Galliano (band)

Galliano were a London-based acid jazz group that was active between 1988 and 1997. The group was the first signing to Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson's Acid Jazz record label. The original members were Rob Gallagher (vocals - credited as Roberto Galliano),[1] Constantine Weir (vocals), Michael Snaith (The Vibe Controller) and Crispin Robinson (percussion). Other important members included Valerie Etienne, who participated in the recording of all their albums, along with other musicians such as Mick Talbot on keyboards, Crispin Taylor on drums, Ernie McKone on bass guitar, Mark Vandergucht guitar, and Steve Ameedee, otherwise known as Uncle Big Man (dancer).[2] Ski Oakenfull replaced Mick Talbot on keyboards in 1994.

Galliano, 1991


The group's first single, a reworking of Curtis Mayfield's Freddie's Dead called Frederick Lies Still, was released in June 1988.[3] It was also the first release on the Acid Jazz label.[3] Their second release was on Let the Good Times Roll by The Quiet Boys in 1989.[4] The Quiet Boys was an alias used by acid jazz pioneer Chris Bangs who then went on to produce Galliano.

Galliano's first album release was In Pursuit of the 13th Note in 1991, which was produced by Bangs.[5] Their second album A Joyful Noise Unto the Creator was released in 1992.[6]

Galliano achieved the peak of its success in 1994 with The Plot Thickens which peaked at number eight in the UK Albums Chart.[2] Two UK top 40 singles were released from the album Long Time Gone (a cover of a David Crosby song from the self titled first album by Crosby, Stills & Nash) and Twyford Down. The latter was a comment on the road building protests taking place at the time and the protest at Twyford Down in particular, and they were joined onstage by anti-roads protestors to make appeals to the audience.[7] The album was well received making the NME's list of top 50 albums of the year.[8] Following its release Galliano performed on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 1994 and returned to play the NME Stage in 1995.[9][10]

Galliano's fourth and final studio album :4 was released in 1996.[11] This included track, Slack Hands, which was used in the title sequence of Kevin Reynolds' 1997 film, One Eight Seven, starring Samuel L. Jackson.[12]

Galliano broke up in 1997. Gallagher together with Etienne formed Two Banks of Four, Gallagher also performs solo using the name Earl Zinger.[13]


Studio albumsEdit

Live albumsEdit

  • Until Such Time (Recorded Live In Europe '92) - 1993 - Talkin' Loud
  • Live at Liquid Room (Tokyo) - 1997 - Talkin' Loud

Compilation albumsEdit

  • What Colour Our Flag - 1994 - Talkin' Loud
  • Thicker Plot (remixes 93-94) - 1994 - Talkin' Loud[14][15]


Year Single Peak positions Album
1988 "Frederic Lies Still" Singles only
1989 "Let the Good Times Roll" (The Quiet Boys feat. Galliano)
1990 "Welcome to the Story" In Pursuit of the 13th Note
1991 "Nothing Has Changed" 88 78
"Power and Glory"
"Jus' Reach" A Joyful Noise Unto the Creator
1992 "Skunk Funk" 41
"Prince of Peace" 47 74
"Jus' Reach Recycled" 66
1994 "Long Time Gone" 15 The Plot Thickens
"Twyford Down" 37
1996 "Ease Your Mind" 45 :4
"Roofing Tiles" 81
"—" denotes "did not chart or was not released".


  1. ^ "Rob Gallagher Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 168. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  3. ^ a b Rudland, Dean (2001). The Best of Acid Jazz (booklet). Various artists. London: Metro. METRCD050.
  4. ^ "The Quiet Boys - Let The Good Times Roll". Discogs. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Galliano - In Pursuit Of The 13th Note". Discogs. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Galliano - A Joyful Noise Unto The Creator". Discogs. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  7. ^ "ROCK / No twists but lots of shouting - and a big tease". The Independent. 16 July 1994. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  8. ^ "NME's best albums and tracks of 1994". NME. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  9. ^ Digital, Pretty Good. "Glastonbury Festival - 1994". Glastonbury Festival - 21st-25th June, 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  10. ^ Digital, Pretty Good. "Glastonbury Festival - 1995". Glastonbury Festival - 21st-25th June, 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Galliano - :4". Discogs. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  12. ^ One Eight Seven (1997) - IMDb, retrieved 20 January 2022
  13. ^ "Galliano (Band)". Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  14. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 221. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  15. ^ "Galliano". Discogs. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  16. ^ "Official Charts Company: Galliano". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Galliano - Dutch Chart". Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.

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