SAFFRON SPRACKLING

TIM DORNEY

 JONNY GLUE 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 Saffron Sprackling was originally signed to Warner Brothers Records as a solo artist and Warner Chappell as a songwriter. It was later decided after a meeting with De-construction Records that Saffron should form a band, She met Tim Dorney & Andy Todd and in 1994, Republica were formed. Shortly afterwards, Guitarist Johnny Male joined the line up.

The Nigerian-born Saffron Sprackling was an actress at one point, performing in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End Musical 'Starlight Express' in London, Japan & Australia and also playing the part of Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show.

Saffron has also appeared in music video's for artists such as Chesney Hawkes - 'The One and Only' - N-Joi - 'Mindflux' - Siouxsie and The Banshees - 'Stargazer' as well as Belinda Carlisle's video for La Luna

Republica released the first single "Out of This World" in 1994, followed by the single "Bloke" in January 1995.

Their debut album Republica was released in July 1996 and reached No. 4 in the charts. Their signature single "Ready to Go" with two different music videos peaked at No. 13 in the UK Singles Chart.  The band were on a 65 Date tour of America and the track became the most played track across the US after being played over 29,000 times. It has become an anthem for all types of sporting events and it has also been used in several TV Commercials.

  The fourth single "Drop Dead Gorgeous" ranked No. 7 in the UK singles chart. In the height of their success, Republica had entered the charts in several countries and topped the chart twice in Mexico.

The group attracted positive press coverage. Emerging after a wave of female-fronted rock bands (such as Elastica, Lush, Sleeper, & Echobelly they had, like Garbage, a notably more aggressive and electronic sound.

In 1997 Saffron performed vocals for The Prodigy's "Fuel My Fire" from their album The Fat of the Land.

The second album, Speed Ballads, was released in 1998 and reached No. 37 in UK Albums Chart. Its lead single, "From Rush Hour With Love", peaked at No. 20 in UK Singles Chart.

Their record label, De-construction Records, folded shortly after the release of Speed Ballads. De-construction's back catalogue was swallowed up by BMG and Speed Ballads was never released in the United States. In 2001 the band went on hiatus. On their official site it was posted the message "Republica are not recording at this time".  In 2002 BMG released the compilation Ready to Go: The Best Of against the band's wishes. Sony Records currently hold all the rights to the bands back catalogue.

After that, Saffron worked with The Cure, appearing on the single "Just Say Yes" from their Greatest Hits album. She also collaborated with Junkie XL for his 2003 album Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin

One of the tracks taken from the album featuring Saffron 'Beauty Never Fades' reached number 1 in the dance charts and was used in the films The Animatrix and A Scanner Darkly starring Keanu Reeves.

Tim Dorney's Projects include Greedy Soul. The band was formed in 2001 by Tim and Liam Maher who was the singer of the band Flowered Up who had a hit in 1992 with Weekender.  Flowered Up broke up in 1993.

Greedy Soul signed to Alan McGee's Poptones label though no finished works ever got released for various non musical reasons though the demos for the album are on their Soundcloud page. Other members were our old friend Shovel (Natural Life, M People) on percussion, Ed Ball on bass & Jonny Male from Republica on guitar duties. It was quite shortlived as Liam (now dead RIP) and the manager got a bit out of control and ended up falling out. Sadly, it wasn't finished properly but as Tim proudly boasts, 'there's a few gooduns in the demos, Jagz Kooner's mix of our track Greedy Soul is great'. They did versions of a couple of them in a later Flowered Up reunion in 2005 but that proved to be even shorter lived than Greedy Soul.

Interview with Tim Dorney on The Donkaster Electronische Freundschaft Show 9/6/14

In September 2008 Republica reunited at Windsor at a Contra Mundum concert. They played "Ready to Go", "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and a cover of "You Got the Love".

In early 2010, pictures appeared on the band's official Facebook page showing the band rehearsing in a studio.

In the same year Republica performed a string of gigs.  They also issued a remixed version of "Ready to Go" entitled "Ready to Go 2010". In June 2010 the remix was released and reached No. 1 on the Upfront Club chart. The track has been produced by Andy Gray and Alan Moulder.

In October 2010 the band performed a comeback gig at O2 Academy Islington followed by several dates in Eastern Europe and the Middle East in 2011. They performed at GuilFest in July 2012.

The band released a stunning EP in April 2013 titled Christiana Obey and they also recorded a session for Brentwood radio station Phoenix FM in April 2013.

The band have just completed a 20th anniversary tour with the band Space. Check out some of their tour photos HERE

Republica are currently working on new material. Check out one of the new tracks 'Hallelujah' below.

DISCOGRAPHY

SINGLES

1994 - OUT OF THIS WORLD 1995 - BLOKE 1995 - HOLLY

1996 - READY TO GO 1997 - DROP DEAD GORGEOUS

1998 - FROM RUSH HOUR WITH LOVE

1998 - TRY EVERYTHING 2013 - CHRISTIANA OBEY

2014 - CRYSTAL LAKE ft REPUBLICA - READY TO GO


ALBUMS

1996 - REPUBLICA 1998 - SPEED BALLADS 2002 - READY TO GO (THE BEST OF)

2013 - LIVE AT THE ASTORIA

 

SAFFRON - SOLO SINGLES

1992 - ONE LOVE 1993 - CIRCLES 1993 - WORLD OF YOU