Modern English









Modern English

Modern English

is a rock band from Colchester, Essex, England, in 1977. The founders of the band were, Robbie Grey (vocals), Gary McDowell (guitar player and vocals), Michael Conroy (bass player and vocals). Soon Richard Brown (drum player), and Stephen Walker (keyboard player) was added to the group. The band was originally known as the Lepers. And even later, Ted Mason and Matthew Shippley was also added to the group. The group released their debut single called, Drowning Man, in 1980 with the Limp Records label. Their album called, Mesh & Lace, was released the following year by the 4AD Records label. Their style of music was the gloom rock sound which was used by bands such as Joy Division. The groups next release was, After the Snow, and it was a minor success. From the album came the hit, I Melt With You. The album was well received in the U. S. and the band moved to New York to better expose their talents. Their next release, which was called, Ricochet Days and from it came two hits, Ricochet Days and also Hands Across the Sea. In 1986, they released the album, Stop Start, with the Sire Records label. By this time, Walker and Brown left the group and Aaron Davidson (keyboard and guitar player), joined the group. The band was pushed too hard by the record producers. Grey went back to England and formed a new band. He reunited with Modern English members Davidson and Conroy, in 1990. They released the record called, Pillow Lips, with the TVT label, and the record sold over 300,000 copies.

Robbie Grey and Ted Mason co-wrote their material for the second release for TVT, with live strings and multiple harmonies. The recording received very little attention from TVT. The group had a contract with TVT so Grey put the band on hold for a while to study and travel and Mason took care of the legal issues to get the group out of their contract with TVT. In 1995 the band, with Matthew Shippley (0n the keyboard), Ted Mason (playing guitar and vocals), and John Solomon (on the drums), recorded the record called, Everything’s Mad with the Imago label. As of today, Robbie Grey continues to tour on the U. S. Circuit and in 2001 he signed a recording contract with A. P. G. Music label. Everything Mad was repackaged and remastered in 2007 and released for the Mi5 Recordings label and distributed by Caroline/EMI. There is a Modern English album with unreleased material on it that is due to be released in late 2007. The band has sold over 4 million records worldwide during their music career. They have released a total of 7 main albums and 1 compilation.