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The band was formed out of self-belief and dedication to making dreams come true. They are inspired by an all-consuming love of pop and a vision of a glorious future bedded in everyday reality. Spearmint show how dedication to the soul and spirit of pop really can change the world. Let me tell you how.
Formed in June 1995, Spearmint quickly pressed up a 7" single, 'Somebody' on their own label, hitBACK. They used an unauthorised Beatles sample which got them a couple of live shows. The followup, 'Goldmine', was released in 1996 sparking interest from Mark Radcliffe and helping get more gigs.

Playing scrabble on holiday, rubbing snow in your face outside a north London venue, classic Northern Soul records, mushrooms on toast ("It's willing so you've got the energy, but no too heavy so you can make the jumps and hit the notes"), local shops, windup toys, families, making people laugh, things people can relate to, things that make Spearmint real and observations that make them special.

Big shout to Blondie, the Beatles, New Order, Laverne and Shirley,William Shatner, Bee Gees, Shirley's brother, Marvin Gaye, The Said Liquidator, God's Gift to Women,
Flair, Big Bird, Supersaurus, Roger's Trout Farm, The Three Js. Remaining independent has meant spearmint have used the pop dream to achieve the pop
dream by forming a band and making the perfect album.

Spearmint have now played in Tokyo, Amsterdam, Paris, Oslo, Newport and Chalk Farm amongst other places.

Spearmint are:

Simon Calnan (keyboards, vocals)
Ronan Larvor (drums)
Shirley Lee (guitar, lead vocals)
Andy Lewis (bass)
James Parsons (guitar)

Their music:

a week away (4322 kb)
sweeping the nation (5504 kb)
a third of my life (4533 kb)
we're going out
start again (5362 kb)
best ballroom (3247 kb)
you carry this with you (5969 kb)
a trip into space (6648 kb)
it won't be long now
making you laugh (3137 kb)
saturday (3509 kb)
oklahoma (5331 kb)
leaves (4805 kb)
the good of the family (4821 kb)
i went away (3974 kb)
the locomotion (4758 kb)
new year song (5310 kb)
happy birthday girl (5831 kb)
vivian (5384 kb)
howling christmas (6194 kb)
a happy ending (2884 kb)
left alone among the living (5782 kb)
enough for me (4208 kb)
giving it away (7800 kb)
time is now (5109 kb)
my missing days (4655 kb)
don't get me started
mike's wall
i didn't buy you flowers
the book (4941 kb)
perhaps you were sleeping (5320 kb)
it will end (4158 kb)
distant star (4472 kb)
stealing beauty (5895 kb)
julie christie (3980 kb)
suddenly (1398 kb)
scottish pop (5141 kb)
wrapped up together (3360 kb)
the moment in my mind (4940 kb)
go (3536 kb)
the flaming lips (4514 kb)
solace (6823 kb)
a different lifetime
single again (3891 kb)
i'm so sorry... are forgiven (7988 kb)
a week away
isn't it great to be alive
sweeping the nation
a third of my life
we're going out
start again
best ballroom
you carry this with you
a trip into space
it won't be long now
making you laugh
you are still my brother
absense greetings number one
a signal or a sign
life in reverse
my birthday present to myself
outside the roundhouse
come on feel the lemonheads
absense greetings number two
lost on the way
the weather forecaster
the wilderness
a leopard (2932 kb)
the beautiful things (3708 kb)
say something else (5104 kb)
vince's holiday tape
the whole summer long (5039 kb)
I invented someone (3378 kb)
death of a scene (3976 kb)
this is a souvenir (5780 kb)
bad souvenirs (3971 kb)
the last bus home (4522 kb)
nothing (4292 kb)
we dyed the bathroom green (3691 kb)
meet mr marsden (5229 kb)

Their releases:

a week away
paris in a bottle
my missing days
a different lifetime
a week away (special edition)
a leopard and other stories
left alone among the living


Contact them:

Official Website:

close detail a week away

a week away


playing scrabble on holiday, rubbing snow in your face outside a north london venue, classic northern soul records, mushrooms on toast ("it's filling so you've got the energy, but no too heavy so you can make the jumps and hit the notes"), local shops, windup toys, families, making people laugh, things people can relate to, things that make spearmint real and observations that make them special.
big shout to blondie, the beatles, new order, laverne and shirley, william shatner, bee gees, shirley's brother, marvin gaye, the said liquidator, god's gift to women, flair, big bird, supersaurus, roger's trout farm, the three js.


