Badly Drawn Boy

~ Person

Legal name: Damon Gough


Damon Michael Gough (born 2 October 1969, in Dunstable, Bedfordshire), known by the stage name Badly Drawn Boy, is an English indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Gough chose his stage name from the title character in the show Sam and his Magic Ball, which he saw on TV at a party in Trafford, Manchester, in 1995. Before he thought of using this name he made some business cards, each one unique, with a printed picture of a drawing by his nephew and a small collage by Gough. This was then laminated and given out to friends and people at clubs in Blackburn and Manchester.

A chance meeting with Andy Votel at the Generation X bar in Manchester, where Gough's friends Scott Abraham and Damon Hayhurst were contributing to an exhibition by the Space Monkey Clothing Company and Votel was DJing, led to the foundation of Twisted Nerve Records. Badly Drawn Boy's first 7-inch single, "EP1", was pressed the following year to critical acclaim, although only 500 copies were made.

In 2002, Q magazine named Badly Drawn Boy in their list of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die", although this was as part of a sub-list of "5 Bands That Could Go Either Way" on account of Gough's tendency to talk and tell stories for extended periods in concert rather than play songs.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 The Hour of Bewilderbeast Badly Drawn Boy 4 3
2002 Have You Fed the Fish? Badly Drawn Boy 6
2004 One Plus One Is One Badly Drawn Boy 2
2006 Born in the U.K. Badly Drawn Boy 2
2010 It’s What I’m Thinking, Part One: Photographing Snowflakes Badly Drawn Boy 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 How Did I Get Here? Badly Drawn Boy 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 The Official Bootleg Live @ Glastonbury Badly Drawn Boy 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 About a Boy Badly Drawn Boy 2
2009 Is There Nothing We Could Do? Badly Drawn Boy 1
2012 Being Flynn Badly Drawn Boy 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Once Around the Block Badly Drawn Boy 4
2000 Another Pearl Badly Drawn Boy 3
2000 Disillusion Badly Drawn Boy 3
2001 Pissin in the Wind Badly Drawn Boy 2
2002 Silent Sigh Badly Drawn Boy 4
2002 Something to Talk About Badly Drawn Boy 3
2002 You Were Right Badly Drawn Boy 2
2003 Born Again Badly Drawn Boy 1
2003 All Possibilities Badly Drawn Boy 1
2004 Year of the Rat Badly Drawn Boy 1
2006 Nothing's Gonna Change Your Mind Badly Drawn Boy 1
2007 A Journey From A to B Badly Drawn Boy 1
2007 Promises Badly Drawn Boy 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 EP1 Badly Drawn Boy 1
1998 EP2 Badly Drawn Boy 1
1998 EP3 Badly Drawn Boy 1
1999 It Came From the Ground Badly Drawn Boy 2
2001 Pissing in the Wind Badly Drawn Boy 1
2010 You Lied (Lies and Manipulation) Seahawks vs Badly Drawn Boy 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Road Movie Badly Drawn Boy 1

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