Theaudience (band)

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Theaudience (styled as theaudience) were a Britpop group active in the 1990s.[1] They released one album and saw three singles enter the UK Singles Chart.[2] The band's singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor became a successful solo artist after the band's disbandment.[3]

OriginUnited Kingdom
Years active1996–1999
Past members


Theaudience were founded by guitarist Billy Reeves, formerly of the indie group Congregation.[3] The group were fronted by Sophie Ellis-Bextor and included drummer/producer "Patch" Hannan (ex-The Sundays), keyboard player Nigel Butler (ex-The Bridge), guitarist Dean Mollett (ex-Porcupine) and bass guitarist Kerin Smith.[4] Their one self-titled album received critical acclaim and reached No. 22 in the UK Albums Chart, with two of four singles released reaching the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Reeves left the band in December 1998,[3] and although the remaining band members wrote and demoed material for a second album it was rejected by record label Mercury Records, who then dropped the band, which split in 1999.[2] These tracks were leaked onto the internet in 2009 as a fourteen-track album under the fan-made title Quiet Storm.

Ellis-Bextor started a solo career in major label dance-pop music following the success of her collaboration with Spiller on "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" in 2000. Smith and Reeves were later involved with London indie pop band Friends of The Bride.


theaudience discography
Studio albums1
Music videos4

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Theaudience 22


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"I Got the Wherewithal" 1997 170 theaudience
"If You Can't Do It When You're Young; When Can You Do It?" 1998 48
"A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed" 27
"I Know Enough (I Don't Get Enough)" 25


  1. ^ "Theaudience | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 980. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  3. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 391. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2015-01-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b "Chart Log UK: 1994–2010, A – Azzido Da Bass". Retrieved 21 December 2019.

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