Tom Hingley was the lead singer of the Inspiral Carpets during the band’s years of commercial success between 1989 - 1995 and again from 2003 - 2011 he remains the voice behind such classics as “Saturn 5”, “Find Out Why”, “Two Worlds Collide” and “This Is How It Feels” before being unceremoniously sacked and replaced in 2011 bringing an abrupt end to nearly 2 decades of the “classic” inspiral lineup.

Today Tom fronts the amazing tribute band “The Kar-Pets” along with his own “The Tom Hingley Band” playing classic Inspiral tunes along with superb songs from his own critically acclaimed “Keep Britain Untidy” album and beyond.

We briefly spoke to Tom about what he’s been up to:

So you're not with the Inspiral Carpets anymore, what happened?

You need to read my book Carpet Burns (Route Publishing) to learn about my parting with the band.

Do you feel the band should even be called the Inspiral Carpets anymore?

No comment.

inspiral carpetsDid you personally ever identify with the whole “Britpop” movement?  

It was after the most commercially successful time for Inspirals but I enjoyed the records, it fed off the Manchester scene that came before.

What was your favourite Inspiral album to record?

LIFE it was recorded in a small studio called out of the blue produced by Nick Garside who produced Good Mother by James.

What record with the Inspirals are you most proud of?

All of them.

After the Carpets you formed “The Lovers” how did that come about?

There were two bands called the Lovers. The first one 1996 to 1998 had Jem Kelly from the Lotus Eaters in it and Paul Kehow who now plays for the Light with Peter Hook. The second band called the Lovers had Steve Hanley, Paul Hanley, and Jason Brown In it who now play with Brix Smith In the band the Extricated.

You’re currently playing solo / The TH Band & The Kar-Pets - which gives you most fulfilment?

They all fulfil me in different ways.

Do you still get recognised?

By people I owe money to.

InspiralsIs there ever a time you wished you’d gotten a normal 9-5 job?

I worked in a call centre for a couple of years after Inspirals called it a day the first time in 1995, to pay the mortgage.

What are you listening to currently?

Bloom by Beach House and False Advertising which has my niece Jennie Hingley in it.

Do you think music streaming helps or hurts artists?

Helps them because physical distribution was to costly for small bands to get their music heard all over the world.

Where can we see you next?

Check out tomhingley.co.uk

What is next for Tom Hingley?

Writing another book but I can’t tell you what it’s about.

What do you think about the current state of the music industry?

It’s the same as it ever was you have to work work work and that’s ok.

Vinyl or Streaming?

Everything.

Thank you Tom

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