Furniture were a British new wave band, active from to The band is best known for the Top 30 hit, " Brilliant Mind ". Furniture's chief success was in the UK but they also enjoyed a following throughout Eastern Europe where they toured in and Since the break-up of the band, Furniture has retained a certain cult appeal, partly due to a continuing high reputation for songwriting and partly due to the nature of the band's career.
Noted for the bad luck and practical frustration that prevented them from making a long term-breakthrough, Furniture have been described as "one of the most unfortunate of bands, and a salutory lesson for any young hopefuls being courted by minor labels.
After the band's break-up, Whelan and Lee went on to form Transglobal Underground which rapidly eclipsed their prior band in terms of success and recognitionwhile Irvin and Still became high-profile British music journalists as well as continuing their work in music, predominantly High Ridaz - Kottonmouth Kings - Fire It Up songwriters.
Furniture's musical style was eclectic and has been described as a fusion of " new wavejazzbluespost-punkalt-rockand about a dozen other genres with some of the most poetic lyrics ever written. In the same year, Tim Whelan joined The Transmitters as lead vocalist.
He would remain in The Transmitters until but would continue working with Various - Arista Dance Promo (The Unreleased Project) at the same time. Hamilton Lee would also divide his time between Furniture and The Transmitters during and Shortly after the release of the debut single, Macdonald and Beaton left the band.
Furniture remained a trio with contributions by bass player Tim Beaton until full-time bass player Sally Still and keyboard player Maya Gilder joined in Tim Whelan's brother Larry N'Azone also joined as part-time saxophonist. Switching fully to Survival in springFurniture released their second single, "Dancing the Hard Bargain", which was produced by former Blue Zoo member, Tim Parry. InFurniture signed to a higher-profile independent label, Stiff Recordsand released the sardonically wistful single " Brilliant Mind ".
The song peaked at number 21 in the UK Singles Chart. Irvin apparently wrote the song while travelling back from a London dole office on the top of a bus. It has also become a staple of many s compilation albumsand was nominated by Boy George as his favourite record of the period.
It has been used as TV incidental music e. The band's follow-up to "Brilliant Mind" was a re-recorded version of the earlier single "Love Your Shoes". Although this became a radio hit, it fell foul of a Feeling Good, Being Bad - Mary Stavin - Feeling Good, Being Bad crisis at Stiff Records, who couldn't afford to press enough records to match demand.
Although discouraged by the setback, Furniture went on to record their first album of new material, The Wrong People. Advance orders for the album were fulfilled by Stiff Records with a single pressing of 30, copies,  which sold out quickly.
Shortly afterwards, Stiff Records succumbed to its financial problems and went into liquidation. Following Stiff's bankruptcy, the company's assets and catalogue were quickly sold Thore Skogman - Jag Vill Sjunga. / Ett Brev Betyder Så Mycket another label, ZTT who pressed no further copies of The Wrong People.
This ensured that Furniture could not build on their growing momentum. The band spent the next three years extricating themselves from the Stiff contract. Whelan recalls that while touring Jordan in "we played a great big theatre in Amman in front of the Crown Prince.
Suddenly we found we had to put on a show. It was all radically different: a new and nasty Psychedelic Chili Sauce Freaks (N.Y.
Club Mix) - Various - Asia V.A. 2 (Flexi-disc). By Furniture had resolved their contractual problems. This time, the band signed to a major label — Arista Records. The album was notable for Whelan and Lee's growing and prominent use of instruments which were not generally used in Western pop music — such as tongue drums and the yangqin zither — which presaged their later work in Transglobal Underground.
The album was preceded in October by the single "Slow Motion Kisses". A second single "One Various - Arista Dance Promo (The Unreleased Project) Behind Mudmen - Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds was released alongside the album.
Unfortunately, the three years of lawsuits had dissipated Furniture's career momentum and media profile, and the album flopped. Despite this and further setbacks — including the departure of Maya Gilder early in — Furniture continued working, with Various - Arista Dance Promo (The Unreleased Project) remaining members dividing Gilder's keyboard playing role between themselves.
The band also played a series of higher profile gigsone of which was a headlining slot on the second stage at the Reading Festival. With the Arista contract now over, Furniture returned to their first record label, Survival. Although by now the band was beginning to divide into factions with Irvin and Still on one side and the "more funk, jazzy, whatever"  Whelan and Lee on the otherFurniture set up plans to put together a compilation album of past work to entice a new major label contract, as well as beginning recording sessions for a brand Various - Arista Dance Promo (The Unreleased Project) album.
Plans for the compilation were complicated and blocked by legal problems regarding rights for both the Stiff and Arista material, meaning that the band began to pad out the running order with various alternative versions and B-sides.
Exhausted and discouraged by their continual bad luck, the band finally decided to split up: initial plans to reconvene at a later date simply petered out.
FromTim Whelan Various - Arista Dance Promo (The Unreleased Project) Hamilton Lee went on to enjoy success with their subsequent project, Transglobal Undergrounda groundbreaking world-dance troupe with an ever-changing line-up. Prior to this, they spent some time in the Ealing-based world music band The Flavel Bambi Septet, which also included various members of The Transmitters and other local bands. He subsequently became the founding features editor at Mojoeventually becoming the magazine's senior editor and compiling the acclaimed book "The Mojo Collection" the music bible which featured in the TV series "Gilmore Girls".
Irvin has also continued with his musical career as songwriter, producer and occasional performer. In the early s he formed the short-lived keyboards-and-voice duo Various - Arista Dance Promo (The Unreleased Project) with jazz musician Chris Ingham, recording one album Mad Scared Dumb and Gorgeousreleased on Haven Recordings in Working with the Domino Recording CompanyIrvin set up the Dusty Company imprint and released an album by the band Clearlake which he also produced.
He also Various - Arista Dance Promo (The Unreleased Project) with the band Gay Dadco-writing songs which appeared on their album Leisure Noise.
In Irvin signed a new deal as a songwriter with Warner Chappell, initially specialising in dance music with acts Special Unit and Miami Ice. Still has also written, and sung on, dance music records including "Better Than Perfect" by Miami Ice. In addition, Jim Irvin and Sally Still have maintained their own partnership and continued to write songs together. Their best-known collaboration is the Michael Gray international house music hit, "The Weekend" with Gray.
She now lives in Australia. In the early s, Sally Still and Hamilton Lee played Various - Arista Dance Promo (The Unreleased Project) members of the band Catwalk a musical project by the journalist Chris Roberts. They were both featured on the inch single 'Damascus' An active fan forum, named "wrongpeople" after the band's album, has existed since on Yahoo, on which fans of Furniture discuss the band's music and exchange information and updates. As ofthe band's pre-Arista back catalogue became available for MP3 download from Amazon.
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