Ash is an Alternative Rock band started in 1992 in Northern Ireland. Its line-up consists of:
- Tim Wheeler, guitarist, vocalist and main songwriter
- Mark Hamilton, bassist
- Rick McMurray, drummer
- Charlotte Hatherley, guitarist and vocalist (joined 1997, left amicably in 2006)
- Trailer (1994) - a mini-album in the UK, fortified in the US by the addition of B-sides;
- 1977 (1996) - their first successful album
- Nu-Clear Sounds (1998) - the first album with Charlotte Hatherley as a bandmember
- Free All Angels (2001)
- Intergalactic Sonic 7''s (2003) - compilation; one CD contains their singles and the other, Cosmic Debris, has B-sides and rarities
- Meltdown (2004) - last album with Charlotte Hatherley
- Twilight of the Innocents (2007)
- A-Z Series (2009-2010) - a series of single format releases somewhat similar to Teargarden by Kaleidyscope by The Smashing Pumpkins
- Kablammo! (2015)
Tropes that apply to the band include:
- Badass Boast: "World Domination" and "Meltdown" have some very badass lyrics.
- Britpop: Mostly their early stuff.
- Cover Version: "Punk Boy" by Helen Love (on Trailer), the aforementioned Star Wars theme and "Cantina Band" by John Williams (the latter as a B-side for "Girl from Mars"), "Gimme Some Truth" by John Lennon (as a B-side for "Angel Interceptor"), "Get Ready" by The Temptations (B-side for "Goldfinger"), "Does Your Mother Know?" by ABBA (B-side for "Oh Yeah"), "What Deaner Was Talking About" by Ween (B-side for "A Life Less Ordinary"), "Blew" by Nirvana and "Who You Drivin' Now?" by Mudhoney (both B-sides for "Numbskull"), "Teenage Kicks" by The Undertones (B-side for "Sometimes"), "Melon Farmer" by Lazer-Gun Nun (on the Cosmic Debris CD), "Warmer Than Fire" by Little Hell (B-side for "Shining Light").
- Darker and Edgier: Nu-Clear Sounds and Meltdown.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Without explicitly mentioning anything sexual, the lyrics of "Goldfinger" are rather obviously about a teenage boy anticipating his and his girlfriend's planned mutual defloration.
- Lyrical Tic: "Woah"s and "ooh"s can be found in... Well, pretty much any Ash song.
- Obsession Song: "Lost In You".
- Pun-Based Title: Nu-Clear Sounds. "Skullfull of Sulphur". Also, the name of their first album, "Trailer", is a visual pun. As a matter of fact, its cover shows a toppled trailer.
- Rock Trio: Since Charlotte Hatherley left the band in 2006, this applies.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Tim Wheeler sings with an American accent in many songs, especially those from "Meltdown". In interviews, though, he often switches back to his normal Northern Irish accent.
- Something Blues: "Bad Karma Blues".
- Step Up to the Microphone: "Grey Will Fade", a B-Side to "There's A Star", was written by Charlotte Hatherley and mostly performed by her alone - The only other member of the band appearing on the song is Rick McMurray on drums. A re-recorded version would become the Title Track of her first solo album.
- Studio Chatter: At the beginning of "Meltdown". ("Ready?" "Yeah, ready!")
- Word Salad Title: "Astral Conversations with Toulouse-Lautrec", "Message from Oscar Wilde and Patrick Brewer", "The Sweetness of Death By the Obsidian Knife", "Everywhere Is All Around" (er... thanks?), "Heroin, Vodka, White Noise."