Partly the dance side-project of Soft Cell member Dave Ball, and partly a groundbreaking trance duo, The Grid have four albums to their name and a whole heap of remixes.
You’ll probably remember Texas Cowboys, Swamp Thing, or maybe even Rollercoaster from the Evolver album. After two relatively low key albums, somehow the third contained pretty much non-stop hits.
Where to start
There’s a comprehensive singles compilation in the shape of Music for Dancing (1995), which is definitely the best place to start.
What to buy
Evolver (1994) is their truly essential album. Follow that up with the debut Electric Head (1990), and then the second album 456 (1992), and you’ll have a pretty solid selection of early 1990s dance pop.
Don’t bother with
The 2008 comeback Doppelgänger is entirely forgettable, and the singles are probably for completists only.
Bob Kraushaar‘s single version of A Beat Called Love is brilliant, if you can find a copy.
- Various Artists – Electrospective (The Remix Album) – includes Crystal Clear (December 2013)
- The BRIT Awards 1995 – nomination for Best British Single (January 2014)