Formed 1989.

Northern Ireland alternative rock band

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Ash are a Northern Irish alternative rock band, formed in Downpatrick in 1992 by vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray. As a three-piece, they released mini-album Trailer in 1994, followed by 1977 in 1996. This 1996 release is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. After the success of their full debut the band recruited Charlotte Hatherley as a guitarist and vocalist, releasing their second record Nu-Clear Sounds in 1998. After narrowly avoiding bankruptcy the band released Free All Angels in 2001 and a string of successful singles.

Their fourth record Meltdown, released in 2004, was the band's final record with Hatherley before returning to their original three-piece lineup for their fifth studio album Twilight of the Innocents in 2007. After five conventional albums the band released 26 singles in The A-Z Series in 2009, one every two weeks. The band have had one silver, two gold and two platinum-selling (and chart-topping) records in the United Kingdom, as well as 18 songs in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Best Of

    The Best Of 2011

    Reviewed by John Aizlewood
    A study of what might have been, and what was, which packs plenty of walloping choruses.
  2. Review of A-Z, Volume 2

    A-Z, Volume 2 2010

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    Second singles collection from the young-at-heart rockers.
  3. Review of A-Z Vol. 1

    A-Z Vol. 1 2010

    Reviewed by Mark Beaumont
    They’ve lost none of their melodic punch since Girl From Mars fell to Earth.
  4. Review of Twilight Of The Innocents

    Twilight Of The Innocents 2007

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Now approaching their 30s(!), Tim Wheeler and co's last proper album is true to form.
  5. Review of Meltdown

    Meltdown 2004

    Reviewed by Damian Jones
    The genius of Meltdown is that Tim Wheeler and the gang have managed to retain their...
  6. Review of 1977

    1977 1996

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    If ever a band was the sound of fruity alcopops, Ash might well have been it on 1977.
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