Say It’s Your Birthday: Catherine Wheel’s Rob Dickinson

Today is the birthday of Rob Dickinson, the lead singer with Catherine
Wheel, an updated heavy metal outfit named after an ancient implement of
torture, much like Iron Maiden–a band that featured Rob’s cousin Bruce on
vocals. Consisting of Dickinson, guitarist Brian Futter, bassist Dave
Hawes, and drummer Neil Sims, Catherine Wheel was formed in the seaside
town of Yarmouth England in 1990, The gruesome torture device that they
named themselves after dates back to the fourth century St. Catherine–but
that’s all they’ll say on the matter. They are one of the few bands that
have garnered American success in the post-grunge eras, and recently
released their third album, inexplicably titled Happy Days. They come
with impeccable credentials (notwithstanding the
Bruce Dickinson connection) having hired Gil Norton (Pixies, Echo & The
Bunnymen) to produce their last outing. Like a number of albums released in
’94 and ’95,
Catherine Wheel also stuck a tribute to Cobain on the record. It’s titled
“Hole.” The story behind the track is that they were in the seventh day of
pre-production, and that was the day Kurt took his life. The song
chronicles the band’s reaction to the tragedy. It’s also the birthday of
Tim Kellitt (Simply Red), Martin Gore(Depeche Mode) and Sam Walters (Color
Me Badd).