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The Ordinary Boys are an English indie rock band from Worthing, West Sussex. Originally a hardcore outfit named Next in Line, they are influenced by punk rock and Britpop music, as well as the bands the Clash, the Specials, the Jam, the Kinks and the Smiths. Their name derives from a Morrissey song, "The Ordinary Boys". The membership of the band that originally split up in 2008 consisted of founding members Samuel Preston (vocals, rhythm guitar) – generally known simply by his surname "Preston", William Brown (lead guitar), James Gregory (bass), plus Simon Goldring (drums) who had replaced Charlie "Chuck" Stanley in 2005. In October 2015, they returned with a new self-titled album on their own imprint label Treat Yourself. A 25-date UK tour from mid-October 2015 to mid-November 2015 to promote the album followed.

The Ordinary Boys
Background information
OriginWorthing, England
GenresIndie rock, punk rock, ska, 2 tone
Years active2002–2008, 2011–present
LabelsMCA Music, Inc./B-Unique
MembersSamuel Preston
Charlie 'Chuck' Stanley
James Gregory
Matthew Powers
Past membersWilliam J Brown
Dane Etteridge
Toby Horton
Dan Logan
Alex Kershaw
Simon Goldring
Andy Massey

Contents

Success

In 2004, the Ordinary Boys released their debut album Over the Counter Culture preceded by the single "Maybe Someday". The title track "Over the Counter Culture" was featured on the soundtrack for the video game Burnout 3: Takedown. In support of the album, they embarked on tours supported by the Kaiser Chiefs, the Cribs and Hard-Fi.

In 2005, they released their second album Brassbound along with the single "Boys Will Be Boys". The single didn't become a hit until 2006 as their popularity grew particularly due to media coverage that Preston received when participating in Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother UK in January 2006, where he also met Chantelle Houghton, who he subsequently married and then divorced. During this time, Boys Will Be Boys was re-released and reached No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 1 on the UK Download Chart.

Following this, they released singles "Nine2Five" and "Lonely at the Top" to further top 10 success. In October 2006, they released their third album, How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps, which marked a change of sound, with more of a commercial pop feel, featuring synthesisers and samples. "I Luv U" was released as the final single from the album and became their 4th consecutive top 10 hit.

The Ordinary Boys have always maintained a very close relationship with an ultra-loyal fanbase, which reverently named itself "The Ordinary Army" and a feature of many Ordinary Boys live shows is the Ordinary Army turning out in large numbers and often displaying a large flag bearing the band's logo and the legend "Ordinary Army - On Manoeuvres". The Ordinary Boys are well known for drinking with the Army before and after shows, in a way that many rock observers may consider rare and this is one of the aspects of the band that their fans consider mark them out from other artists as special. In 2007 the Ordinary Boys issued a special fans-only white vinyl single, a cover of the Buzzcocks hit What Do I Get?'. The first words Preston spoke on the band taking the stage at their latest reunion gig in December 2013 were to acknowledge the Ordinary Army with, "We've been expecting you...".

Yahoo! UK revealed that The Ordinary Boys was the fourth most searched for keyword of 2006 in their annual top ten search results.

The song Boys Will Be Boys featured in the fifth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The band was also referenced in episode five ("Smoke and Mirrors") of series two of The IT Crowd.

At the peak of their popularity, the Ordinary Boys had successful tours of Japan and a Number One hit in that country with Boys Will Be Boys and also toured extensively at different times supporting Morrissey, Paul Weller and The Who. also appearing on Later... with Jools Holland and one of the last editions of Top of the Pops.

Split

In early 2008, Preston confirmed the band's split through the Ordinary Boys website, and announced he was writing new material for a solo album. Though it was completed in 2009, the album release was shelved and Preston then started a songwriting career. Two of the tracks recorded for the album later surfaced on YouTube. The Ordinary Boys' final live performance at this point had been an appearance at the Ben and Jerry's Summer Sundae outdoor event on Clapham Common on 27 July 2008.

Between 2008 and 2011, Preston embarked on a career writing and joint-writing songs for other artists and notable successes were the Number One hit Heart Skips a Beat for Olly Murs, along with Don't Say Goodbye, On My Cloud and Just for Tonight also for Olly Murs, Hard to Love Somebody for Arlissa Feat.Nas, Beautiful for Kylie Minogue and Enrique Iglesias, Goodnight Goodbye for John Newman and Lighthouse and Wait for Me for Lucy Spraggan's major label debut album Join the Club, which Sam Preston completely co-produced (bar two songs) with James Flannigan.

Sam Preston's song Dressed to Kill was covered by long-established American artist Cher on her 2013 album Closer to the Truth and she also named her tour in support of the album Dressed to Kill.

