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Idlewild Biography

The Alternative-Rock band Idlewild was formed in December 1995 in Edinburgh, SCOTLAND by singer Roddy Woomble, guitarist Rod Jones, bassist Phil Scanlon and drummer Colin Newton; the foursome soon began to perform on a regular basis around the region and taped a demo which landed them a contract with the Human Condition Recods label.

In February 1997 Scanlon decided to leave the band to concentrate on his studies, Bob Fairfoull replaced him on bass; that summer the band was asked to record a single for Fierce Panda label and a few months later the 6-track set "Captain" followed as the group's debut mini-album.
Idlewild spent most of 1998 on tour in the U.K. and eventually completed their debut full-length disc, "Hope Is Important", which was issued in October on Food Records, the band toured the U.K. again, this time with Ash, before making their U.S. debut at the CMJ festival in New York; by early the next year, they scored the first charting single with "When I Argue I See Shapes", the track climbed into the top 20 of the British Pop chart.
The quartet resurfaced in spring 2000 with "100 Broken Windows" entering the U.K. Albums chart at #15; the set featured no less than four top 40 hit singles in "Little Discourage", "Actually It's Darkness", "These Wooden Ideas" and "Roseability"; the band also embarked on a national headlining tour as well as a European trek with Placebo.
Two years later Idlewild crashed into the top 10 of the British Singles chart with "You Held The World In Your Arms", the track was released in advance of "The Remote Part", the band's biggest hit to date, the record soared to #3 on the U.K. Official Albums chart while the second single, "American English", peaked at #15; the band supported the release of their third album with a four month-long European tour, during which they were offered the opening slot of Coldplay's stadium show, by that fall Fairfoull left to be replaced by Irish bass player Gavin Fox and Allan Stewart became a permanent member of Idlewild, graduating from his touring guitarist role into a full-time member of the band. In spring 2003 "The Remote Part" was finally released in the U.S. where it reached the #37 position on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.
March 2005 saw the release of the group's long awaited fourth album, "Warnings / Promises", which debuted at #9 in the U.K. backed by the top 20 hit single, "Love Steals Us From Loneliness".

Idlewild issued its next album, "Make Another World", in March 2007, it contained the U.K. top 40 single "No Emotion".
"Post Electric Blues", the band's sixth studio release, followed in October 2009.


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    The band line-up 1999