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 Dickinson on vocals). Consisting of Rob 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. They come
with impeccable credentials (notwithstanding the Bruce Dickinson connection)
having hired Gil Norton (Pixies, Echo & The Bunnymen) to produce their last
outing, Happy Days. Like a number of artists who released albums in '94
and '95, Catherine Wheel also stuck a tribute to Cobain on their album titled
"Hole." The story behind the track is that they were in the seventh day of
pre-production when Cobain took his life. The song chronicles the band's
reaction to the tragedy. The group has a new album due out shortly.