faq

Version 1.4 (Saturday 27th March 1999)
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Who edits the FAQ and where I send submissions?

The Feeder FAQ was created on 3rd November 1997 by Alistair Knock.
Any submissions should be sent to him, at alibunny100@hotmail.com

Thanks to the contributors:
    David Hannigan
    James Hawkes

Disclaimer

This FAQ contains the questions, and the answers.  We do not claim
to have everything 100% right.  It's more than likely that there's
something in here which is not quite true.  If there is, tell us
what the truth actually is.  This FAQ will never be complete; there
are always more questions, so help us out and send us the questions
as well as the answers.

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Section 1.0 - History And Members

1.1     Who is in Feeder?
1.1.1       Grant Nicholas
1.1.2       Taka Hirose
1.1.3       Jon Lee
1.2     History Of Feeder
1.3     Have the members been in any previous bands?
1.4     Do the members of Feeder have any current side projects?
1.5     What is the marital status of the band members?
1.6     Do any of them have children?
1.7     What are the birthdays of the band members?

Section 2.0 - Albums And Songs

2.1     What albums have the band released?
2.2     When was ... released?
2.3     How many copies did ... sell?
2.4     What was the first song released by the band?
2.5     What album can I find ... on?
2.6     Are there any live Feeder songs available commercially?
2.7     What is ... about?
2.8     Where can I find the Feeder songbook?
2.9     Have the band ever covered songs?
2.10    So what songs have Feeder got?
2.11    Where can I get ... ?

Section 3.0 - Videos And Awards

3.1     What videos have the band done?
3.2     What awards have the band received?
3.3     Are any video tapes of the band available?

Section 4.0 - Technical, Musical, and Books

4.1     What instruments do the band members endorse/use?
4.2     Where can I get a hold of Feeder guitar/bass tabs?
4.3     Have any books been written about the band?

Section 5.0 - Resources

5.1     Is there an internet mailing list?
5.2     How do I join the snail-mail information list?
5.3     Are there places on the internet where I can find Feeder info?

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Section 1.0 - History And Members

1.1  Who is in Feeder?

Feeder are:

    Grant Nicholas: Vocals, guitar

    Taka Hirose: Bass, backing vocals

    Jon Lee: Drums


1.1.1  Grant Nicholas

Grant was born in Newport, Wales, but grew up in Chepstow.  He performed in
public for the first time at the age of 11, and gained 4 'O' levels, including
an 'A' in Art.  He did have a Japanese actress girlfriend, but recently he appeared
in Company magazine as one of Britain's most eligible batchelors: make of
that what you will!  He was 30 years old at the time of an article published in 
Kerrang! magazine in February 1998, and currently resides in Camden, 
London.


1.1.2  Taka Hirose

Taka was born in a small village near Nagoya, Japan.  He is utterly insane and 
has incredibly imaginative hairstyles.  After deciding to travel to London, he 
worked nights in a Tokyo bar.  He now lives in Kensal Green, London.


1.1.3  Jon Lee

Jon was born and brought up in Newport, Wales.  He started playing drums at the
age of 14, and moved to London to form a band with Grant in 1990.  He also lives 
in Camden, London.


1.2  History Of Feeder

Grant's first school band was called 'Sweet Leaf' (after the Black Sabbath
song), which he joined at the age of 14.  At around the same time, Jon Lee
was playing in a school band who did Ziggy Stardust covers, and Taka Hirose's
band covered bands like Rainbow.

Grant and Jon then moved to Cardiff, and started a band called 'Temper Temper'
Nothing came of the band.  Grant then moved to London, followed by Jon, and
both studied to become sound engineers.  They recruited another Welsh man to
play drums for a new band - 'Reel'.  He was later fired for 'being too fat',
and Grant and Jon became 'Rain Dancer', who sounded like The Waterboys; a
style of music which Grant affectionally calls 'pussy rock'.

Nothing came of Rain Dancer.  Finally, they found Taka advertising in 'Loot',
a London based listings paper.  Taka had around 20 offers - and settled for
Grant and Jon.  They returned to a modified version of a previous name -
'Real' - and toured extensively for a couple of years.  In 1995, they signed
a record contract with Echo.  Grant hated the name 'Real', and so they changed
it to Feeder - after an old pet fish which had belonged to Grant. The rest, is 
history.


