Traders - Biography
Rogue Traders are an electro-rock group from Australia.
The live band consists of James Ash (Keyboards), Timothy
Henwood (Guitars), Cameron McGlinchey (Drums) and Natalie
Bassingthwaighte (Lead Vocals). The group's original members
(James Ash, Steve Davis) met in
in 1989. Before forming Rogue Traders, Ash and
worked together on many projects, most notably as dance act
Union State. Davis still contributes to the band and is
still an active part of the songwriting process. The band's
name came from the movie Rogue Trader.
Vicious Grooves - Debut Album
Rogue Traders (James Ash, Steve Davis) released their debut
album We Know What You're Up To. Their debut single
"Need You To Show Me" did not enter the Top 100 but reached
#16 on the ARIA Top 40 Club Chart.
second single released from the album, "Give In To Me", was
a minor Australian ARIAnet top 100 chart single peaking at
#67. Their third single was a lot more successful. They
remixed/covered INXS's "Need You Tonight", renaming it "One
Of My Kind". The track peaked at #10 in Australia -- giving
them the recognition they needed. A fourth single, "Stay?",
gave them another minor top 100 chart single peaking at #60.
Rogue Traders won an ARIA award for Best Dance Track for the
song "One Of My Kind". They were nominated for two APRA
awards in 2003 for "Give In To Me" and in 2004 for "One Of
My Kind" but lost in both years.
A New Beginning - Here Come The Drums
returned in 2005, with their new album Here Come The
Drums, a new record contract with music giant SonyBMG
along with new band member Neighbours' Natalie
Bassingthwaighte. The first single “Voodoo Child”, reached
number #4 in Australia, and #7 in New Zealand (their biggest
hit yet). The second single from the album, "Way To Go"
reached #7 in Australia, while "Watching You", which was
their second single to reach the top 5, peaked at #5 in
Australia. Like many other modern music acts, the Rogue
Traders use elements of old songs in their music. However,
rather than sampling the original songs, they re-record the
relevant parts. "Voodoo Child" contains a re-recorded riff
from "Pump It Up" by Elvis Costello. "Watching You" contains
re-recorded elements of "My Sharona" by The Knack.
saw the Rogue Traders' continuing success in Australia as
released singles and their second album continued to do well
in the Australian charts. Amongst rumours of Natalie
Bassingthwaighte planning to leave her role as Izzy Hoyland
in Neighbours, the band revealed a deal with the UK arm of
SonyBMG, intending to release music in the country in the
summer of 2006. They also won the 2006 MTV Australian Video
Music Award for Best Video for "Voodoo Child".
2006 the Rogue Traders won their first APRA Award, with "Way
To Go!" taking out the "Most Performed Dance Work" category.
They have previously been nominated for two APRA awards in
the same category, in 2003 for their single "Give In To Me"
and in 2004 for "One Of My Kind", which also won an ARIA
award. Also in June 2006, the Rogue Traders announced they
were releasing their second album Here Come The Drums again,
as a Limited Edition 2 CD Remix Set. The second CD contained
remixes from all their smash singles and the album included
new artwork. It was released on June 10th, the same day of
their 4th single "We're Coming Home." On June 18, 2006,
Natalie Bassingthwaighte and James Ash announced on Video
Hits that the band are currently in the process of writing
their third studio recorded album.
Breakout In Europe - Here Come The Drums
Rogue Traders announced early 2006 that they have signed
with the European division of Sony BMG and were to be
releasing their second album Here Come The Drums and singles
from the album later in the year. It was later announced
that Voodoo Child was to be again the first single in the UK
as it was in Australia. Voodoo Child was then given a UK
release of July 10 and the album July 24. A gig was also
announced for the UK at Shepherds Bush Empire in London for
July 11th - one day after the release of Voodoo Child, which
was for hopes to get the debut of Voodoo Child high in the
charts. Numerous radio stations across the UK started to
play Voodoo Child 6 weeks before its release.
video clip for Voodoo Child started to receive airplay on
programs across UK such as The Box, The Hits and MTV Dance.
The clip stayed the same as the Australian version. It
reached top 5 positions on the programs and #1 on some Radio
Stations as well. The song received a lot of positive
reviews from Radio Stations, TV Programs and music critics.
Some called it a 'Summer Anthem for 2006' and some named it
either 'Record of the Week/Month.' The video and single was
then put onto iTunes UK for buy. The video reached #2 on the
iTunes Video Chart and stayed in the top 5 for a few days,
while the single was selling itself into the top 10 and days
later into the top 5.
Child was released on July 10th in the UK but debuted in the
chart the week before at #18 due to download sales. After
its official release, Voodoo Child rocketed into the top 10
at #3 with sales of over 21,000. Due to its success Voodoo
Child is due to be released in several European countries
including the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
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