Sneaker Pimps Singer Leaves Band

Sneaker Pimps' Kelli Dayton has left the band to pursue a solo career. The group, best known for such hits as "6 Underground" and "Spin Spin Sugar," is expected to soldier on without her.

Meanwhile, guitarist Chris Corner is filling in on vocals while he and keyboardist Liam Howe continue working on their new album in a London studio. Corner and Howe currently plan to release the record, which is due out in spring 1999, under the band's name.

The two remaining members and group co-founders have not announced whether they intend to hire a new singer to replace Dayton or invite a guest or series of guests to join them for the Pimps' upcoming album.

The Sneaker Pimps' label, Virgin Records, has already signed on to handle Dayton's solo record, although the label hasn't set a release date for her album.