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Dodgy are an English power pop rock trio, that rose to prominence during the Britpop era of the 1990s They are best known for their hits "Staying Out for the Summer", "If You're Thinking of Me", and "Good Enough" The last was their biggest hit reaching No 4 in the UK Singles Chart They released their first album in over a decade, Stand Upright in a Cool Place, on Strikeback Records in February 2012


  • 1 History
    • 11 Formation and initial activity 1990–97
    • 12 Post-break up and reunion 1998–present
  • 2 Musical style
  • 3 Discography
    • 31 Studio albums
    • 32 Compilation albums
    • 33 Live albums
    • 34 UK singles
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Formation and initial activity 1990–97

Dodgy were born from the ashes of Purple, a trio from Bromsgrove and Redditch, who had moved to London and was composed of Nigel Clark on bass, Mathew Priest on drums and David Griffiths on guitar Shortly after their arrival in London in 1988, Frederic Colier joined the band as the bass guitarist, with Clark providing vocals The new formation first settled in Battersea, using their living quarters as a rehearsal space The quartet then relocated to a detached house in Hounslow, where they turned the garage into a recording studio The band played around the London music circuit and during that time that the band met their future manager, Andy Winter

Purple, live in London, summer 1989 Nigel Clark on guitar and vocals, Frederic Colier on bass, Mathew Priest on drums

Dissension led to the dismissal of Griffiths, with Clark stepping in as the guitarist The trio performed several concerts around London before agreeing that a lead guitarist was needed After placing an ad in the magazine Loot, the band invited Ben Lurie, a guitarist from Australia, to join them, only to see him leave them less than a week later to join The Jesus and Mary Chain Shortly after, Andy Miller, joined the band Armed with a new sound, the band decided to change its name It is during this time of transition and intense songwriting that Colier left the outfit Clark took back the bass, and with Miller on guitar and Mathew Priest on drums, they became Dodgy

The band's debut album was produced by The Lightning Seeds' Ian Broudie The band concerned themselves with social issues by supporting The Serious Road Trip, War Child, the Liverpool Dockers' Strike, Charter 88 and youth democracy campaigns The band became the second UK act, after China Drum, to play in Sarajevo after the lifting of the siege, giving a concert at Kuk club in August 1996 They returned to Bosnia in 1997, to film a programme with Kate Thornton in Mostar

Post-break up and reunion 1998–present

While Clark was absent from 1998 to 2007 to pursue ongoing solo projects, Priest and Miller continued the band as a five piece joined by the vocalist David Bassey, keyboardist Chris Hallam, and bassist Nick Abnett This line-up of the group would record one album, Real Estate, released in 2001, which was produced and mixed with Robin Evans at T-Pot Studios in Scotland On their "Dingwalls to Dingwall" tour in 2000, the group visited the Hebridean island of Taransay, to entertain the castaways being filmed for a BBC reality television programme

The original line-up of the band, Clark, Miller, and Priest, returned with a live album, So Far On 3 Wheels – Dodgy On The Radio, in October 2007 In the summer of 2007, the band announced a reunion tour, featuring the entire original line-up These plans were abandoned however, when Miller fell out of bed, chipping a bone in his arm in the process The rescheduled tour took place in March 2008

The band played two sets at Guilfest music festival in Guildford, Surrey in July 2008 The first set was an acoustic set in the Unison tent where they appeared in support of the organisation They later played a set with full band on the main stage They headlined the Sunday night at Scarborough's Beached Festival in August 2008, and appeared at the ToneFest in September

In November 2008, the first tracks from new recording sessions appeared online They played a benefit show in May 2009, as part of the homelessness charity Crisis' 'Hidden Gigs' campaign, alongside The Bluetones

In 2009, Dodgy played at the Glastonbury Festival, as well as appearances at Bug Jam 2009, Whatfest and Cornbury

On 29 August 2010, Dodgy played at The Galtres Festival in North Yorkshire, playing Dodgy tracks such as "In a Room" and "Staying out for the Summer", as well as a version of Nigel Clark's solo track, "21st Century Man"

On 23 April 2011, Dodgy played as the headliners at the Mash Fest Festival in Trowbridge and on 28 May 2011, Dodgy headlined at the LeeStock Music Festival in Sudbury, Suffolk, helping to raise money for the Willow Foundation Mathew Priest said in an interview with the BBC that they would be playing a mixture of new songs and old favourites and talking of their new material said "If we can just get people to listen to it, they're going to love it" on 25 August 2011, Dodgy also Headlined at the Garlic Festival, in the Isle of Wight

For live shows promoting the album, the band recruited Stuart Thoy of the band Smoke Feathers to play bass

In May 2012 they played at Lakefest festival

"What Became of You" was the first single to be taken from Stand Upright in a Cool Place, their new album Rather than following the trend of bands re-forming to play their classic albums in full, Dodgy announced that on their recent UK tour, it was their new album that would be previewed live in its entirety The album was released 20 February 2012 via the independent Strikeback Records, to favourable reviews from MOJO, the Guardian and Q Magazine