1 a week away
2 isn't it great to be alive
3 sweeping the nation
4 a third of my life
5 we're going out
6 start again
7 best ballroom
8 you carry this with you
9 a trip into space
10 it won't be long now
11 making you laugh
12 you are still my brother
13 saturday

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The album is set at Christmas and to get that special atmosphere while recording in a studio in Lincolnshire during a hot week in May, tinsel was hung, Christmas trees were erected and "It's A Wonderful Life" was set to play on loop on the TV. The album is like a movie screen-play seen through the eyes of our hero who is an outsider in the town of English town of Oklahoma! (he's the only homeless and the only black person) He realises that whatever lengths he goes to attract attention (dressing as a cowboy, singing his songs, brandishing his gun), the embarrassed locals look right through him. He begins to feel like he's invisible. On the night before Christmas he wanders the silent snow-covered streets, looking in people's windows. The songs on the album are what he sees.


1 oklahoma
2 leaves
3 the good of the family
4 i went away
5 the locomotion
6 new year song
7 happy birthday girl
8 vivian
9 howling christmas

close detail paris in a bottle

paris in a bottle


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spearmint are back! after a fantastic acoustic-tour in 2004 and a b-sides and rarities compilation now a new and sensational record is going to be released - and it will put some sparkle to the days of this summer for sure. paris in a bottle is a collection of shimmering song-pearls – very british and simply very spearminty. on this album singer and songwriter shirley lee tells us the story of four strangers who’ve spent a night in paris together 11 years ago but havent’t met each other again since. songs with the easiness of a sunshine-day when you sit under a marquee drinking a glas of pernod. guitar- P!O!P!, northern-soul, 60s-smoothness, 80s-keyboard-sounds – little song cocktails that will enchant you instantly. imagine paris in a bottle to be a movie, it surely would feel like blow up taking place at the banks of the river seine. imagine it to be a car then it would be a citroen ds with jarvis cocker in the driving-seat and claudine longet next to him. imagine the album to be food it would taste like a croque monsieur, prepared by jamie oliver. the nme once called spearmint the last real indie-band in the u.k. – und with psycho magnet there’s a song again that will keep the kids dancing in clubs everywhere, jumping up and down with a smile on their lips. well done, spearmint. very well done, indeed!


1 First Time Music
2 Tuesday Morning
3 Leave Me Alone
4 Psychomagnet
5 My Girlfriend Is A Killer
6 Wednesday Night
7 The Competition
8 The Space
9 What's Wrong With Breaking Up?
10 Paris In A Bottle
11 Saturday Rain

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my missing days


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the last time i met shirley lee, singer and songwriter of englands finest band spearmint, the rain was pouring heavily in london. we metin a small italian restaurant called presto! near soho. our clothes and hair were wet and we both started to believe that we would be spending the rest of the weekend at home, suffering from our first springtime cold this year. our mood changed to better the moment a young waitress placed two cups of tea on our table. the restaurant was empty so shirley asked the waitress to take a seat next to us because he was fascinated by her haircut and her accent. she told us that she was born in estonia and came to the uk to become an actress. and so we talked about our dreams and plans for our lives, we talked about our values and our hopes. what we wanted to achieve when we were children. when we left the restaurant it was still raining so we took the taxi to shirley's flat. later this evening shirley played the new spearmint album "my missing days" to me. it's an album where the songs take you through a backward narrative - starting at the end and ending at the beginning. songs about values, possesions, figuring out what matters in this world, songs about what you'd do in a given situation.

"my missing days" is packed full of girl / boy duets, northern soul energy, brilliant tunes, haunting intrumentals, spoken pieces andsplendid guitars. this album by "the best live band in britain" (melody maker) has the vital P!O!P! of their debut "a week away" (which included the track "sweeping the nation" - a song that was voted one of best singles of all time in two seperate polls in the uk) and thelyrical depth of "a different lifetime" (spearmint's love-story album which was reviewed as "a flowering, a joy to behold" by uncut magazine).
the next morning i was walking the streets of soho again. and when i saw presto! i decided to visit it again. i gave a copy of "my missing days" to the young waitress, enclosed a small card with one of my favourite quotes from shirley "as long as you stick to what you believe in everything will come to you".


