Led by Jeremy Parker (b. Boston, Massachusetts, USA; vocals, guitar), Done Lying Down also comprised English musicians Ali Mac (bass), Glen Young (guitar) and James Sherry (drums). The EP Heart Of Dirt, released in 1993, was produced by Membranes /Sensurround leader and journalist John Robb. The three tracks were headed by ‘Dissent’, a forceful song with a stop-start construction reminiscent of Nirvana (a comparison that stayed with the band throughout their early career). It was awarded Single Of The Week in the New Musical Express. In 1994 they released three EPs (Family Values, Negative One Friends and Just A Misdemeanour) that brought some indie chart success, BBC radio sessions with the disc jockey John Peel and video appearances on the UK television show The Chart Show. They also toured with Girls Against Boys, Compulsion, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and many others. Their debut album, John Austin Rutledge, was named after a friend of Parker’s who co-wrote some of the songs: ‘All he wanted was a credit, but we decided to name it after him and put his photo on the cover!’. In 1995 the band went to America for their first live shows there, before signing a new contract with Immaterial Records and recording their fifth EP, Chronic Offender. Their second album was issued in 1996.