Reunion

A revived Ordinary Boys reunited in December 2011 for a full UK tour of small venues. Preston stated at the time that his objective had been "...to give this band the decent burial that they didn't get in 2008". Although they gave the project their blessing there was no involvement from either William Brown or James Gregory who were unavailable through other commitments and the band recruited three new members to join with original member Samuel Preston and drummer at the time of split Simon Goldring. They had also recorded one new song, called Run This Town. and played it on the tour, as well as playing live versions on their Facebook page. James Gregory made a guest appearance at the Islington Academy show on this tour, playing on one song, Maybe Someday.

The Ordinary Boys reunited on 13 December 2013 to play a one-off gig at the Hoxton Bar and Grill in Shoreditch, London. This reunion featured the return of James Gregory on bass and Alex Kershaw of Exeter band the Computers on guitar in place of the previous reunion members.

On 28 December 2013, Sam Preston announced that the Ordinary Boys were to officially reform, this time with Yorkshireman Louis Jones, formerly of power pop band Spectrals on lead guitar and featuring the return of original drummer Charlie Stanley for Simon Goldring who was working on a new musical project. He has also stated that the Ordinary Boys would record again and they toured the UK with eleven live dates from 18 to 28 November 2014.

On 19 August 2014, the Ordinary Boys new lineup played a well-received and sold out first show at the Birthdays venue in Dalston, London as a warm-up for the Autumn tour.

On 18 November 2014, the band set out on a new UK tour starting in Manchester and taking in Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham, London, Bristol and Southampton.

Later albums and singles

In July 2015, the band announced that they would release their fourth album, the eponymously titled The Ordinary Boys, on 2 October 2015 via. their own imprint label Treat Yourself. A single, Four Letter Word, was released in July on 7-inch vinyl and CD single and they also issued I'm Leaving You (and I'm Taking You With Me) on a split 7-inch with American band Mixtapes.

In March 2021, The Ordinary Boys teamed up with Mini Murphy (Ranking Junior from The Special Beat and the version of The Beat signed to DMF Music in 2016) to record a tribute to Murphy's father, The Beat's Ranking Roger (who had died on 26 March 2019 at the age of 56). The resulting double-A side single, with Legacy on one side and Jump And Skank on the other, was released as a download, vinyl and CD single by United Sound Records/Proper.

Albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
UK
Indie

SCO
Over the Counter Culture 19 18
Brassbound
  • Released: 20 June 2005
  • Label: B-Unique/Warner Music
11 14
  • BPI: Gold
How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps
  • Released: 23 October 2006
  • Label: B-Unique/Polydor
15 22
  • BPI: Silver
The Ordinary Boys
  • Released: 2 October 2015
  • Label: Treat Yourself Records
38

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
UK
Down.

EU
Digital
Tracks

IRE
SCO
2004 "Maybe Someday" Over the Counter Culture
"Week In, Week Out" 36 36
"Talk, Talk, Talk" 17 24
"Seaside" 27 30
2005 "Boys Will Be Boys" 3 1 1 22 2 Brassbound
"Life Will Be the Death of Me" 50 50
2006 "Nine2Five" (vs. Lady Sovereign) 6 12 11 25 6 How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps
"Lonely at the Top" 10 26 19
2007 "I Luv U" 7 5 8 12
2014 "Awkward" The Ordinary Boys
2015 "Four Letter Word"

The music videos for "Boys Will Be Boys", "Life Will Be the Death of Me", "9 to 5" and "Lonely at the Top" were all directed by Andy Hylton.

