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Spare Snare is a band from Dundee
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, Scotland
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Founded in the very early 90s the band have released 9 albums to date, mostly on their own Chute Records. They have also recorded 4 John Peel Sessions
John Peel
John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE , known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest-serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004...

. In the 1995 John Peel Festive 50, the band were number 32 with Bugs. Spare Snare have been cited as an influence on acts such as Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol
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 and the Fence Collective. Spare Snare was also voted as the 46th best Scottish band of all time,.

Spare Snare released their 9th album "Victor" in June 2010. The band made two rare live appearances at the Fence Collective Homegame festival in Anstruther and Tigerfest in Dunfermline in 2010. A live session was performed for the Marc Riley BBC 6Music radio show on 16 July 2009.


The members are:
  • Jan Burnett - vocals, guitar, electronics, melodica, hospitality, captain, social-skillz
  • Barry Gibson - drums, bass, guitar, atmosphere, jingle-jangle-bells, threats, short trews, flea/nit picking
  • Graeme Ogston - guitar, bass, ukulele, lapdance-steel, height, wine-glass-pings, disapproving frowns, snoring, dog grooming
  • Alan Cormack - bass, guitar, drums, ukulele, scowling, stink-squeezebox, 12-string-a-lings, casio, freaky dancing, ocarina, louder snoring, dog-napping
  • Adam Lockhart - guitar, keyboards, bass, voice, noise, voice-noises, height


  • Live at Home Released 1995 on Chute.
  • Disco Dancing Released 1995 on 100 Guitar Mania.
  • Westfield Lane Released 1996 on Wabana.
  • Animals and Me Released 1998 on Chute.
  • Love Your Early Stuff Released 1999 on Che.
  • Charm Released 2001 on Chute.
  • Learn to Play Released 2004 on Chute.
  • Garden Leave Released September 2006 on Chute.
  • I Love You, I Hate You Released June 2009 on Chute.
  • Victor Released June 2010 on Chute.

Singles and non-album songs

This table shows all songs released as singles, and other songs that do not appear on Spare Snare studio albums.
Song title B-Side Label Year Release info
"Super Slinky" "As a Matter of Fact" Chute 1992/1993 UK 7" with hand painted numbered sleeve. Original pressing of 110 had blue back print. Second pressing of 100 had red back print. Some copies included a 'Chute no wave' badge.
"Super Slinky" "As a Matter of Fact" Prospective 1993 U.S. 7" with hand numbered sleeve. Slightly different mix of "As a Matter of Fact" compared to the UK 7".
"Thorns (One)" "Shine on Now" Prospective 1994 U.S. 7" with two colour sleeve. The first recording of "Thorns", before the UK single.
"Thorns" "Skateboard Punk Rocker" Chute 1994 UK 7" with hand painted numbered sleeve. Pressed as an edition of 617 in three different coloured sleeves.
"I Got You
I Got You (Split Enz song)
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 Were Still Together" (Majesty Crush
Majesty crush
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Che 1995 UK 7" split with Majesty Crush released on numbered coloured (green / clear) vinyl. "I Got You" is a cover of the Split Enz
Split Enz
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"Bruising You" n/a Fierce Panda
Fierce Panda Records
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1995 Appears on Mortal Wombat, a UK 7" double pack compilation, featuring various artists, including Super Furry Animals
Super Furry Animals
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 and Baby Bird, among others.
"Smile, It's Sugar" (Spare Snare) "French Campus" (Sone) Anti-Social 1995 U.S. 7" split with Sone release with hand coloured umbrella, various colours and variations were available.
"Wired for Sound
Wired for Sound
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n/a Deceptive
Deceptive Records
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1995 UK one sided 7" featuring a cover version of the Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
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 song. "MERRY XMAS MR WEBB" is etched on side two. Available in a rubber stamped Christmas envelope as part of a series of Christmas singles on the Deceptive label. Around 200 copies were signed by Spare Snare and sent to their mailing list.
"Wired for Sound" "Bugs" Prospective 1996 U.S. 7" featuring live tracks recorded at Radio K, Minneapolis in 1994. "Wired for Sound" is not the Cliff Richard cover version, but a Spare Snare song originally featured on the 1995 album Live at Home.
"Smile, It's Sugar" "Indiekidsuck" / "Hanging Around" Deceptive 1996 UK cassette single with 30 minutes of blank tape, allowing the owner to send it back and get 30 minutes of "live stuff, chat and noise" recorded onto the tape. Single also available on 7" and CD.
"Smile, It's Sugar" "Indiekidsuck" / "Hanging Around" / "Boom Boom Boom" Deceptive 1996 UK 4 track CD, also available on 7" and cassette.
"Haircut" (Spare Snare) "Aye Aye Captain" (Lazer Boy) Chute 1996 UK 7" split with Lazer Boy, with hand painted rubber stamped sleeve.
"Boom Boom Boom (One)" (Spare Snare) "Away from the City" 100 Guitar Mania 1996 Japanese 7" in blue vinyl and numbered.
"Bruising You" "What You've Done" Third Gear 1998 U.S. 7" available on clear or black vinyl. Features a different version of "Bruising You" to that on the Mortal Wombat 7".
"Hard of Hearing" "Lesbians in Waistcoats" Lissy's 1998 UK 7" release.
"Everybody Knows That" "Say My Name
Say My Name
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Chute 2001 UK 7" featuring covers of The Humblebums and Destiny's Child
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"Calling in the Favours" "Launch" Bad Jazz 2001 UK 7" on white vinyl.
"Sort It for Afterwards" "In the City" Chute 2006 UK 7" on purple vinyl. 525 copies pressed.
"Riding (Bracken Mix)" (Spare Snare) "Lost" (And His Voice Became) Bracken 2006 UK 7" two-tone (blue and white) numbered coloured vinyl split single with And His Voice Became. Both songs exclusive to this release. Hand-made artwork on 90% re-cycled paper, 300 copies pressed.

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