Elbow is a British rock band from Bury, near Manchester, England. Formed in the 1990s, it is composed of Mark Potter on guitar, Richard Jupp on drums, Craig Potter on keyboard, Peter Turner on bass and Guy Garvey on vocals. The group is a serious musical reference for audiences in Britain, long considered the best English band of the decade.
Garvey, 16, meets Mark Potter in 1990 at Bury College in Bury, Greater Manchester. Potter will ask Garvey to sing in his band with drummer Richard Jupp and bassist Pete Turner. Together, they form the Mr Soft group (short name then in Soft)>. Potter's brother, Craig, joins the keyboards. This year, they play their first concert at Ramsbottom's Corner Pin pub.
They changed their name to Elbow in 1997, based on the television drama The Singing Detective in which Detective Philip Marlow describes the word "elbow" (elbow) as the one that rings the best in English>. After winning a contest, the band signed with Island Records in 1998 and recorded his first studio album with producer Steve Osborne at Real World Studios. However, Island is bought by Universal Music. The group is violently returned and the album is never published >>>.
Their debut album, Asleep in the Back (2001), is eagerly awaited on the British rock scene. The album knows, released at V2 Records in May 2001, a rapid success across Europe. Asleep in the Back is listed for the Mercury Music Prize> and nominated for a BRIT Award in the category of Best New British Band>.