Saturday, September 15, 2012
SATURDAY'S SCOTTISH SINGLE (Part 41)
Dogs Die in Hot Cars is a Scottish band from St. Andrews consisting of members Craig Macintosh (vocals, guitar), Gary Smith (vocals, guitar) Ruth Quigley (vocals, keyboards, French horn), Lee Worrall (bass and glockenspiel) and Laurence Davey (drums and percussion).
Macintosh, Smith, Worrall and Davey all met at Madras College and began playing together in 1993 at the age of 14. After having performed under various names they settled on "Dogs Die In Hot Cars" in 1997. In 1999 they moved to Glasgow where they met Ruth Quigley to complete the line up.
In 2003 they accrued the management of Lee O'Hanlon, who previously worked in the Stereophonics management (Marsupial) and was A&R consultant for Björk's label, One Little Indian. Later that year the band signed a one off single deal with EMI subsidiary label, Radiate Records. The single included the songs "I Love You 'Cause I Have To", "Celebrity Sanctum" and "Somewhat Off The Way".
In autumn 2003, the band signed to V2 Records and Chrysalis Publishing. In July 2004 they released their debut album Please Describe Yourself (Produced by Langer & Winstanley), which included the tracks "I Love You 'Cause I Have To", "Godhopping" and "Lounger". "Godhopping" peaked at No. 24 on the UK Singles Chart and remains the band's biggest hit. "I Love You 'Cause I Have To" peaked at No. 32 on the UK Singles Chart.
The band list their main musical influences as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante, The Beatles, Talking Heads and Kate Bush
A song of the band's, entitled 'Nobody Teaches Life Anything ' (found on 2004 release Man Bites Man EP) was used in a television advertising campaign in the UK by Boots between 2005 and 2008.
In 2006, following the departure of guitarist, Gary Smith choosing to study Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow, the band entered the studio to record their second album.
However, during a break in the recording schedule the remaining members decided to abandon the album. In 2008 the band released 17 demos that they’d written for the second album, for people to remix and rewrite how they liked, with the intention being that of the best mixes for each song, they would compile a final record and share any potential royalties from it 50-50 with those who contributed. Following, however, on their website it states that "the band felt there weren’t enough mixes to warrant a release as just conclusion to the project and to the band. Realising, then, that the outcome wasn’t what would make the second album, but rather the project in itself was the heart of their second release, the band have left all the songs online to be available indefinitely to download for free via their website, for people to remix and rewrite how they want, with the continuing of the 50-50 sharing of potential licensing fees for all who make their own versions."
In 2010, frontman Craig Macintosh, performing under the name Moy, released his first solo album, The Lie. Lee Worrall, bass player is now manager at the famous Glasgow venue King Tut's Wah Wah Hut.
mp3 : Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Lounger
mp3 : Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Mandarins
Again from wiki:-
According to The Independent, it is "a song about an overeducated, lazy bohemian" with lyrics such as "I get up when I want/Don't have to eat my greens/Or keep my bedroom tidy" guaranteed to appeal to students. The song was called the album's "telling moment" by Pitchfork Media, whilst Stylus said that it "fizzes along like no-one’s business, guitar on super-jangle and piano set to hyper-jaunty." It reached a peak of 43 on the UK Singles Chart, thereby becoming the last Dogs Die in Hot Cars single, and indeed release, to chart.