signed a record contract before they played more than five gigs. That alone tells you everything you need to know about the band. Menswear
were an outgrowth of the post-Blur
pop scene in London, England, a group of charming, handsome young men that wanted to be in a pop group more than they wanted to play music. Consequently, they received their fair share of detractors, but the band weathered the storm, becoming one of the most popular Brit-pop bands of 1995.
The members of Menswear
-- vocalist Johnny Dean
(b. December 12, 1971), guitarist Simon White
, guitarist Chris Gentry
(b. February 23, 1977), bassist Stuart Black
, and drummer Matt Everett
-- told everyone around Camden, London that they were in a band before they had actually rehearsed. Toward the end of 1994, they decided to actually start playing music, choosing the name Menswear
and writing Elastica
-inspired pop songs.
The group's first single, "I'll Manage Somehow," received good notices in the NME and Melody Maker, and their second single, "Daydreamer," peaked at number 14.