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Tricky Biography

Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws was born on January 27, 1968, in Bristol, ENGLAND and is best known by his pseudonym Tricky. Known at first as Tricky Kid, he became more of a producer than a musician. In the early '90s, he recorded with fellow Bristolian group Massive Attack and also met Martina Topley-Bird his full-time musical collaborator and mother of their only child Maisie.

In February 1995 Tricky released his first solo album, "Maxinquaye" and charted within the top 3 in U.K. becoming part of the early sound dubbed Trip-Hop, a dark, bass-driven blend of Rap, Funk and Electronica.

1996 was one of the artist's most productive years; he released not only two full-length discs and one EP, but also a lot of remixes and other collaborations with artists like Bush, Elvis Costello and Garbage. The British top 10 album, "Nearly God", released in the spring, featured Björk, Neneh Cherry, Alison Moyet and The Specials' lead singer Terry Hall.
That November arrived "Pre-Millennium Tension", Tricky's first album that enterd the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart.

The Trip-Hop pioneer's next offering, "Angels With Dirty Faces", was released in May 1998 and became his highest charting album in the U.S. peaking at #84 on The Billboard 200. The first single off the album was his last U.K. top 40 hit "Broken Homes", a collaboration with PJ Harvey, whom he has always admired and toured with in 1995. This album was also the last to feature Martina Topley-Bird's contributions.

In August 1999 Tricky released "Juxtapose", recorded with DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill and New York's famed producer Dame Grease; however the album was not only very short, only 36 minutes, but also musically disappointing for a lot of his old fans.

Two years later he released "Blowback", a conscious attempt to be more accessible; the disc, on which guested Flea, Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ed Kowalczyk and Cyndi Lauper, hit the U.K. top 40 and reached the #138 position on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart generating the single "Evolution Revolution Love", recorded in collaboration with Kowalczyk, which peaked at #35 on The Modern Rock chart.

2003's "Vulnerable", recorded with the Italian singer Costanza Francavilla, was essentially a flop.

Tricky resurfaced with a new solo effort in July 2008, the album titled "Knowle West Boy", made a mid-chart appearance in the U.K. and reached #147 in the States.

Two years later followed his ninth album, "Mixed Race"; it included the single "Murder Weapon". The album sold less well than its predecessor.

In May 2013 Tricky released "False Idols" which equaled the chart success of his 2008 set, "Knowle West Boy".


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    Tricky in the mid-'90s