Badly Drawn Boy

Born 2 October 1969.
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Damon Michael Gough (born 2 October 1969, in Dunstable, Bedfordshire), known by the stage name Badly Drawn Boy, is an English indie singer-songwriter.

Gough chose his stage name from the title character in the show Sam and his Magic Ball, which he saw on TV at a party in Trafford, Manchester, in 1995. Before he thought of using this name he made some business cards, each one unique, with a printed picture of a drawing by his nephew and a small collage by Gough. This was then laminated and given out to friends and people at clubs in Blackburn and Manchester.[citation needed]

A chance meeting with Andy Votel at the Generation X bar in Manchester, where Gough's friends Scott Abraham and Damon Hayhurst were contributing to an exhibition by the Space Monkey Clothing Company and Votel was DJing, led to the foundation of Twisted Nerve Records. Badly Drawn Boy's first 7-inch single, "EP1", was pressed the following year to critical acclaim, although only 500 copies were made.[citation needed]

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of It’s What I’m Thinking Pt 1 – Photographing Snowflakes

    It’s What I’m Thinking Pt 1 – Photographing Snowflakes 2010

    Reviewed by Mark Beaumont
    Damon Gough has become the epitome of new folk conformity.
  2. Review of Is There Nothing We Could Do?

    Is There Nothing We Could Do? 2009

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    Damon Gough returns with his second soundtrack collection.
  3. Review of Born In The UK

    Born In The UK 2006

    Reviewed by Richard Banks
    Clearly, Badly Drawn Boy is a man ruled by his heart...
  4. Review of Hour Of Bewilderbeast

    Hour Of Bewilderbeast 2000

    Reviewed by Helen Groom
    Charming, beguiling, lo-fi, folk-psychedelic slash indie musings at its best.
  5. Review of Have You Fed The Fish?

    Have You Fed The Fish?

    Reviewed by Dan Tallis
    Gough has something rare in the world of indie rock; he's a superb storyteller who...
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