Finley Quaye: C/D?

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Bizarro indie-reggae maverick - OR - poor man's Wyclef?

Mr Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 16 September 2002 13:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Does Chris from Menswe@r still play guitar for Mr Quaye? -dud-

kinski (kinski), Monday, 16 September 2002 15:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I remember a review claiming that his second album was better than Spiritualized -- but then again, this was talking about the most recent Spz album, so this could well be valid. I actually still need to listen to Mr. Quaye's stuff in full, I have both his albums lurking around somewhere.

Amusingly dud -- his attempts to pass himself off as Tricky's cousin or uncle or something.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 16 September 2002 15:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

First album - Classic
Second album - Dud

dek1, Monday, 16 September 2002 16:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dud all around. Shockingly little potential shown, then not even lived up to.

teeny (teeny), Monday, 16 September 2002 17:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

dud. and by all accounts everyone at his label wanted the 2nd lp to flop cos he was a complet and utter cock who would berate his tour manager in front of a room full of people because he'd been brought to the venue while his backing band were still soundchecking.

simon 803 (simon 803), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 00:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

guy called gerald's "finley's rainbow": undeniable classic.

jess (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 01:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Finley Quaye's "Spiritualized" was ok, ironically enough. I always secretly hoped Jason Spaceman would respond in kind...

Charlie (Charlie), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 01:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"The great new hope of British reggae" & his first single is....a rockified (sorry) Bob Marley cover. Like Oasis covering the Beatles - pointless, dull, demeaning

bham, Tuesday, 17 September 2002 09:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Finley's Rainbow. Classic.
Finley. Dud.

Rick, Tuesday, 17 September 2002 10:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Timo Maas & Finley Quaye "Caravan"- Under-rated and possibly unheard by many collaboration. His 2nd album flopped mainly, I think, because he didn't do much in the way of promotion for it- only a handful of live shows.

tacit, Tuesday, 17 September 2002 11:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Lacklustre and swimming in the shallow end of try-hardery, Quaye's problem is that he isn't actually very good at anything; a shockingly simple oversight on behalf of both him and his record company, that sprang to light sharply when the rose-tinted nostalgia that inexplicably surrounded his first record wore off and the press discovered he smelt funny. Dud.

Roger Fascist (Roger Fascist), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 12:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

His 2nd album flopped mainly, I think, because he didn't do much in the way of promotion for it- only a handful of live shows.

see my above post. the reason for so little promotion was that he was so brutally rude to everyone he worked with that almost everyone at his label decided that they were doing absolutely no work on his second album.

I thik it's called karma?

simon 803 (simon 803), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 18:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
i'm bringing this back for two reasons

1) i want to know whether if it was ever really proved that Finley was/wasnt Tricky's Uncle (the claim was based on the fact that Tricky's mother's name was Quaye, as in Maxine Quaye but whether that was her maiden name or her name from re-marrying i'm not sure - Tricky's real name is Adrian Hoares I believe? confusing!)

2) I'm listening to 'Maverick A Strike' for the first time in about 3 years and I have to say most of it is still fucking brilliant, especially 'Supreme I Preme', 'Its Great When We're Together', 'The Way Of The Explosive' and all the other lesser know supposed 'filler' tracks...didnt much of the Timo Maas track tho but will persist

stevem (blueski), Friday, 13 December 2002 17:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

1) i want to know whether if it was ever really proved that Finley was/wasnt Tricky's Uncle (the claim was based on the fact that Tricky's mother's name was Quaye, as in Maxine Quaye but whether that was her maiden name or her name from re-marrying i'm not sure - Tricky's real name is Adrian Hoares I believe? confusing!)

tricky's real name is adrian Thaws, isn't it?
i also heard about the finley/maxine quaye relationship, and i gave it credit until i read this thread.
there's some brilliant songs on the first album i remember enjoying very much.

joan vich (joan vich), Friday, 13 December 2002 17:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

well it is/was plausible that he and Thaws (thanks joan) are related somehow so i dont see why was never proven otherwise was it? i can imagine Tricky denying it because of possible issues with his parents but thats pure speculation...and here come the lawyers right on cue :)

stevem (blueski), Friday, 13 December 2002 17:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think I remember him claiming to be Tricky's half-brother. I haven't heard a word about Finley Quaye for 3-4 years or so, maybe my memory is a bit foggy.

