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Travis are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow incomposed of Fran Healy lead vocalsrhythm guitarDougie Payne bass guitarbacking vocalsAndy Dunlop lead guitarbanjobacking vocals and Neil Primrose drumspercussion. The band released their debut album, Good Feelingto moderate success where it debuted at number nine on the UK Albums Chart Boomtown - The Blasters - Non Fiction and went onto achieve a silver certification from the BPI in January The Invisible Band went on to match the success found with their previous album, where it debuted at number one on the UK Friends - Travis - Ode To J.Smith Chart and spent a total of four weeks at the top spot, fifteen weeks in the top ten, and a total of fifty-five weeks in the top one-hundred chart,  as well as peaking at thirty-nine on the US Billboard album chart, spending a duration of seven weeks in the Billboard chart.
Craft Recordings celebrated the 20th anniversary of Travis' breakthrough year with two simultaneous releases: Live at Glastonbury '99plus expanded editions of The Man Who — both of which were released on 21 June. Various - Its Jamaica Jump Blues Time! Dunlopa school friend at Lenzie Academy, was drafted in on guitar.
The line-up was completed by a female vocalist, Catherine Maxwell, and the band's name became "Glass Onion", after the Beatles song of the same name. Neil Primrose joined to replace Jarvis. Parting company with their singer in the spring ofthey auditioned for a new vocalist.
Having met each other through Primrose pouring him a pint, an untrained art student, Fran Healythen joined after being invited to audition by Primrose. Healy joined the band on the day he enrolled at The Glasgow School of Artin the autumn of Two years Chemosynthesis - Luigi Tozzi - Deep Blue, with the option of music holding more appeal, Healy dropped out of art school, and inspired by songwriters such as Joni Mitchellassumed songwriting responsibilities.
Two weeks before they were due to leave, however, the prize was instead given to the Music in Scotland Trust Directory. When sent a copy of the directory, the band noticed that it Friends - Travis - Ode To J.Smith to feature every single band in Scotland—except for them. The band showed promise but had yet to evolve into a decent line-up capable Friends - Travis - Ode To J.Smith fulfilling it and Friends - Travis - Ode To J.Smith several years treading water.
They had quite good songs; Fran always did write good songs. Healy: "He told us we were shit, took us in the studio for four days, and taught us how to play properly, like a band. He was ballsy, rude, and New York pushy. He didn't believe my lyrics and told me to write what I believed in and not tell lies. He was Mary Poppinshe sorted us out.
With the sudden death of his grandfather, a grief-stricken Healy shut himself away, refusing to talk to anyone. Emerging a week later, and with a clear vision of where he now wanted Travis and their music to go, Healy dispensed with the band's management and publicity agent.
Having been repeatedly knocked back by the British record industry, the band couldn't afford to stay around the country for another few years and so decided to move to New York, feeling that the U.
They turned a corner. The immediate impact of what was a very secret deal was that the line-up was changed—keyboard player Geoff Martyn was removed, and the bassist, Geoff's brother Chris, was replaced with Healy's best friend Dougie Payne —and the band was moved to London, where they were given a rehearsal room and a house.
Payne, a fellow art student who worked as a Levi's shop assistant, had not played bass guitar previously and initially proved reluctant to take up the new instrument. After having completed a crash course of a couple of weeks, Payne played with the new line-up for the first time in a free space above the Horse Shoe Bar in Glasgow. Once set up in London the band spent between nine months and a year recording new songs. Discs Records and founder of Independiente Records.
Produced by Steve Lillywhite of U2 fame, Travis' first studio album, 's Good Feelingis a rockier, more upbeat record than the band's others to date. The album reached No. Although it heralded Travis' arrival on the British music scene, received extremely positive reviews, and substantially broadened Travis' fan base, it sold just 40, copies.
Following the release, Travis toured extensively, their live performances further enhancing their reputation. The band continued recording at, among other studios, Abbey Road Studios in London. Shortly after release, The Man Who initially looked as though it would mirror the release of Good Feeling. Worse, many critics who had raved about the rocky Good Feeling rubbished the album for the band's move into more melodic, melancholic material for example, "Travis will be best when they stop trying to make sad, classic records"— NME.
However, when the album slipped as far as No. Then, when Travis took the stage to perform this song at the Glastonbury Festivalafter being dry for several hours, it began to rain as soon as the first line was sung.
The following day the story was all over the papers and television, and with word of mouth and increased radio play of this and the album's other singles, The Man Who rose to No. In Los Angeles, an appearance of the band at an in-store signing forced police to close Sunset Strip.
The gentle, melodic approach of The Man Who became a hallmark of the latter-day Britpop sound, and inspired a new wave of UK-based rock bands, with acts such as Coldplay and Starsailor soon joining Travis in challenging the chart dominance of urban and dance acts. The majority of songs for this album were written before Good Feeling was even released. The title of Travis' following album, 's The Invisible Bandagain produced by Nigel Godrichreflects the band's genuine belief that their music is more important than the group behind it.
