Living in a Box

Living in a Box

infobox musical artist
Name = Living in a Box

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Background = group_or_band
Origin = Sheffield, England
Genre = Pop music
Years_active = 1985–1990
Label = Chrysalis Records
Current_members = Richard Darbyshire
Marcus Vere
Anthony Critchlow
Past_members =

Living in a Box was a British pop band from the 1980s and early 1990s. They are perhaps best known for their eponymous debut single, produced by Richard James Burgess.


Living in a Box were formed in 1985 in Sheffield, rising from the ashes of Typhoon Saturday. Their most commercially successful single, "Living in a Box", peaked at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, and was the band's only single to chart in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.. They enjoyed more success in their home country, releasing their self-titled debut album in 1987 and a follow-up album, "Gatecrashing", in 1989, which went on to generate two further UK Top Ten hits, "Blow The House Down" (#10) and "Room In Your Heart" (#5). Artistic differences, as well as changes to their record label Chrysalis, caused the band to break up in 1990 before their third LP could be released.

Lead vocalist Richard Darbyshire continued his long-standing music career, and went on to enjoy modest success as a solo artist, writing songs for artists such as Lisa Stansfield, as well as releasing two solo albums. These were "How Many Angels" (1994) and "Love Will Provide" (1999), which came as a reissue of "How Many Angels", and included several new and unreleased tracks.

The song "Living in a Box" was later covered by Bobby Womack, who had also worked with Living in a Box on their debut album.

Group members

*Richard Darbyshire (born 8 March 1960, Stockport, Cheshire, England) - Vocals, Guitar
*Marcus Vere - (born 29 January 1962) - Synthesizers
*Anthony Critchlow - Drums


Brian May from Queen played guitar on the single, "Blow The House Down".



* "Living In A Box" (1987) UK #5, U.S. #17
* "Scales Of Justice" (1987) UK #30
* "So The Story Goes" (1987) - featuring Bobby Womack - UK #34, U.S.#81
* "Love Is The Art" (1988) UK #45
* "Blow The House Down" (1989) UK #10
* "Gatecrashing" (1989) UK #36
* "Room In Your Heart" (1989) UK #5
* "Different Air" (1989) UK #57
* *Bed Of Roses" (1989), Japan release onlycite book
first= David
last= Roberts
year= 2006
title= British Hit Singles & Albums
edition= 19th
publisher= Guinness World Records Limited
location= London
pages= p. 325
id= ISBN 1-904994-10-5


* "Living in a Box" (1987) UK #25
* "Gatecrashing" (1989) UK #21


External links

* [ Living In A Box official website]
* [ Richard Darbyshire official website]
* [ Living In A Box official Youtube channel]
* [ entry]
* [ Living in a Box biography and discography] at Allmusic website

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