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The Ordinary Boys Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources The Ordinary Boys news newspapers books scholar JSTOR March 2007 Learn how and when to remove this template message The Ordinary Boys are an English indie rock band from Worthing West Sussex Originally a hardcore outfit named Next in Line they are influenced by punk rock and Britpop music as well as the bands the Clash the Specials the Jam the Kinks and the Smiths 1 Their name derives from a Morrissey song The Ordinary Boys 1 The membership of the band that originally split up in 2008 consisted of founding members Samuel Preston vocals rhythm guitar generally known simply by his surname Preston William Brown lead guitar James Gregory bass plus Simon Goldring drums who had replaced Charlie Chuck Stanley in 2005 2 In October 2015 they returned with a new self titled album on their own imprint label Treat Yourself A 25 date UK tour from mid October 2015 to mid November 2015 to promote the album followed The Ordinary BoysBackground informationOriginWorthing EnglandGenresIndie rock punk rock ska 2 toneYears active2002 2008 2011 presentLabelsMCA Music Inc B UniqueMembersSamuel Preston Charlie Chuck Stanley James Gregory Matthew PowersPast membersWilliam J Brown Dane Etteridge Toby Horton Dan Logan Alex Kershaw Simon Goldring Andy Massey Contents 1 Career 1 1 Success 1 2 Split 1 3 Reunion 1 4 Later albums and singles 2 Discography 2 1 Albums 2 2 Singles 3 ReferencesCareer EditSuccess Edit In 2004 the Ordinary Boys released their debut album Over the Counter Culture preceded by the single Maybe Someday The title track Over the Counter Culture was featured on the soundtrack for the video game Burnout 3 Takedown In support of the album they embarked on tours supported by the Kaiser Chiefs the Cribs and Hard Fi In 2005 they released their second album Brassbound along with the single Boys Will Be Boys The single didn t become a hit until 2006 as their popularity grew particularly due to media coverage that Preston received when participating in Channel 4 s Celebrity Big Brother UK in January 2006 where he also met Chantelle Houghton who he subsequently married and then divorced During this time Boys Will Be Boys was re released and reached No 3 on the UK Singles Chart and No 1 on the UK Download Chart Following this they released singles Nine2Five and Lonely at the Top to further top 10 success In October 2006 they released their third album How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps which marked a change of sound with more of a commercial pop feel featuring synthesisers and samples I Luv U was released as the final single from the album and became their 4th consecutive top 10 hit The Ordinary Boys have always maintained a very close relationship with an ultra loyal fanbase which reverently named itself The Ordinary Army and a feature of many Ordinary Boys live shows is the Ordinary Army turning out in large numbers and often displaying a large flag bearing the band s logo and the legend Ordinary Army On Manoeuvres The Ordinary Boys are well known for drinking with the Army before and after shows in a way that many rock observers may consider rare and this is one of the aspects of the band that their fans consider mark them out from other artists as special In 2007 the Ordinary Boys issued a special fans only white vinyl single a cover of the Buzzcocks hit What Do I Get The first words Preston spoke on the band taking the stage at their latest reunion gig in December 2013 were to acknowledge the Ordinary Army with We ve been expecting you Yahoo UK revealed that The Ordinary Boys was the fourth most searched for keyword of 2006 in their annual top ten search results 3 The song Boys Will Be Boys featured in the fifth Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix The band was also referenced in episode five Smoke and Mirrors of series two of The IT Crowd At the peak of their popularity the Ordinary Boys had successful tours of Japan and a Number One hit in that country with Boys Will Be Boys and also toured extensively at different times supporting Morrissey Paul Weller and The Who also appearing on Later with Jools Holland and one of the last editions of Top of the Pops Split Edit In early 2008 Preston confirmed the band s split through the Ordinary Boys website and announced he was writing new material for a solo album Though it was completed in 2009 the album release was shelved and Preston then started a songwriting career Two of the tracks recorded for the album later surfaced on YouTube The Ordinary Boys final live performance at this point had been an appearance at the Ben and Jerry s Summer Sundae outdoor event on Clapham Common on 27 July 2008 Between 2008 and 2011 Preston embarked on a career writing and joint writing songs for other artists and notable successes were the Number One hit Heart Skips a Beat for Olly Murs along with Don t Say Goodbye On My Cloud and Just for Tonight also for Olly Murs Hard to Love Somebody for Arlissa Feat Nas Beautiful for Kylie Minogue and Enrique Iglesias Goodnight Goodbye for John Newman and Lighthouse and Wait for Me for Lucy Spraggan s major label debut album Join the Club which Sam Preston completely co produced bar two songs with James Flannigan Sam Preston s song Dressed to Kill was covered by long established American artist Cher on her 2013 album Closer to the Truth and she also named her tour in support of the album Dressed to Kill Reunion Edit A revived Ordinary Boys reunited in December 2011 for a full UK tour of small venues Preston stated at the time that his objective had been to give this band the decent burial that they didn t get in 2008 Although they gave the project their blessing there was no involvement from either William Brown or James Gregory who were unavailable through other commitments and the band recruited three new members to join