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Elbow [rank: 449]

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"Elbow is an alternative rock band that emerged from the late 1990s music scene in Manchester, England. Acclaimed for their innovative sound and candid, evocative lyrics, Elbow has received vast critical acclaim and been endorsed by major artists Blur, R.E.M. and U2. The Velvet Underground's co-founder John Cale cited Elbow's 'Switching Off' as one of the greatest songs ever written in a BBC interview. However, commercial success has yet to match Elbow's critical acclaim and status among fans. Lead singer Guy Garvey met guitarist Mark Potter at a Sixth Form College in 1990 at the age of 16. Mark asked Guy to sing in a band he was in with drummer Richard Jupp and bassist Pete Turner. Together, the four men formed the band Mr Soft. (The name was later changed to Soft.) Mark's brother Craig Potter joined the band soon after on keyboards. By 1997, they had changed their name a third time to Elbow, signed a deal with Island Records, and recorded their debut album with producer Steve Osbourne. However, when Island was bought out by major label Universal, the band was dropped in a mass cull and the album never released.

They continued to record on the iconic independent label Uglyman, and released The Noisebox EP and The Newborn EP, which was given extensive airplay by BBC Radio 1. Their debut album, Asleep in the Back, released on V2 in 2001, was hailed as a seminal album of the new millennium, gaining them a Mercury Music Prize nomination and a Brit Award nomination. Their second album, Cast of Thousands - a reference to their performance at Glastonbury in 2002, when they recorded thousands of people singing 'We still believe in love, so fuck you' - sealed their reputation as innovators in UK music when it arrived in 2003. Elbow's innovation in the studio has invited work with other bands, notably Editors and I Am Kloot, whose debut album was produced by Guy Garvey. Their third album, Leaders of the Free World, was entirely self-produced at Blueprint Studios in Salford, a space the band hired for the duration of their recording sessions."

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