b. Morgan Nicholls, England. Nicholls is the ex-bass player from the Senseless Things, whose solo work combines contemporary studio techniques with 60s influences such as Free, the Mamas And The Papas, the Beach Boys, and the Small Faces. Indeed, Morgan’s farther, Billy Nicholls sung on the Small Faces’ Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake and recorded two albums for Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate Records label that are now rare ‘Brit-boom’ classics. Critics have also likened Morgan’s unusual sound to Crosby, Stills And Nash. A notable contemporary influence would be Money Mark, particularly in Morgan’s extensive use of a Hammond Organ that used to belong to Pete Townshend. Townshend, a friend of the Nicholls family, also contributed to Morgan’s debut, Organized, by writing ‘Paparazzi’ and playing bass guitar on ‘Heaven Comes Quickly’. Nicholls takes a very DIY approach to recording, using several members of his family to provide musical accompaniment, naïve raps, and vocals. It was a tape of his 14-year old brother rapping during a school lesson about the teacher that Morgan turned into the ska-inflected single ‘Miss Parker’. The debut release of the label ZubiZaretta, the single was voted NME’s Single Of The Week and the limited pressing of 3000 copies quickly sold out. While UK labels were slow to see Morgan’s potential, the French label Source, which is home to Air, signed Morgan in April 1999. Later in the year, ‘Miss Parker’ was re-released with remixes from the Dust Brothers, Phoenix and the Beastie Boys’ engineer, Mario Caldato Jnr. Organized, released in July 2000, received mainly positive reviews.
Morgan Nicholls Biography