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Belinda Kimberly "Lindy" Layton (born 7 December 1970 in Hammersmith, London) is an English singer. She was a founding member of, and vocalist for, Beats International. She has released a number of solo albums and singles, and worked with other musicians, more recently including Hardknox and Dub Pistols.
Lindy Layton in Swindon, Wiltshire, England
|Birth name||Belinda Kimberly Layton|
7 December 1970|
Hammersmith, London, England
|Associated acts||Beats International, Fatboy Slim|
Layton attended the Barbara Speake Stage School in the 1980s. Her group, Beats International, released a couple of singles in the early 1990s in the UK, including the number-one hit "Dub Be Good to Me". Beats International's debut album, Let Them Eat Bingo, sold moderately.
Following the success of the singles with Beats International, in 1990, Layton signed a solo deal with Arista, and released her version of Janet Kay's hit, "Silly Games". The single was a notable hit, and further releases followed from her debut album, Pressure (released in 1991). However, these decreased in popularity with each release. Pressure was mostly produced by Norman Cook and the dance-soul-funk outfit Driza Bone. The album's second single, "Echo My Heart" narrowly missed out on a UK Top 40 placing in January 1991, while "Wait For Love" produced by Norman Cook failed to reach the UK Singles Chart altogether, in April of that year.
Layton's summer 1991 release of "Without You (One and One)" followed, again produced by Driza Bone. Although "Without You (One and One)" sold better than Layton's previous single, it still failed to reach the Top 40. Layton then released a one-off single for Debut Records in 1992. "I'll Be a Freak for You" was not a chart hit. The following year, Layton re-emerged with a new deal with PWL. The new material was more commercial, and two single releases of minor chart success were released in the UK: "We Got the Love" and "Show Me". Without the expected profitable return, Layton parted company with PWL.
In Japan, she released a pop-reggae album, entitled No Other Star in 1996, and went on to release other work as Hardknox with fellow DJ Steve Proctor the same year. They were signed to Skint Records and released their debut single "Coz I Can" which was given "Single of the Week" honours by NME. The group's second effort, the "Psychopath" EP, received the same recognition. After various performing remixes for artists such as Orgy, Crystal Method, and Faith No More, plus appearing on a various compilations and mixes, a self-titled LP was released in 1999 by Jive Electro.
Layton guested on three tracks on the 2009 Groove Diggerz album, Money for Good Times: "Weirdness", "Just Be Good to Me" (a reworking of her Beats International hit "Dub Be Good to Me"), and "Body Flow" for which she also shared a writing credit.
She guested with the Dub Pistols in May 2009, reprising "Dub Be Good to Me", at their support slot to The Specials at the O2 Academy, Brixton. She guested again with the Dub Pistols at Rock the River 2009, a wakeboard and music festival held on the quay of World Heritage Site, Conwy. She also appeared with the Dub Pistols at the last Glade Festival in 2009. Layton has also recorded with the band, appearing alongside Rodney P on the single "I'm in Love" from their 2009 album Rum & Coke and "Rock Steady" from the 2013 LP Worshipping the Dollar. In 2013 she had a daytime radio show on Kane Fm with Mel Foster entitled The Mrs, which ran for about year. She is now a songwriter and writes with writing partner Matt Kootchi, who owns and runs house label Good Lucky Recordings.
|1990||"Silly Games" (featuring Janet Kaye)||22||—||Pressure|
|1991||"Echo My Heart"||42||61|
|"Wait For Love"||–||—|
|"Without You (One And One)"||71||—|
|1992||"I'll Be A Freak For You"||–||—||singles only|
|1993||"We Got The Love"||38||—|
|1996||"Who Do You Think You Are?" (Japan only)||–||—||No Other Star|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.|
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 315. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "I'm in Love feat. Lindy Layton & Rodney P". Sunday Best. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
- Staples, Derek (19 July 2012). "Dub Pistols – Worshipping the Dollar". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
- "Official Charts Company: Lindy Layton". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 April 2014.