album charts twice in six months and sold 1.8 million copies. Five of the singles were subsequently top 10 hits.
Their next single in 1999, 'In Our Lifetime', reached number 4 and featured on the 'Notting Hill' film soundtrack. The fifth album 'Hush' became another number 1 seller.
In 2000, they released their first compilation album, 'The Greatest Hits' which was another chart topper. Their new single, 'In Demand' was accompanied by a video featuring Alan Rickman.
In 2002, singer Spiteri had her daughter Mysty Kyd. The following year, they released single 'Carnival Girl' featuring rapping from Kardinal Offishall. It reached number 9 while album 'Careful What You Wish For' managed to grace the charts at number 5.
In 2005, single 'Getaway' hit number 6 as did later single 'Sleep'. While the singles did well, the album 'Red Book', however, only reached number 16.
Spiteri started out her solo career in 2008, with her debut album 'Melody' reaching number 3 in the UK.
In 2009, McErlaine suffered a brain aneurysm but miraculously recovered going against the odds of a 20% chance of survival.
Following a brief hiatus, the band reunited and embarked on a summer tour in 2011.