1 a happy ending
2 left alone among the living
3 enough for me
4 giving it away
5 time is now
6 my missing days
7 don't get me started
8 mike's wall
9 i didn't buy you flowers
10 the book
11 perhaps you were sleeping
12 the start of it all

close detail a different lifetime

a different lifetime



'love is a finite thing', says spearmint singer shirley lee, 'it will always end'. a different lifetime, the follow-up to spearmint's debut-album a week away, deals with the feelings of endings and beginnings. love can be the most beautiful thing in life and breaking-up can be devastating; sometimes love hurts and waving good-bye makes you feel good. the recordings for a different lifetime featured live strings and pete hofmann (producer of albums by gene and black box recorder) took care of the production. the result combines beauty and hope as well as grief and despair. an album so diverse and surprising as life sometimes can be. you'll come to discover: life is sweet and everything feels new - when there's someone to look up to. the people you love might change over the years - but there are songs that might accompany you forever.


1 it will end
2 distant star
3 stealing beauty
4 julie christie
5 suddenly
6 scottish pop
7 wrapped up together
8 the moment in my mind
9 go
10 the flaming lips
11 solace
12 a different lifetime
13 single again
14 i'm so sorry...
15 are forgiven

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a week away (special edition)



almost ten years ago, SPEARMINT released their indie P!O!P! classic "a week away" - an album that both music lovers and press were celebrating. "one day spearmint will be hailed as gods“ the british NME was writing a decade ago and indeed: good things come to those who wait. Spearmint are playing sold-out concerts and are mentioned by Paul Weller or young bands such as the Cribs in interviews.
Now, they fantastic album A WEEK AWAY is released as special edition! Remastered and with 11 (!) bonus tracks.
Like it is mentioned in "500 days of summer", the perfect love film of the year by zooey deschanel and joseph gordon-levitt : „you know: spearmint is the band you really should be listening to!“


1 a week away
2 isn't it great to be alive
3 sweeping the nation
4 a third of my life
5 we're going out
6 start again
7 best ballroom
8 you carry this with you
9 a trip into space
10 it won't be long now
11 making you laugh
12 you are still my brother
13 saturday
14 absense greetings number one
15 a signal or a sign
16 life in reverse
17 my birthday present to myself
18 outside the roundhouse
19 come on feel the lemonheads
20 absense greetings number two
21 hair
22 lost on the way
23 the weather forecaster
24 the wilderness

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a leopard and other stories



this is not a b-side, this is a future album track - spearmint, lately crowned by NME to be one of the last great indie-bands , are known for albums with complete stories. Topics like London at the weekend, christmas in a small english town and the chronicles of a great love have been told song-by-song by shirley lee, the singer of spearmint.
The current album is now a collection of short stories, which have been written in the past five years, tracks for singles, eps and compilations, which have been recorded knowing they will be part of " a leopard". "A leopard and other stories" is a typical Spearmint album, full of P!O!P!, northern soul, british humour and london sopisticism and as always a release of a new single will define the word "floorstomper" anew.
"The whole summer long" sounds, as if "take that", "the jam" and "pulp" recorded a birthday song for nick hornby. "This is a souvenir" is a tribute for "pavement" and recalls memories to sweeping a nation. Songs like "beautiful things" and "meet mr marsden" are spearmint live-classics. That's entertainment, folks!


1 a leopard
2 the beautiful things
3 say something else
4 vince's holiday tape
5 the whole summer long
6 I invented someone
7 death of a scene
8 you were always happy
9 this is a souvenir
10 bad souvenirs
11 the last bus home
12 nothing
13 we dyed the bathroom green
14 meet mr marsden

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left alone among the living



The album 'My Missing Days' (# 27392-2/-1) was surely the P!O!P!-highlight this summer. Now SPEARMINT release 'Left Alone Among The Living' as the first single. This song is guaranteed to fill all indie-P!O!P! dancefloors instantly. A hit-single having more soul than James Brown, with wittier lyrics than anything Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) has written in his life, a melody as catchy as a song by The Kinks - and a production that would leave Phil Spector speechless. Contains two unreleased tracks from he "My Missing Days"- Session.
Colored vinyl and strictly limited to 800 copies worldwide!


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