18 Wheeler

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Formed in Scotland by Sean Jackson (guitar, vocals), Neil Halliday (drums), Alan Hake (bass) and Steven Haddow (guitar). The band released two singles, ‘Nature Girl’ and ‘Suncrush’, which bore…
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Formed in Scotland by Sean Jackson (guitar, vocals), Neil Halliday (drums), Alan Hake (bass) and Steven Haddow (guitar). The band released two singles, ‘Nature Girl’ and ‘Suncrush’, which bore the obvious influence of Glasgow’s early 80s Postcard Records scene. They were followed in 1994 by ‘Kum Back’ and ‘The Revealer’. On the debut album their familiar bubblegum pop was allied to rhythms drawn from folk, country and dub. Described in The Guardian newspaper as ‘1994’s lost pop classic’, this was not widespread opinion, as others saw the band as insubstantial and retrogressive. A more accomplished collection, Formanka, followed a year later, by which time the band’s fortunes had been significantly outstripped by another Creation Records act, Oasis, who had once been third support to 18 Wheeler at the legendary gig in Glasgow when Alan McGee decided to sign them. Year Zero moved into crossover territory, further alienating their original fanbase and they folded soon afterwards.