Bobby D Gray (bedhead), Saturday, 14 December 2002 05:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Listened to Maverick A Strike on Sunday morning (after having stolen it from Emma's CD dungeon of stuff she bought ages ago and doesn't care for anymore) and really enjoyed all of it, near enough. I also found the NME review of Vanguard - Steve Sutherland giving it 9 and claiming it was the future of music, or something, cos it had nonsense lyrics and reggae rhythms and folk melodies, or something.

But certainly, several of the tracks on maverick I found really really good, the production sharp and clear and the rhythms nice and fat and head-nodding. Is Finley an "insufferable cunt"? Is he talented or did he fluke a decent album?

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Monday, 17 February 2003 09:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

Reggae star Finley Quaye has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a woman in an allegedly racially aggravated attack in Edinburgh.

Quaye denies repeatedly spitting on Jobely Flores' face and striking her on the head to her injury in Leith Walk on 8 October 2011.

Mr Quaye was not at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday. His lawyer entered his not guilty plea.

A trial date was set for 24 August 2012.

Quaye, who now lives in London, was born in Edinburgh in March 1974 and won a MOBO for best reggae act in 1997.

He also won a Brit Award for Best Male Solo Artist the following year after securing two top 20 hits from his debut album Maverick A Strike.

His mum Sharon McGowan died when he was aged 10 and his father Cab Kaye was a jazz musician.

Quaye has worked with other musicians such as Iggy Pop, Primal Scream and West Indian musical legend Lee Scratch Perry.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:40 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Finley Quaye, who rose to fame because of a series of reggae-tinted britpop hits in the 90s’ has taken to his Facebook page to inform the world that he is having a hard time being homeless. Quaye has been homeless for 8 years and has suffered tremendously as a result. Here’s what he had to say:

Ok people I am in my 8th consecutive year of being homeless I have lost 2/5 of my body muscle mass in the last few years I am now at my all time weakest. I am literally skin and bone now, bones protruding . Any music loving Finley Quaye fans in London let me know if you can help I am willing to rent obviously, cant buy but I can rent. This isnt a new thing I have been homeless between the ages of 16 and 40, so many times. I have 22 teeth left at 40 years of age and unable to sing or smile and have been unable to smile for the past 10 years and unable to afford treatment. Have been drug and alcohol free for 90% of the past 10 years, in recovery since 2000. I am actually disintegrating, the last few years have been the worse and things have gotten harder, there are far less resources, prices have gotten higher and people have gotten meaner and less sympathetic, so it’s really tough.. often made to walk up to 25 miles a day every day. I went through hell in Berlin starving all the time lost so much weight there too, homeless, starved and nearly froze to death in Wales in 2006/7, people would observe but do nothing, I beseech you not to ignore me now. Please email me at finleyquayemu✧✧✧@gm✧✧✧.c✧✧ if interested or if you know anybody interested in helping.

ambient yacht god (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:07 (three years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

think the promoter was way out of line there btw - sounds like a fairly dire performance but surely the audience could decide for themselves whether or not to sit through it.

feargal czukay (NickB), Tuesday, 14 July 2015 09:42 (two years ago) Permalink

promoter comes across as a total douche but he sounds a bit worked up so maybe he'd had a bad day

This is for my new ringpiece, so please only serious answers (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 July 2015 09:43 (two years ago) Permalink

I did wonder, there are bad performances, there are dull performances, and there's no unanimosity as to what either are.

Mark G, Wednesday, 15 July 2015 14:36 (two years ago) Permalink

I heard similar horror stories about his Nottingham show, not long ago. Late, off his face, barely able/willing to perform, mass walkouts, Internet outrage from hacked off punters.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:12 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

but it is hilarious

harold melvin and the bluetones (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 30 November 2016 18:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

not his first assault either? I kinda want to feel sorry for him and the way his later years have been presented in the media as "lol remember him look what he's up to now!" but it's hard when he seems like a bit of a scumbag.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 30 November 2016 20:06 (eleven months ago) Permalink

This fucking horrible. Can only hope the reason is mental health issues, rather than simply being a cunt

PaulTMA, Thursday, 1 December 2016 16:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The 2 can coexist

brex yourself before you wrex yourself (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 1 December 2016 16:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

So because there was an element of racial abuse it's *racially aggravated* assault (rather than just assault) even though it wasn't him doing the racial abusing? That seems.. odd. Possibly just bad reporting.

Noel Emits, Thursday, 1 December 2016 16:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Is it wrong to be more interested in knowing what pub he was drinking in?

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Thursday, 1 December 2016 18:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink


brex yourself before you wrex yourself (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 1 December 2016 18:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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