Five years after forming as shoegaze wannabes in 1988, The Boo Radleys issued their third album, Giant Steps (1993), which took them into the Top 20 and saw them scoop the album of the year award from NME.
The band excelled at appealing to the general music fan.
Full of hand-claps, sun-soaked vocal harmonies, upbeat drums and blasts of brass, no song better captured the rosy optimism of the Britpop era than Wake Up Boo! (1996).
Main songwriter Martin Carr has continued writing and recording since the band split in 1999.
He released six albums under his Brave Captain moniker and has also released albums under his own name, starting with Ye Gods (And Little Fishes) (2009).
Simon ‘Sice’ Rowbottom