GALLON DRUNK, formed by James Johnston, Michael Delanian, and Joe Byfield, first erupted onto the London gig circuit in 1990 and wasted little time becoming one of the capital's most essential live propositions, with a succession of startling and abrasive singles, including the classic SOME FOOL'S MESS, all reaching the top of the independent charts.
Throughout their entire career, every single GALLON DRUNK have released has achieved Single Of The Week in either the NME or MELODY MAKER. A trio of unique and pioneering albums, YOU, THE NIGHT...AND THE MUSIC (1992), TONITE, THE SINGLES BAR(1992) and the Mercury Prize-nominated FROM THE HEART OF TOWN (1993) followed, cementing GALLON DRUNK'S burgeoning reputation as one of Britain's truly uncompromising bands.
In spring 1994, JOHNSTON was approached by NICK CAVE to play guitar for the BAD SEEDS during their Lollapalooza tour. Johnston's continuing links with Cave have saw him contribute to several songs and eventually joined NICK CAVE THE BAD SEEDS in 2003.
1995 ended with the release of the TRAITOR'S GATE EP on their own GALLON DRUNK RECORDS. GALLON DRUNK commenced recording a fourth album for their new label CITY SLANG. Without tempering their incendiary approach towards creating music which first forged their reputation as a unique and daring band, IN THE LONG STILL NIGHT (1997) was their most accessible and fully realised album. Figuring highly in many music press end-of-year polls, IN THE LONG STILL NIGHT led Q's David Roberts to suggest that "the band's collision of funk, punk and skewiff jazz emerge as the perfect soundtrack for the committing of terrible crimes of passion" GALLON DRUNK'S latest album"FIRE MUSIC" was released in 2003, and 2005 saw the release of the brilliant collection "Bear Me Away". The band have just released their new LP THE ROTTEN MILE for Fred (Label) LTD.
Gallon Drunk are:
JAMES JOHNSTON - Vocals, Guitar, Organ, Piano, Harmonica
TERRY EDWARDS - Saxophone, Organ
IAN WHITE - Drums
SIMON WRING - Bass
PLEASE GIVE ME SOMETHING/SNAKEPIT (GALLON DRUNK RECORDS) 1988
RUBY/GALLON DRUNK (CLAWFIST RECORDS) NOV 1990
DRAGGIN' ALONG/MISERLOU (CLAWFIST RECORDS) APRIL 1991
LAST GASP(SAFTY)/THE WHIRLPOOL (CLAWFIST) JULY 1991
SOME FOOLS MESS/MAY THE EARTH OPEN HERE/ROLLING HOME (CLAWFIST RECORDS) OCTOBER 1991
BEDLAM/LOOK AT THAT WOMAN/SOLITAIRE(CLAWFIST) 1992
YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED/SILVER WINGS/AMSTERDAM RUN (CLAWFIST)
BLOOD IS RED (FM Records 2000)
THINGS WILL CHANGE (Sweet Nothing 2001)
TONITE....THE SINGLES BAR (CLAWFIST UK/RYKO USA) 1991
YOU,THE NIGHT...AND THE MUSIC (CLAWFIST UK/RYKO USA) 1992
GALLON DRUNK PEEL SESSIONS (STRANGE FRUIT) 1992
FROM THE HEART OF TOWN (SIRE USA/CLAWFIST UK?) 1993
TRAITORS GATE EP 1995
IN THE LONG STILL NIGHT 1996
BLACK MILK 1999
FIRE MUSIC (SWEET NOTHING 2002)
BEAR ME AWAY (SWEET NOTHING 2003) DOUBLE CD/LP COLLECTION
ONE FOR THE LADIES live concert video 1992 (UK format)
SOME FOOL'S MESS promo clip