It also received Top of the Pops Album of the Year. The album also had an impact across the Atlantic, the popularity in the US of the single " Coming Around ", a non-album track with Byrdsesque harmonies and string guitar, enhancing this. Travis again followed the release of The Invisible Band with an extensive world tour.
Breaking his neck, he almost died Friends - Travis - Ode To J.Smith to spinal damage. If not for his road crew, he also would have drowned. With Primrose having recovered, Travis regrouped and re-evaluated. Moving into a cottage in Crear, Argyll and Butethey set up a small studio, and over two weeks, came up with nine new songs that would form the basis of their fourth studio album, 's 12 Memories. Produced by Travis themselves, Tchad Blakeand Steve Orchard, the album marked a move into more organic, moody and political territory for the band.
Although this seems to have alienated some fans, the album generally Sick - BRIAN (112) - Paralyzed very positive reviews for example, "Then, of course, there's Travis and their album 12 Memories [Epic].
You just have to sit there and listen to it all the way through, and Friends - Travis - Ode To J.Smith will take you on a real journey. It's like an old album. It's like the Beatles' Revolver . Fran Healy's voice and lyrics are mesmerizing and beautiful"—Elton Johnsingles such as " Re-Offender " did very well on the UK chart, and the album itself reached No. Yet it also saw them lose ground in the U. Much later, Fran Healy spoke about the album as a whole being about him working through his own clinical Manic Street Preachers - Walk Me To The Bridge, and the 12 memories being 12 reasons for him Friends - Travis - Ode To J.Smith his depressed state.
At the time this wasn't mentioned, but the revelation that Healy was depressed ties in with the band's decision to take longer writing and releasing their next work. InTravis embarked on a highly successful tour of Canada, the US, and Europe supported by Keane in the UKand on Novemberthe band released a successful compilation of their singles, Singlesas well as the new tracks, " Walking in the Sun " and "The Distance" written by Dougie Payne.
While on tour, the band also made a series of impromptu acoustic "busks", raising money for the charity The Big Issue. In addition to other performances, they Its A Long Way To The Top - Paganini - Its A Long Way To The Top headlined the Isle of Wight Festival and T in the Park.
Healy is a part of the Make Poverty History movement, having recently made two trips to Sudan with the Save the Children Faith No More - Cyber Axis - The Final Sign. It read: "Tony Blair—Some steps forward, much to do at the G8, make poverty history. Nigel Godrich was the album's executive producer, while Mike Hedges and Brian Eno were also involved.
The album is named after Healy's son, Clay, whom Healy and his partner Nora were unable to name until four weeks after his birth. Healy has described the process of making the album as "like coming out of the forest",  and that the band is now "in a good place", contrasting with the dark mood surrounding 12 Memories.
Reviews of the album were mixed. The album's first single, " Closer ", was released on 23 April and peaked at No. The music video for the single features a cameo role from actor and friend of the band, Ben Stiller.
Stiller plays the role of a supermarket manager. The album's tour lasted until December ending in a home-coming gig in Glasgow. The band visited for the first time places including Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile playing as part of a festival co-headlined with The Killers and Starsailor during this tour. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. In early Junea vinyl EP of the song " J. Smith " was announced online as the first release from Ode to J. Smith for 30 June. Fran Healy said, "The album is called Ode to J.
Smith partly giving a heads up to the key song and partly because all the songs are written about nameless characters or to nameless characters. In live shows promoting the album in springHealy said the song Friends was written from the perspective of the girlfriend of the book's protagonist J.
Smithabout friends who are only there to ask for favours. The album would be released through their own record label Red Telephone Box, with the lead single " Something Anything " being released on 15 September. Smith was released. Early reviews were very positive, with some calling it Travis' best record ever. Smith was " Song to Self ", on 5 January A live acoustic album featuring Healy and Dunlop was released on 19 January In Travis returned to live performances.
They performed several Keane songs. Travis recorded some songs for their next album at the end of September and they continued writing new songs on February with Keane. Fran Healy confirmed on his Twitter account that the new Travis album will be released in the first half of Travis played together on 4 May at the Sandance Festival in Dubai.
A pre single teaser track called "Another Guy" from the band's forthcoming seventh album was released as a free download from the band's official website on 20 March A post from Travis on their Friends - Travis - Ode To J.Smith page confirmed that recording had commenced on the band's eighth album at Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin in January In at the 18th annual Scottish Music Awards, Travis were presented with the award for their outstanding contribution to music.
Travis also guest starred on Feeder 's " Tumble and Fall ", performing backing vocals at the end of Friends - Travis - Ode To J.Smith song.
This was because at the time that Feeder were recording their album Pushing the SensesTravis were in the next studio and they ended up recording together.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. All the album's tracks were re-recorded by contemporary artists, supervised by the original engineer, Geoff Emerickusing the same 4-track studio equipment. Travis contributed a rendition of " Lovely Rita ". The band wanted to be as faithful to the original as possible, even to the extent of recording the guitars in the stairwell of Abbey Road Studios in order to recreate the acoustics.