Texas
1986
Scotland
Music group
Texas was formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1986 by Johnny McElhone, a veteran of the Scottish rock circuit who had been a part of two groups, Hipsway and Altered Images. Altered Images had considerable chart success in the U.S. and the U.K. in the mid-1980s, while Hipsway didn't become nearly so well known.

Texas was initially comprised of McElhone, bass, Eddie Campbell, keyboards, Ally McErlaine, guitar, Richard Hynd, drums and Sharleen Spiteri, vocals and guitar. The group made their performing debut as a band in March, 1988 at a local college in Glasgow. Texas took their name from the 1985 Wim Wenders film, Paris, Texas, for which Ry Cooder composed the soundtrack.

In the television show The Office, fictional character David Brent claims that Texas used to open for his band, "Foregone Conclusion", before he gave up music to manage the Slough office of Wernham Hogg, a paper supply firm.

Texas scored a worldwide hit in 1989 with their debut single "I Don't Want a Lover". This was taken from their debut album "Southside" which went on to sell 2 million copies worldwide. The follow up albums Mother's Heaven (1991) and Ricks Road (1993) were less successful and failed to provide the band with any further big hit singles in the UK. Although these albums sold well in France and Spain this was not sufficient for the record company meaning the band faced a lot of pressure with their fourth release.

In 1997 Texas came back with "Say What You Want", this became Texas's biggest hit single yet, peaking at number 4. The album "White On Blonde" followed entering at number 1 where it was to return again a year later! Further hit singles from the album were "halo", "Black Eyed Boy", "Put Your Arms Around Me" and a reworking of "Say What You Want" with Method Man was released alongside album track "Insane".

1999 saw the release of the bands fifth album "The Hush" with the lead off single "In Our Lifetime". The second single, "Summer Son" became a massive hit across Europe leading thh album to become their best selling so far.

"The Hush"was followed by "The Greatest Hits" in 2000. This album went straight into the UK charts at number one, just like it's predecessors.

Their Greatest Hits tour through the UK and Europe started in February 2001, followed by a few festivals. A few days before the start of the tour Mykey Wilson (also known from The Dust Junkies) decided he didn't want to go on tour and he was replaced by drummer Steve Washington.

By the end of the tour the band announced they would take a two year break from touring so they could focus more on other projects. Sharleen would play in a movie, Ally was writing songs with a friend, Tony was working on a solo album which was produced by Johhny who also was planning to build his own studio.

The album "Careful What You Wish For" was released in 2003.

"Red Book", featuring new drummer Michael Bannister, followed in 2005.
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