Catherine Wheel is a band, not a solo artist. Since that's cleared up now, they formed in 1990 in the UK. The band consisted of Rob Dickinson (a paternal cousin of Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden), Brian Futter, Dave Hawes (replaced by Ben Ellis in 1999), and Neil Sims.They started as one of shoegazing's pioneers, and one of the more memorable; their albums Ferment and Chrome are both considered classics and early examples of "metalgaze".Over the years of their existence, they disliked being labeled "shoegaze" and thus shrugged it off, with Happy Days heading into more of a Hard Rock/Grunge direction and Adam and Eve being heavily influenced by art rock. Unfortunately, this led to critical reviews and commercial sales slowly dropping.After releasing the mostly unsuccessful Wishville in 2000, the band split. Dickinson became a solo artist, Futter and Sims recorded an album under the name 50ft Monster, and Ellis joined the band Serafin.
- Painful Thing EP (1991)
- Ferment (1992)
- Chrome (1993)
- Happy Days (1995)
- Like Cats and Dogs (1996, compilation of outtakes, B-sides and covers)
- Adam and Eve (1997)
- Wishville (2000)
I always thought the way you trope was neat:
- And I Must Scream: The cover of Happy Days is of a man on a bed falling down a giant baby crib. The album booklet shows the man haplessly screaming while stuck as a small person in a large crib. Sweet dreams.
- Album Title Drop: Ferment in "I Want to Touch You": "I'm fermenting, can't you see?" and its title track. Chrome gets it in "Crank": "A chrome protection" and its title track as well.
- Epic Rocking: "Black Metallic", "Pain", "Fripp", "Heal", "Eat My Dust You Insensitive Fuck", "Thunderbird", "Goodbye", "For Dreaming"
- Lyrical Dissonance: One of their gentlest songs also has some of their angriest lyrics and song title, "Eat My Dust You Insensitive Fuck".
- Lyrics/Video Mismatch: "Judy Staring at the Sun" is a melancholy song about a woman's heroin addiction. The music video is a kitschy, pop-art-styled Performance Video set in space.
- Meaningful Name: Their name is a reference to a spinning firework. Which is very meaningful, especially with the subject matter of their music.
- One-Word Title: "Texture", "Shallow", "Ferment", "Tumbledown", "Salt", "Balloon", "Crank", "Pain", "Chrome", "Fripp", "Waydown", "Heal", "Receive", "Shocking", "Hole", "Delicious", "Satellite", "Thunderbird", "Goodbye", "Gasoline", "Lifeline"
- Title Track: Ferment and Chrome both have one.