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There has always been an individual spark about Cornershop. While Paul Morley, The Observer has described their long years "as interesting and adventurous as The Beatles," an Amazon purchaser has it that they are "a cult band for everyone," and a Twitterer describes them "instant aural sunshine for grey days."
Whatever source we follow about them, Cornershop have delivered one hit album after another hit album, leaving behind many unearthed classic tracks, for their eye has always been on the future:
Hold On It Hurts
Woman's Gotta Have It
When I Was Born For The 7th Time
Disco & The Halfway To Discontent
Handcream For A Generation
Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast
Cornershop & The Double 'O' Groove Of
In the Live arena they have always been successful, touring extensively in Europe mainland and America with the likes of Beck and Oasis. Their psychedelic sound of guitars and sitar within crafted nuggets of songs have had the power to work well at established venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, rock festivals from Glastonbury to Lollopalooza, to even the smallest of school halls.
Now on their own respected ampleplay label they are at the height of their independence. Produced by their singer-songwriter Tjinder Singh, Cornershop have worked with some of the best, being the first UK band to collaborate with Dan The Automator, the last band to collaborate with legendary beat poet Allen Ginsberg, the first band to have two original Oasis members collaborate on tracks of the same album, the first band to have had an around the world 24hr mix of the one song…the shopping list continues.
They were always enthusiastically and affectionately championed by the late great John Peel, (who in turn they dedicated the name St John, in their song Lessons Learn't From Rocky I to Rocky III, before his parting). In the past year, Uncut have them down as "pretty much majestic," and The Independent describe them as the "cultural critique you can dance to," The Sun hailed their Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast album as the "Soundtrack to the Summer 09," whilst Mojo simply state "this bold fresh sounding album makes them a candidate for the quintessential 21st century pop group."
Now we move onto their new album that features Bubbley Kaur in which The Mirror said "Tjinder Singh has found his own fitting heir to Asha." This pushes Punjabi Folk Music to western frontiers, and in doing so pushes music to be as political and far reaching as it can get.
(Biography supplied by artist management 2012)
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