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Badly Drawn Boy

Belying his status as a narcoleptic slacker icon, Badly Drawn Boy proved himself a tireless pop songwriter, with arrangements that reflect a great deal of creativity. Born Damon Gough, he began recording after meeting the like-minded Andy Votel at a Manchester nightclub. The pair formed the Twisted Nerve label, and Gough debuted as Badly Drawn Boy with an EP and several singles. The recordings dovetailed nicely with the experimentalist pop fringe of artists like Scott 4 and the Beta Band, and the attendant media hype allowed him to guest alongside Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft, and Mike D on 1997's celebrity-filled UNKLE LP Psyence Fiction.

Gough's 1999 single "Once Around the Block" grazed the British charts, while XL Recordings signed the pop auteur and released his debut album, The Hour of Bewilderbeast, in 2000. Just before its American release, the album earned another round of critical praise with Britain's vaunted Mercury Prize for Best Album. December 2000 brought the birth of his daughter. Author Nick Hornby was won over by his music and asked the singer to score the film being made of his book About a Boy. After that project, he moved away from music for a few months to work on new material.

After recording during most of 2002, Gough emerged that fall with Have You Fed the Fish? Two years later, he resurfaced with the simpler One Plus One Is One. Born in the U.K., a poppier collection of songs inspired by his childhood and (as the title suggests) Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A., arrived in fall 2006. The lukewarm reception that album earned caused Gough to take a break from making music, a hiatus he broke when he was asked to write songs for the film The Fattest Man in Britain. Those songs were released as Is There Nothing We Could Do? in 2009, followed in 2010 by Gough's seventh studio album, It's What I'm Thinking, Pt. 1: Photographing Snowflakes, which recalled the heights of The Hour of the Bewilderbeast. The soundtrack for 2012's Being Flynn, an adaptation of author Nick Flynn's memoirs Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, found Gough reuniting with About a Boy director Paul Weitz. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Nicely snarky ~pyrotechnov a ~ but like groundskeepe r Willie -Badly Drawn Boy is basically one dude-oops-
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Wow Neapolitan giraffes (read my bio you slack commenters)
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Its not an actual boy, but a whole band. It's not like groundskeepe r Willie when he was the one man band in that Mary Poppins episode.
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It's such a shame that people these days love bands and artists like One Direction and Justin beiber. This is the stuff people should be listening to. I'm glad I discovered him. :) he should be on the radio
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Narcoleptic?
That's an odd choice.
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Great stuff Damon, need to get your entire catalog...
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a_tellez00
One of my favorite movies ... About a boy..... And one of my favorite songs silent sigh......
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Born in the UK is one of my all time favorite albums! I love the sound track to About a Boy, and am looking forward to hearing more of his music on Pandora!
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eileenvote
Recently discovered him and oh so glad! This song is a gift.
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You Were Right- he's a good artist.
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I must say that I really stand behind the music I enjoy, even when it is frivolous. Stoked by BDB's Born Again, i quickly swooped up It's What I'm Thinking when I cam across the CD/DVD (So, maybe my car does not have bluetooth), but what a bummer; sheesh. Sort of Roxy Music meets Morresy but really nowhere near as good as that. Will send you the album if you pay postage. Find me at IceJacket on Twitter to let me know. Bummmmmmerrr .
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Beautiful!
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About a Boy - good movie and great soundtrack.
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badly drawn boy is "something to talk about"
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julialynn012 3
love it so much. thank you for this song.
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narelle_stub b s
Great!
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Totally a student of the Paul McCartney pop-song writing era. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it makes for beautiful music.
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he wrote the About A Boy soundtrack. lovely movie :)
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peter.antypa s
Reminds me of post-punk Stranglers (mid 80s)
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mconsult
first "discovered" this genius artist after TCM channel used one of his haunting, memorable, evocative songs a few winters ago. brilliant!
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jennyandjenn y
Don't forget college/ independent radio! Clear channel's everywhere and it is kinda mindless crap and like celtsthebest says, you never hear BDB on the radio...so what's the point of listening when you've got pandora?
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BDB has stood out for years. I have been a fan for years now and he continues to being an excellent performer
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meliszabeth
A bit like Ben Kweller?
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You guys gotta get the BDB DVD haha
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Lovely.
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ok, i totally agree with erikfvh & kr7stle
no good music is played on normal radio
i've resorted to my ipod.
the radio has let us all down.
woot woot for non conformists!
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sounds a bit lou reed-ish on 'four leaf clover'...
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kayla_bugs
I love BDB! just amazing! and I agree w/ erikfvh, and it sucks!
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I love BDB..saw him live and i loooove his voice. <3
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it's weird his songs are awesome but he is never on the radio
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erikfvh
A true artist who is incredibly under appreciated
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Absolutely love him!yUM!
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hmmmmmmmmmmm m m m m m
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ha ha
hes awesome!!!!
i love it

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