David Brown – Rhythm
Guitar. Harmonica. Vocals.
David wrote his first song (The
Paperboy’s Lament) at fourteen with Glen Reid and
ended up performing it on TV on a BBC programme called
Parents and Children.
His fourteen minutes of fame
over, he spent the next fifteen years or so as a bedroom
busker, until he was encouraged by his friend George Smith
(The Fans, George and the Dragons), to write his second
song (More Money).
Together, Smith and Brown began
to write for George’s main project at the time, The
Trainspotters and several of their early songs made it
on to the BBC Radio 2 play list (albeit at about 3 in the
Eventually, David joined the
line-up of The Trainspotters and enjoyed a couple of years
playing harp and singing to enthusiastic audiences around
Bristol, until George relocated to France and the band
Without his long-term writing
partner, David found himself in the unfamiliar position
of having to come up with both halves of songs on his own.
The fruits of this new hermaphrodite existence appeared
on the 1999 album Shopping Trolley Full of Dreams, recorded
at a fledgling Lakeside Studios with Dave Lewis, Guy Prichard
and Tim Fish. Although he used his own name on the cover,
this is often viewed as the very first Shrinks album.