1.3  Have the members been in any previous bands?

Grant:  Sweet Leaf
        Temper Temper (with Jon)
        Reel (with Jon)
        Rain Dancer (with Jon)
        Real (with Jon and Taka)

Taka:   Real (with Grant and Jon)

Jon:    Hidden Details
        Temper Temper (with Grant)
        Reel (with Grant)
        Rain Dancer (with Grant)
        Real (with Grant and Taka)


1.4  What musical influences/tastes do the band have?

Grant's influences include The Beatles and Black Sabbath.  His favourite
song is The Beatles' 'Strawberry Fields', and he currently enjoys Radiohead,
Foo Fighters, Eels, Redwood...

Taka's early influences lay in black soul and funk - his hero as a teenager was
Herbie Hancock.  He also listened to the Village People and the Carpenters.

Jon's musical influences are unknown, but his current favourites include
Stereophonics and London band The Genies.


1.5  Do the members of Feeder have any current side projects?

Not to our knowledge.


1.6  What is the marital status of the band members?

Grant has a girlfriend, Taka is married, and Jon has a girlfriend whom he
also refers to as his wife.

(Kana, Juliet, and Jane are mentioned in the Polythene booklets before 'and
all friends, family and pets'....???)

1.7  Do any of them have children?

Yes; Taka has a boy, born on Wednesday 29th October 1997.  His name?  Matt
Page, Feeder's manager responds: "I cannot spell it."  As for the other
members, we don't know.


1.8  What are the birthdays of the band members?

Unknown.


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Section 2.0 - Albums And Songs

2.1  What albums have the band released?

Swim EP ... Echo .. ECHCD9
Polythene . Echo .. ECHCD15
Polythene . Echo .. ECHCD19 (repackaged version)


2.2  When was ... released?

Two Colours ........... November 1995
Swim EP ............... June 24, 1996
Stereo World .......... October 7, 1996
Tangerine ............. February 24, 1997
Cement ................ April 28, 1997
Polythene ............. May 19, 1997
Crash ................. August 11, 1997
High .................. October 6, 1997
Polythene (repackaged). October 20, 1997
Suffocate...............February 16th, 1998

2.3  How many copies did ... sell?

Figures for any of the releases are as yet unknown.

2.4  What position did ... reach in the charts?

UK Singles Charts:

Stereo World .......... Top 80
Tangerine ............. No. 60
Cement ................ Top 50
Crash ................. No. 41
High .................. No. 24
Suffocate ............. No. 37

2.5  What was the first song released by the band?

'Pictures Of Pain' and 'Chicken On A Bone', on the Two Colours EP,
sold exclusively at concerts on Feeder's first tours.


2.6  What album can I find ... on?

Swim:        Sweet 16
             Stereo World
             W.I.T.
             Descend
             Shade
             Swim

Polythene:   Polythene Girl
             My Perfect Day
             Cement
             Crash
             Radiation
             Suffocate
             Descend
             Stereo World
             Tangerine
             Waterfall
             Forgive
             20th Century Trip

Polythene:   Polythene Girl
(repackaged) My Perfect Day
             Cement
             High
             Crash
             Radiation
             Suffocate
             Descend
             Stereo World
             Change
             Tangerine
             Forgive
             20th Century Trip


2.7  Are there any live Feeder songs available commercially?

Yes.  A live verson of Rush (the only commercially available version of the
song) was released as a B-side on CD2 of the Cement single. (ECSCX36)


2.8  What is ... about?

High - Grant: 'It's about friendship'.

Suggestions by James Hawkes:

Stereo World - Musical escapism
Cement - Obsession
Pictures Of Pain - Looking at pictures of your ex-girlfriend
Descend - The pain of modern life
Sweet 16 - A 16 year-old girl being stalked
Tangerine - Being fed up with the music industry
Forgiven - About someone having died, without you having the chance to
           tell them you were sorry.


2.9  Where can I find the Feeder songbook?

From the Descend WWW page - http://www.clubi.ie/fwibble/kishu/feeder/
Look in the Lyrics section.


2.10  Have the band ever covered songs?

Not to our knowledge.


