Razorlight’s 2004 debut Up All Night and their self-titled second album from 2006 have been repressed on 180-g heavyweight vinyl and are now available through UMC/Mercury.
Led by the charismatic Johnny Borrell, the much-lauded outfit burst out of the Camden, London indie scene back in 2004. Released through Vertigo in June that same year, their widely-acclaimed debut Up All Night shot to No. 3 in the UK Top 40 on the back of Top 20 hit singles ‘Golden Touch’, ‘Vice’ and ‘Somewhere Else’; the latter track originally a non-album single which was added to the reissued Up All Night in 2005.
Eventually going quadruple platinum in the UK, the runaway success of Up All Night established Razorlight as one of the mostly hotly-tipped bands of their generation and their eponymously-titled second album catapulted them into the mainstream.
Shooting straight to No. 1 in the UK on its release in July 2006, Razorlight – overseen by Sex Pistols/ Roxy Music producer Chris Thomas – spawned the band’s only UK No. 1 to date in the shape of their signature hit ‘America’, in addition to two further UK Top 20 hits courtesy of ‘Before I Fall To Pieces’ and ‘In The Morning’. Razorlight went on to sell over 1.5 million copies in the UK, where it went five times platinum.
Razorlight played some of the biggest shows of their career after the release of their second album, headlining the Reading and Leeds Festival in 2007 and also performing at the UK Leg of 2007’s huge Live Earth concert at London’s Wembley Stadium. They went on to release their third album, Slipway Fires, in 2008, but the band’s original line-up split in 2010 and the band went on a lengthy hiatus before they returned with a new line-up in September 2018, promising a new studio album, Olympus Sleeping.
Up All Night and Razorlight are out now and can be bought here.