Famous Bands from Sheffield

Famous Bands from Sheffield

Sheffield is undoubtedly one of the UK's musical cities producing some of the best bands Britain has ever seen. The likes of Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Def Leppard and the Human League are just a few of the bands hailing from our city that have gone onto international fame, selling millions of records and packing out stadiums worldwide. Here at Guitar Lessons Sheffield, we love to inspire our guitar students with stories of the bands and artists that have made it big. We hope to inspire you too, so here are a few of the best bands that Sheffield has given to the world...

Arctic Monkeys are undoubtedly one of the most successful British bands in recent years following the likes of The Beatles, Stone Roses and Oasis as one of the great British bands of all times. The meteoric rise of the band is something that is unparalleled in music history, with their first album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not becoming the fastest selling debut album of all time, outselling previous record holder Oasis by several thousand records. The band, formed in 2002 had recorded several demos in Sheffield's 2 Fly Studio, see the recording and rehearsal studio for more information about the studio, which we gathered together by fans into the Beneath The Boardwalk demos. Spread like wildfire via new social media sites like Myspace the band quickly gained a huge underground fanbase selling out local music venues.

Upon the release of the album many fans had to listen to the iconic songs Mardy Bum, When The Sun Goes Down/Scummy, Riot Van and A Certain Romance helping the band reach number one in the UK album charts the week Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was released. Indeed, it sold more copies on its first day alone – 118,501 – than the rest of the Top 20 albums combined. Their first two singles I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor When the Sun Goes Down smashed to number one in the UK single charts. After extensive tours, Arctic Monkeys second album Favourite Worst Nightmare was yet another number one, with the number two hit Brianstorm. A success repeated with Arctic Monkeys next two albums Humbug (2009) and Suck it and See (2011) both going to number one in the UK - the achievements of Alex Turner (vocals & guitar), Jamie Cook (guitar), Nick O'Malley (bass guitar) and Matt Helders (drums) can really not be understated. Certainly, a band that all passionate guitarist should check out, they have captured the youth of this country like bands like Nirvana, Oasis, The Beatles have of generations before them.

Reverend And The Makers formed in 2005 releasing their first album in 2007 dubbed The State of Things to critical acclaim. Tracks like Heavyweight Champion Of The World helped the album reach number 5 in the UK album charts, with the track itself reaching number 8 in the UK singles charts. In 2008 the band supported the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Hampden Park, Glasgow & embarked on a long world tour growing their fanbase dramatically internationally. Coming back to the UK in 2009 Reverend And The Makers released their second studio album, A French Kiss in the Chaos, which reached number 19 in the UK album charts confirming the band as one of the largest underground acts in the UK. This commercial success prompted the band to support the likes of Oasis, Kasabian and The Enemy over the following few months. @Reverend_Makers was the bands 2012 release which reached number 16 in the UK album charts followed by another long international tour - the Reverends are certainly here to stay as one of the biggest current Sheffield acts after the Arctic Monkeys.

Def Leppard, formed in Sheffield in 1977 has sold over 100 million records worldwide, selling almost three times as many albums as Arctic Monkeys. All students at Tapton School in Sheffield Rick Savage, Tony Kenning, and Pete Willis started their first band together aged 18 named Atomic Mass. Joe Elliott tried out for the singer of the band soon after bringing about the change of name to "Deaf Leopard". A meteoric rise to fame in the 80s started with rather sluggish commercial sales on their debut album, it was only after sustained airplay on a new channel name MTV that they managed to appeal to a mass audience. Nonetheless, their third album Pyromania, 1983 sold six million albums in the US alone going 10 times platinum. The was followed with two UK and the US number one albums confirming Def Leppard as one of the biggest rock acts of the 80s and early 90s. Although the band have more recently slipped back into an era from the past they are unquestionably one of the most successful commercial rock bands Sheffield has ever produced.

The Human League also formed in Sheffield in 1977 sold over 20 million records worldwide, going number one in the UK and America numerous times with hits including Don't You Want Me? and Mirror Man. After a radical change in the band's members in 1980 Human League went became one of the most influential bands of the 80s. It was their triple-platinum selling album Dare, 1981, that really confirmed The Human League as an internationally renowned band going number one in the UK album charts. Their follow up album named Hysteria released in 1984 was also extremely commercially successful, nonetheless, it marked the turning point in the band's career as they began to fade from the limelight resulting in their 2011 album, Credo, charting at 44 in the UK album charts.

The Last Shadow Puppets is a joint project between Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner and the former frontman of The Rascals, Miles Kane, releasing their first album The Age of the Understatement in 2008 which headed straight to number one in the UK album charts. The testament to the duets incredible songwriting talents the album is driven by a full orchestra rather than their normal guitar riffs, bass lines and drums - we will no doubt see more of the Last Shadow Puppets in the near further when Alex Turner and Miles Kane have a break in the worldwide tours.

Pulp was started by a fourteen-year-old singer named Javis Cocker in 1978. Based in Sheffield the band took many years to rise to national fame with their first three albums not even entering the UK album charts. It was not until 1994 when the band released His 'n' Hers that Pulp began to become commercially successful, reaching number nine in the UK album charts with the track Do You Remember the First Time? gaining them a larger national fanbase. Yet it was their next album that really hurled Pulp into the limelight with the singles Common PeopleSorted for E's & Wizz taken from their fifth studio album Different Class. The platinum-selling album confirmed Pulp as one of the 90s foremost bands, something confirmed by their second number one album in 1998 with This is Hardcore. Having sold more than 10 million albums worldwide Pulp is yet another fantastic Sheffield export.

Photography: Christian Bertrand

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