The Other Two

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The Other Two
Origin Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Genres Synthpop, alternative dance
Years active 1990–2011
Labels Factory
London
LTM
Qwest/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records (US)[1]
Associated acts Joy Division
New Order
Members Gillian Gilbert
Stephen Morris

The Other Two are an English dance act consisting of Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order. The band name refers to the fact that the other New Order members, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook, had already embarked on side projects by the time the first The Other Two record was released. Their debut single "Tasty Fish" was released in 1991 and peaked at 41 in the UK Singles Chart.

The Other Two have released two albums, The Other Two & You (1993) and Super Highways (1999).

Albums

The Other Two and You

Initially conceived from the remnants of unused soundtrack work and various studio experiments, The Other Two began during a hiatus in New Order activity. They decided to feature a female vocalist, and in early stages Kim Wilde was recruited as a potential singer for the group.[2] Ultimately however, Gilbert would take over on vocals, and performs on both Other Two albums.

Lead single "Tasty Fish" was released in 1991 to positive reviews. However, due to the collapse of Factory Records, The Other Two & You could not be released as initially planned. The release of New Order's Republic in the meantime meant that The Other Two & You was delayed until November 1993, finally being released on London Records. "Selfish" was chosen as a second single, and "Innocence" was also released as a club 12-inch in the US.[2]

Super Highways

Follow-up album Super Highways was released by London in March 1999. The album featured guest vocalist and co-writer Melanie Williams from dance act Sub Sub on selected tracks ("You Can Fly", "One Last Kiss", "Super Highways").

Soundtracks

The Other Two have been involved in motion picture scoring; particularly TV soundtracks. Most notably they created a theme song for the TV series Common As Muck (the track "New Horizons" has elements of this theme tune), as well as the theme for America's Most Wanted. Other soundtrack work includes the series Cold Feet, Making Out and series two of Cracker. The Other Two also created music for the UK TV programme Reportage, although this was credited as New Order and would be adapted into their 1990 World Cup song "World in Motion."[3]

Future

Morris and Gilbert reportedly considered assembling a third album around 2010 from other production work, although this did not materialise.[4] The name was also used for Morris and Gilbert's 2014 remix of a Tim Burgess track.[5]

Discography

The Other Two discography
Studio albums 2
Singles 6
Albums
Year Album details Chart positions
UK
[6]
US Heat- seekers
[7]
1993 The Other Two & You
  • Released: November 1993
  • Label: London Records (UK), Qwest Records (US)
40
1999 Super Highways
  • Released: June 1999
  • Label: London Records
Singles
Year Title Chart positions Album
UK
[6]
US Club Play
[8]
US Modern Rock
[8]
1990 "Loved It (The New Factory)" (Limited non-commercial release) (as 'Steve and Gillian') The Other Two & You
1991 "Tasty Fish" 41
1993 "Selfish" 46 6 30
1995 "Innocence" (Released only in the US)
1999 "You Can Fly" (Withdrawn shortly before release) Super Highways
"Super Highways"
2011 Anna + Peter Swing Project 1 (as 'Gillian + Stephen')

References

  1. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 27 October 2009. Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.ltmrecordings.com/the_other_two.html
  3. ^ http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1994_articles/jan94/othertwo.html
  4. ^ Sason, David. "Interview: Stephen Morris of Joy Division, New Order, and now Bad Lieutenant". BohoBlog. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Stokes, Paul. "New Order's Other Two Remix Tim Burgess". Mojo. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Chart Stats – Other Two". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "allmusic ((( The Other Two > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". 2010 Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "allmusic ((( The Other Two > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". 2010 Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 

External links

  • The Other Two on SoundCloud
  • Other Two biography at LTM

Videos

  • Video for "Selfish".
  • Video for "Tasty Fish".
  • Video for "Super Highways".
  • Video for "You Can Fly".
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