Catatonia - Did You Know?

Catatonia - Did You Know?March 20, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about alternative rock band from Wales, Catatonia.




Catatonia were an alternative rock band that were formed in 1992 in Wales and gained popularity during the mid to late 1990s. They formed after Mark Roberts met Cerys Matthew, with the first major lineup consisting of Dafydd Ieuan (drums), Clancy Pegg (keyboard), Owen Powell (guitar) and Paul Jones (bass).

The band's song "Road Rage" was written about the trial of Tracie Andrews who killed her boyfriend, Lee Harvey. Andrews later told police it was a road rage attack and even appealed on UK news reports to find his killer.

In 1998, Andrews was found guilty of murder in a Birmingham crown court. The band Catatonia later released the song about the case. The song reached the No.5 spot on the UK chart and was nominated for best song at the Brit Awards and the Ivor Novello Awards, winning at the Q Awards.

Catatonia disbanded in 2001, seeing Cerys Matthews releasing solo albums and Owen Powell becoming a radio presenter and joining the supergroup The Stand.

Critics have highlighted the use of metaphors in Catatonia's work, and their songs have been compared my critics to poetry. Writing duties of the songs had been shared across the band, although had been mainly led by Matthews and Roberts.


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