The High (1989 – 1993)

The band was formed in 1989 by singer John Matthews, along with Andy Couzens (formerly of The Stone Roses and pre-Roses bands The Patrol and Waterfront), Simon Davies (bass), and drummer Chris Goodwin (formerly of Inspiral Carpets).

They were signed by London Records and had three minor UK Singles Chart hits in 1990 before breaking into the top 30 in 1991 with a revamped version of their debut single, the Martin Hannett-produced “Box Set Go”.

The band’s debut album, Somewhere Soon, peaked at number 59 in the UK Album Chart, and with the Madchester scene losing favour with the critics, the band’s later releases failed to chart.

The band split up in 1993.

Band lineup

  • John Matthews (born 23 Sep 1967) – Vocals
  • Andy Couzens (born 15 Jul 1965) – Guitar
  • Simon Davies (born 24 Jan 1967) – Bass
  • Chris Goodwin (born 10 Aug 65) – Drums