2.11 So what songs have Feeder got?

20th Century Trip       (Polythene / Polythene (repackaged))
Cement                  (Cement A-Side / Polythene / Polythene (repackaged))
Change                  (Stereo World B-Side / Polythene (repackaged))
Chicken On A Bone       (Two Colours / Cement B-Side)
Cockroach               (Suffocate B-side)
Crash                   (Crash A-Side / Polythene / Polythene (repackaged))
Descend                 (Swim / Polythene / Polythene (repackaged))
Dry                     (Suffocate B-side)
Eclipse                 (Suffocate B-side)
Elegy                   (Tangerine B-Side)
Forgive                 (Polythene / Polythene (repackaged))
Forgive (acoustic)      (Crash B-Side)
Forgiven                (Cement B-Side)
Here In The Bubble      (Crash B-Side)
High                    (High A-Side / Polythene (repackaged))
High (acoustic)         (High B-Side)
My Perfect Day          (Stereo World B-Side / Polythene / Polythene (repackaged))
Pictures Of Pain        (Two Colours / Cement B-Side)
Polythene Girl          (Polythene / Polythene (repackaged))
Radiation               (Polythene / Polythene (repackaged))
Rain                    (Tangerine B-Side)
Rhubarb                 (Tangerine B-Side)
Rush (live)             (Cement B-Side)
Shade                   (Swim)
Spill                   (Suffocate B-side)
Stereo World            (Swim / Stereo World A-Side)
Suffocate               (Polythene / Polythene (repackaged)/ Suffocate A-side)
Sweet 16                (Swim / High B-Side)
Swim                    (Swim / Crash B-Side)
Tangerine               (Tangerine A-Side / Polythene / Polythene (repackaged))
TV Me                   (Tangerine B-Side)
Undivided               (Crash B-Side)
W.I.T.                  (Swim / High B-Side)
Waterfall               (Polythene)
Wishing For The Sun     (High B-Side)
World Asleep            (Stereo World B-Side)

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Section 3.0 - Videos and Awards

Action Records
    Music Shop
    CD Universe
    CD Now
    Secret Sounds
    Vinyl Vendors


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Section 3.0 - Videos And Awards

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3.1">3.1  What videos have the band done?

All 5 videos have been released as CD-ROM tracks on Feeder CDs; they
require a Macintosh or PC compatible to be played:

Stereo World            (Crash CD1)
Tangerine               (Crash CD2)
Cement                  (High CD1)
Crash                   (High CD2)
High                    (Polythene (repackaged))
Suffocate               (not yet commercially available)

3.2  What awards have the band received?

None, unfortunately.


3.3  Are any video tapes of the band available?

Yes and no; promotional copies of the Stereo World and Tangerine
videos have exist, but no official video has been released by Feeder.

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Section 4.0 - Technical, Musical, and Books

4.1  What instruments do the band members endorse/use?

Grant uses a Fender Jaguar guitar for most of Feeder's set, and
writes many of their songs on a Yamaha acoustic.  Taka uses custom built
basses from Japan, and both use Vox and Ampeg amps.  Jon uses Yamaha drums.

4.2  Where can I get a hold of Feeder guitar/bass tabs?

Various places, but a complete collection exists on the Descend site:
http://www.clubi.ie/fwibble/kishu/feeder/


4.3  Have any books been written about the band?

No.

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Section 5.0 - Resources

5.1  Is there an internet mailing list?

Yes.  To join Descend, send a mail to aknock@enterprise.net, with the
subject "subscribe descend", and you will receive a welcome mail.

To join the digest version, send a mail to aknock@enterprise.net, with
the subject "subscribe descend-digest".

Ascend, a separate mailing list, is an information only list, meaning
you won't get any of the discussion which exists on Descend, only
updates on Feeder news and site news for the Descend WWW site.  To
subscribe to the Ascend list, send mail to aknock@enterprise.net with
the subject "subscribe ascend"


5.2  How do I join the snail-mail information list?

Write to Feeder Central at the following address, stating your name
and address.  Any other information, such as age and sex, is
appreciated.

Feeder Central
Freepost 12 [Lon 8530],
London,
W1E 7BH


5.3  Are there places on the internet where I can find Feeder info?

Yes, although they are few and far between.  The links section on
Descend is currently as follows:

Descend -
http://www.clubi.ie/fwibble/kishu/feeder/

Official Feeder Homepage -
http://www.echo.co.uk/feeder/

Ian's Feeder Page -
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/cavell/feeder.htm

Feeder 'ULTRACOOOL' Page - 
http://www.angelfire.com/sd/majorpage/

David Roberts' Feeder Page -
http://www.ifb.net/bigfoot/feeder.htm

Collie's Feeder Page -
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~collie/feeder.htm

Feeder - Polythene -
http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Lounge/7372/index.html

Jym's Feeder Page -
http://www.angelfire.com/wy/Jymsplace/

Phil's Music Pages (inc. Feeder page) -
http://freespace.virgin.net/p.downer/intro.htm

Stereo World -
http://freespace.virgin.net/james.hawkes

If you have a Feeder page, or know of any other resources, please
mail the information to the address at the top of this FAQ.


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