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written by Juerg, j_g@bluewin.ch (updated by Alex, tryeverything@garbage.com)


This FAQ is for informing the public about the world's best band REPUBLICA. This file is in no way 'official'. REPUBLICA have nothing to do with it. So please don't bother them with questions about this FAQ.
All information included here is correct to best knowledge, but I hereby disclaim any liability for any damage caused by use of information provided by this document.


CONTENTS

[1] Introduction
    [1.1] A word from me
    [1.2] Getting The Unofficial REPUBLICA FAQ
    [1.3] Adding to this FAQ
 
[2] Preliminary Information
    [2.1] Who are REPUBLICA?
    [2.2] What do they sound like?
    [2.3] How did they form?  
    [2.4] Facts about the members.  --updated--

[3] The music of REPUBLICA
    [3.1] How many records have REPUBLICA released?
    [3.2] What was their first big hit?
 


[1] Introduction

[1.1] A word from me

Okay, you REPUBLICA admirers. As far as I know this is the first FAQ about our favourite group. As described on the top of this file isn't in any way official and REPUBLICA don't support it. So if you've got questions about this FAQ, ask them to me. By the way, if you write to info@republica.com you probably won't get an answer. I tried it two times, but the band seems to be too busy to answer the fan-mails. I also can't guarantee that this FAQ is 100% correct.
Unfortunately, I know more about Saffron than about the other band members, because Saffron seems to be the most interviewed member of the band.

[1.2] Getting The Unofficial REPUBLICA FAQ

At the moment, the only location to get this FAQ is the REPUBLICA fan page named RIOT IN REPUBLICA at http://thor.prohosting.com/~juerg.

[1.3] Adding to this FAQ

To make this FAQ as correct and good as possible, I'm depended on your help. If you have some additions, corrections or questions, write an e-mail to riotr@usa.net.
 
 

[2] Preliminary Information
 

[2.1] Who are REPUBLICA?

REPUBLICA are a British band which grew out of London's club scene and was getting tired of the mainstream dance fuck. They wanted to put some more intelligent lyrics into the music. And they wanted to be a real band doing gigs etc.
 

The members are:
 

Saffron Vocals
Tim Dorney Keyboards
Jonny Male Guitars
Pete Riley Drums

 

[2.2] What do they sound like?

Describing their style is quite difficult, because they don't fit into any kind of music-scene, but that's one fact that makes them so interesting. Saffron said one day it sounds like "Techno Pop Punk Rock". She didn't meant this as a real describtion, but it follows the band since that day. But if you think about it, this isn't such a bad term. It contains elements that you can find in their music.

Interviewed by Bernard MacMahon (17th July 96):
If you had to explain to somebody who hadn't heard anything that you have ever done, what would they expect to hear on the album? How would you describe how the album sounds?
SAFFRON It is a live guitar band with punk strong guitars and dance beats. It is a mixture of things. Half of the album is techno/pop, and half rock/beat.
TIM We work out best as pop/rock.
SAFFRON A guitar band, with a bit of a pop attitude and dance beats. Burnt glamour pop!!!
 

[2.3] How did they form?

Once upon a time there was a girl named Saffron who left her former band N-Joi because she wanted to form a band at her own. She told that to a friend of her.
At the same time the songwriter-partners Tim and Toddy composed a few dance tracks which they played to some people. But all said that the tracks would sound better with vocals. So they started to search for a singer. By chance, Saffron's friend was also a friend of Tim and Toddy and she introduced Saffron to the boys. They liked each other and decided to stay together after the agreement that they don't want to be another one of that boring girlie dance acts. Johnny joined the trio when Toddy was ill and they needed a stand in for a gig. Dave Barborossa joined the band in spring '96 through word of mouth to play the drums. He was drummer by Bow Wow Wow and Adam Ant back in the '80s.
In September '97 Dave has had to leave the band due to other commitments and the band took Pete Riley on staff. At the same time Johnny became a full-time member of the band after he already played an active part in the writing of many REPUBLICA songs.
Unfortunately, Toddy left the band at the end of '97 due to other record commitments. Pete Riley became a full-time member in early '98 and he will perform on REPUBLICA's second album.

[2.4] Facts about the members.
 
SAFFRON:

First Name: Samantha
Last Name: Sprackling
Date Of Birth: 3/6/1968
Hobbies: Fantasy literature, Music 

 
TIM:

First Name: Tim
Last Name: Dorney
Date Of Birth: 30/3/1965
Hobbies: Skateboarding, Music 

 
JONNY:

First Name: Jonny
Last Name: Male
Date Of Birth: ?/?/?
Hobbies: Music 

 
PETE:

First Name: Pete
Last Name: Riley
Date Of Birth: ?/?/?
Hobbies: Music

 

[3] The music of REPUBLICA
 

[3.1] How many records have REPUBLICA released?
 
PROMOS:

Out Of This World (1994)
Bloke (1994)
Ready To Go (1995)
From Rush Hour With Love (1998)
Try Everything (1998)

 
SINGLES:

Holly (1995)
Ready To Go (1996)
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1996)
From Rush Hour With Love (1998)
Try Everything (1999) (unreleased)

 
ALBUMS:

Republica (1996)
Speed Ballads (1998)

There's also a limited edition of the album available for the S/T Album. It contains a bonus CD with 6 live tracks.
 

[3.2] What was their first big hit?

REPUBLICA's first big hit was Ready To Go. The song was on the tops of all radio station's playlists, especially on alternative radio. Even VIVA played the song many times - a remarkable thing for a song with such guitar riffs like Ready To Go has. The second song of REPUBLICA that hit the charts was Drop Dead Gorgeous, which also was in Wes Craven's horror-movie Scream.
Long time before Ready To Go and Drop Dead Gorgeous were released, REPUBLICA's promos Out Of This World and Bloke were popular with English club scene.