Fantastic Harlow based Hip Hop/Rock band,
superb in every way!
Associated (hell, some of the early b-sides were recorded there) with the Square in Harlow, where I saw them play some fantastic shows...and well known for 'Eat My Goal' though there are so many better songs on the albums and singles!
Vocals (1993) - Nihal Arthanayake
Vocals (1994-1996/7?) - Jim Burke
This site's been up for about 12 months now and I'm almost ready to put it onto the main page of bands...here's what we've got so far:
And now, we can add this!
Their entry in the Virgin Encyclopedia Of Dance Music!
"All round entertainers from Harlow, Essex, England, Collapsed Lung utilise an unconventional hip-hop derived musical format, but also intersperse rowdy electric guitar and mid-song comedy banter.
They fomed in February 1992, and after their debut performance were invited to play an all-day festival in Harlow at which guitarist Steve Harcourt (formerly of heavy metal band Gethsemane and by day a toy shop assistant) first met the bespectacled Nihal Arhanayake, a rapper of Sri Lanken descent who opted out of a legal career to join the band.
He was consequently invited to record some of his material over the trio's existing tracks.
Nihals Co-rapper was Anthony Chapman with the line-up completed by bass
player Johnny Dawe.
Members traced their roots back to several earlier Harlow bands including Pregnant Neck, Bombers and indie band Death By Milkfloat.
The first Collapsed Lung single 'Thundersley Invacar' eulogising the famous
UK invalid car, brought comparisions to Cornershop.
The follow up 'Chainsaw Wedgie', was about a particuarly painful playground torture, involving the victim's underwear being hoisted from behind.
However, Arthanayake left the band in 1994, subsequently guesting on Fun-Da-Mentals debut album and joined the Maddie Funksters (Edmund notes - Pretty sure it's the Muddy Funksters...)
Collapsed Lung replaced him with rapper Jim Burke and drummer Chris, while Chapman also bolstered his reputation with DJ-ing work at a variety of London venues.
He was also keen to reinstate Collapsed Lungs rap credentials, stating 'at the end of the day, it's just hip-hop' while promoting the release of 1995's Jackpot Goalie.
'London Tonight/Eat My Goal' was a sizeable UK hit in 1996."
Well, a potted history at least....a bit all over the shop but hey-ho!
And, recently (December 2004), found this on a Harlow website:
COLLAPSED LUNG - 'Eat My Goal' popstars - so cool they blew out Top of the Pops... Doh! Guitarist now found near the helm of the Square. NIHAL - Sony award winning Radio One DJ/TV hiphop pundit. Previously in Collapsed Lung and even earlier found Graffitting Harlow's underpasses & winning all freestyle rap jams ever.
Found this on the Elastica Website:
September 12 1993 : Gig with Collapsed Lung, Tiny Monroe and Credit to the Nation for "In the City" week in Manchester