Thoy would then join the band as a full member and participate in the recording of their fifth album, What Are We Fighting For, which was released on 2 September 2016

Musical style

AllMusic biographer Stephen Thomas Erlewine described the band as "clowns of Brit-pop" that played "infectious, goofy punk-pop", which "alternately sounded like the early Who and the Stone Roses"


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart
Sales Certifications
The Dodgy Album
  • Released: 24 May 1993
  • Label: A&M 540 082
  • Format: CD, CS, DL, LP
  • Released: 24 October 1994
  • Label: A&M 540 282
  • Format: CD, CS, DL, LP
  • UK: Gold
Free Peace Sweet
  • Released: 17 June 1996
  • Label: A&M 540 573
  • Format: CD, CS, DL, LP
  • UK: 400,000
  • UK: Platinum
Real Estate
  • Released: 23 July 2001
  • Label: Bostin BTNCD005
  • Format: CD, DL
Stand Upright in a Cool Place
  • Released: 20 February 2012
  • Label: Strike Back SBR 200
  • Format: CD, DL, LP
What Are We Fighting For
  • Released: 2 September 2016
  • Label: Cherry Red BRED689
  • Format: CD, DL, LP
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory

Compilation albums

  • Ace A's and Killer B's 1998 No 55 UK
  • The Collection 2004
  • Good Enough – The Very Best of Dodgy 2014

Live albums

  • So Far on 3 Wheels – Dodgy on the Radio 2007
  • Dodgy – Live at Cornbury Festival 2009
  • Dodgy Live – Back to Back 2013

UK singles

  • "Summer Fayre" 1991
  • "Easy Way" 1991
  • "The Black and White Single" 1992
  • "Water Under The Bridge" 1993
  • "Lovebirds" 1993 No 65
  • "I Need Another EP" 1993 No 67
  • "The Melod-EP" 1994 No 53
  • "Staying Out for the Summer" 1994 No 38
  • "So Let Me Go Far" 1995 No 30
  • "Making the Most Of" 1995 Dodgy with The Kick Horns No 22
  • "Staying Out for the Summer" remix 1995 No 19
  • "In a Room" 1996 No 12
  • "Good Enough" 1996 No 4
  • "If You're Thinking of Me" 1996 No 11
  • "Found You" 1997 No 19
  • "Every Single Day" 1998 No 32
  • "Feathercuts and Monkeyboots" 2000 No 106
  • "We All Need a Little Liftin" 2001 No 175
  • "Down in the Flood/Forgive Me Club Tour Mix EP" 2008
  • "What Became Of You" 2012
  • "Only A Heartbeat" 2012
  • "This Love Is Bigger Than Both Of Us" 2012
  • "California Gold" 2016
  • "What Are We Fighting For" 2016


  • "Forgive Me – Demo" 2008
  • "Down in the Flood" 2008
  • "Find a Place" – The Bootleg Series and Crisis Charity Download 2009
  • "Christmas At The Foodbank" 2013 Charity Release for The Trussell Trust

See also

  • List of Britpop musicians
  • List of NME covers
  • List of performers on Top of the Pops
  • List of Never Mind the Buzzcocks episodes


  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C 2000 The Great Rock Discography 5th ed Edinburgh: Mojo Books p 279 ISBN 1-84195-017-3 
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David 2006 British Hit Singles & Albums 19th ed London: Guinness World Records Limited p 163 ISBN 1-904994-10-5 
  3. ^ Crisisorg Archived 15 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Information | LeeStock Music Festival 3 June 2012" Leestockorg 2012-04-05 Retrieved 2012-04-10 
  5. ^ Dobbie, Anna 2011-05-20 "BBC News – Dodgy and Bluetones singer Mark Morriss at LeeStock" Bbccouk Retrieved 2012-04-10 
  6. ^ Green Gab PR 2011 "Smoke Feathers" Green Gab PR Retrieved 12 May 2017 
  7. ^ Smoke Feathers 2 October 2011 "Stu plays bass for Dodgy on UK tour" Smoke Feathers Retrieved 12 May 2017 
  8. ^ "Lakefest 2012: Line-up 2012" Lakefestcouk 20 January 2012 Archived from the original on 19 April 2012 Retrieved 10 April 2012 
  9. ^ Simpson, Dave 2012-02-16 "Dodgy: Stand Upright in a Cool Place – review" the Guardian Retrieved 2018-04-10 
  10. ^ Britton, Luke Morgan 23 May 2016 "Dodgy confirm new album 'What Are We Fighting For' – watch 'You Give Drugs A Bad Name' video" NME Retrieved 12 May 2017 
  11. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas "Dodgy | Biography & History" AllMusic Retrieved July 31, 2016 
  12. ^ "NECK DEEP" officialchartscom Retrieved 22 August 2015 
  13. ^ Newman 1997, p 16

External links

  • Dodgy on Facebook
  • wwwdodgyologycom Dodgy's official website launched 8 November 2008
  • wwwmyspacecom/dodgyuk Dodgy's official MySpace
  • Comprehensive Discography
  • Dodgy on The Mag

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