with original member Samuel Preston and drummer at the time of split Simon Goldring They had also recorded one new song called Run This Town 4 and played it on the tour as well as playing live versions on their Facebook page James Gregory made a guest appearance at the Islington Academy show on this tour playing on one song Maybe Someday The Ordinary Boys reunited on 13 December 2013 to play a one off gig at the Hoxton Bar and Grill in Shoreditch London This reunion featured the return of James Gregory on bass and Alex Kershaw of Exeter band the Computers on guitar in place of the previous reunion members On 28 December 2013 Sam Preston announced that the Ordinary Boys were to officially reform this time with Yorkshireman Louis Jones formerly of power pop band Spectrals on lead guitar and featuring the return of original drummer Charlie Stanley for Simon Goldring who was working on a new musical project He has also stated that the Ordinary Boys would record again and they toured the UK with eleven live dates from 18 to 28 November 2014 On 19 August 2014 the Ordinary Boys new lineup played a well received and sold out first show at the Birthdays venue in Dalston London as a warm up for the Autumn tour On 18 November 2014 the band set out on a new UK tour starting in Manchester and taking in Manchester Newcastle Glasgow Leeds Birmingham Nottingham London Bristol and Southampton Later albums and singles Edit In July 2015 the band announced that they would release their fourth album the eponymously titled The Ordinary Boys on 2 October 2015 via their own imprint label Treat Yourself A single Four Letter Word was released in July on 7 inch vinyl and CD single and they also issued I m Leaving You and I m Taking You With Me on a split 7 inch with American band Mixtapes In March 2021 The Ordinary Boys teamed up with Mini Murphy Ranking Junior from The Special Beat and the version of The Beat signed to DMF Music in 2016 5 to record a tribute to Murphy s father The Beat s Ranking Roger who had died on 26 March 2019 at the age of 56 The resulting double A side single with Legacy on one side and Jump And Skank on the other was released as a download vinyl and CD single by United Sound Records Proper 6 Discography EditAlbums Edit Title Details Peak chart positions CertificationsUK 7 UK Indie 8 SCO 9 Over the Counter Culture Released 5 August 2004 Label B Unique Warner Music 19 18 BPI Silver 10 Brassbound Released 20 June 2005 Label B Unique Warner Music 11 14 BPI Gold 10 How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps Released 23 October 2006 Label B Unique Polydor 15 22 BPI Silver 10 The Ordinary Boys Released 2 October 2015 Label Treat Yourself Records 38 Singles Edit Year Title Peak chart positions AlbumUK 11 UK Down 10 EU Digital Tracks 12 IRE 13 SCO 14 2004 Maybe Someday Over the Counter Culture Week In Week Out 36 36 Talk Talk Talk 17 24 Seaside 27 302005 Boys Will Be Boys 3 1 1 22 2 Brassbound Life Will Be the Death of Me 50 502006 Nine2Five vs Lady Sovereign 6 12 11 25 6 How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps Lonely at the Top 10 26 192007 I Luv U 7 5 8 122014 Awkward The Ordinary Boys2015 Four Letter Word The music videos for Boys Will Be Boys Life Will Be the Death of Me 9 to 5 and Lonely at the Top were all directed by Andy Hylton 15 References Edit a b Biography by MacKenzie Wilson Allmusic com Retrieved 9 March 2009 The Ordinary Boys Discover music videos concerts stats amp pictures at Last fm 22 March 2012 Retrieved 18 April 2012 Yahoo 2006 top searches The Ordinary Boys Run This Town YouTube Archived from the original on 12 December 2021 Retrieved 18 April 2012 BEAT FT RANKING ROGER full Official Chart History Official Charts Company www officialcharts com Ordinary Boys team up with Ranking Junior for Ranking Roger tribute 18 March 2021 Ordinary Boys full Official Chart history Official Charts Company Retrieved 14 September 2019 Peak chart position on the UK Indie Albums Chart The Ordinary Boys Official UK Indie Albums Chart Official Charts Company 9 October 2015 Retrieved 14 September 2019 Peak chart position on the Scotland Albums Chart Over the Counter Culture Scottish Albums Chart Official Charts Company 11 July 2004 Retrieved 14 September 2019 Brassbound Scottish Albums Chart Official Charts Company 5 February 2005 Retrieved 14 September 2019 How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps Scottish Albums Chart Official Charts Company 29 October 2006 Retrieved 14 September 2019 a b c d UK Chartlog The O Ozric Tentacles zobbel de Retrieved 27 July 2009 Ordinary Boys full Official Chart history Official Charts Company Retrieved 10 September 2019 Ordinary Boys Billboard Chart history Billboard Retrieved 10 September 2019 Irishcharts searchable database irishcharts ie Retrieved 27 July 2009 Peak chart position on the Scotland Singles Chart Week In Week Out Scottish Albums Chart Official Charts Company 11 April 2004 Retrieved 13 September 2019 Talk Talk Talk Scottish Albums Chart Official Charts Company 4 July 2004 Retrieved 13 September 2019 Seaside Scottish Albums Chart Official Charts Company 2 October 2004 Retrieved 13 September 2019 Boys Will Be Boys Scottish Albums Chart Official Charts Company 12 February 2006 Retrieved 13 September 2019 Life Will Be the Death of Me Scottish Albums Chart Official Charts Company 4 September 2005 Retrieved 13 September 2019 Nine2Five Scottish Albums Chart Official Charts Company 28 May 2006 Retrieved 13 September 2019 Lonely at the Top Scottish Albums Chart Official Charts Company 22 October 2006 Retrieved 13 September 2019 I Luv U Scottish Albums Chart Official Charts Company 21 January 2007 Retrieved 13 September 2019 AndyHylton com Retrieved 11 June 2012 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title The Ordinary Boys amp oldid 1092456880, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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