Formed in Sheffield, Yorkshire, indie rock band Longpigs rose to fame on the fringe of Britpop in the 1990s.
The original lineup comprised Crispin Hunt (vocals), Richard Hawley (guitar), Simon Stafford (bass) and former Cabaret Voltaire member Dee Boyle (drums). The group enjoyed success with singles such as She Said, On and On, and their well-received debut album, The Sun Is Often Out (1996).
Andy Cook replaced Boyle as drummer for their second album – Mobile Home (1999) – which produced the singles Blue Skies and The Frank Sonata.
After briefly reaching the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart, sales of the album faded. The band’s label, Mother Records, folded in 2000, and the band split up shortly afterwards.
Guitarist Richard Hawley went on to tour with Pulp, before embarking on a long and successful solo career.
Simon Stafford played in Hawley’s band for a year and went on to join Joe Strummer’s band The Mescaleros, playing with them until Strummer died in 2002.
Dee Boyle died in April 2017. He was 52.