Formed in Liverpool in 1993, Space were made up of Thomas Scott (Vocals/guitar), Jamie Murphy (lead guitar/vocals) and Andy Parle (drums).
Citing The Who as an influence the trio tried to replicate the sound of the legendary threesome. However the band was joined by Keyboard player Francis Griffiths in 1995, the same year that the band managed to secure a record deal with Gut Records.
The bands real breakthrough single was Female of the Species hitting #14 in the UK singles chart and was used for television (most notably in the UK television series Cold Feet). The record also earned the band some American radio play in addition to coverage on MTV in the US.
The bands first album, called Spiders, was released in September 1996 and became a platinum selling record in the UK reaching #5 in the album charts.
Two further singles from the album Me and You Versus the World and Dark Clouds reached #9 and #14 respectively with a reissue of Neighborhood charted at #11 in the UK singles chart.
The bands songs were also increased to five when the talented multi-instrumentalist David ‘Yorkie’ Palmer joined the group in late 1996. As a result Tommy Scott moved from bass guitar to focus on vocals while playing guitar.
Buoyed by the bands impact on the American music scene, the band embarked on a US tour but this was less successful than the band had dreamed.
However a new album was recorded but this was tinged with sadness as David Palmers mother Gladys Palmer (a well known singer around Liverpool) sadly died.
This knocked the band badly and Andy Parle left the group after recording the second album Tin Planet. Leon Caffrey was chosen to replace Parle as the bands drummer.
Tin Planet represented a shift in direction for the band and they sounded more mature and slightly softer than the bands debut Spiders. The album managed to reach #3 in the UK album chart and spawned four single releases. Avenging Angels and The Ballad of Tom Jones (which featured the vocals of Cerys Matthews of Catatonia) were both top ten UK singles charting at #6 and #4 respectively.
However the bands next two releases did not perform quite as well with Begin Again and Bad Days could only manage to chart at #21 and #20. They rounded off a reasonably successful 1998 by recording a version of The Animals classic We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place for a Honda advertisement.
1999 brought a duet with Tom Jones, obviously enamored with the band due to their dedication in song with The Ballad of Tom Jones (Cerys Matthews, who recorded vocals on this song, also performed with Jones on a Christmas release), with the band recording the Ray Davies song Sunny Afternoon for Jones’ duet album Reload.
2001 brought an end to the bands partnership with Gut records primarily due to the label constantly shifting the release date of the third album Love You More than Football.
However the band also began 2002 with the unexpected departure of lead guitarist Jamie Murphy as he felt the band had reached the height of its powers.
As a result, the band announced a semi-retirement from the music industry releasing their songs called Music for Aliens to fans via downloads from the bands website.
Suburban Rock ‘N’ Roll
Three years passed before we saw the band return to the spotlight with their fourth album Suburban Rock ‘N’ Roll and the title track from the LP reached #67 in the UK charts.
The album was met with a lukewarm welcome from critics while commercial sales were disappointing. As a result it was announced in 2005 to end the band and part ways but its members have continued to operate in the music industry.
Tommy Scott now plays in a punk band called The Drellas while Francis Griffiths was reunited with Jamie Murphy with their new band Dust while David ‘Yorkie’ Palmer now produces music for Liverpool band Shack.
Sadly, on 1 August 2009, Andy Parle died in what the police called as ‘unexplained’ circumstances. Parle had been seen crossing the road before tripping and falling and despite the efforts of paramedics and passers-by, Parle later died at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. He was forty two years old.