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Spacehog are an alternative rock band which formed in New York City, New York, United States in 1994. The group comprised Royston Langdon (vocals, bass), Antony Langdon (guitar, vocals), Richard Steel (guitar), and Jonny Cragg (drums). Though all the band members hailed originally from Leeds, England, the band was formed in New York City in 1994 when Antony Langdon met Cragg by chance, in a café where Cragg had a job killing rats. Soon after, Langdon’s brother Royston joined the band, and Spacehog were born.

 

On October 24, 1995, Spacehog released their debut album Resident Alien, which spawned the singles “In the Meantime” and “Cruel to be Kind”. The band’s second album, The Chinese Album, was released on March 10, 1998. Though it did not sell as well as Resident Alien, the band’s popularity was increasing as Spacehog opened for popular acts like Pearl Jam and Supergrass. The Chinese Album featured a more “artsy” sound, with Pink Floyd-like piano on the opening track and Michael Stipe of R.E.M contributing vocals to the song “Almond Kisses”.

Though all the band members are from Leeds, West Yorkshire, the band was formed in New York City in 1994 when Antony Langdon met Cragg by chance in a café where Cragg had a job killing rats. Soon after, Langdon's brother Royston joined the band, and Spacehog was born. When the band's original guitarist left, Cragg called his friend Richard Steel to join. The band signed in 1994 with Seymour Stein to Sire Records.

On 24 October 1995, Spacehog released its first album, Resident Alien. It went gold on the Billboard charts, selling over 500,000 copies and spawned the hit single and video "In the Meantime" as well as the single "Cruel To Be Kind". "In the Meantime" received heavy video and radio play, and was used as background music to BBC's Match of the Day football programme. The band performed the song on Channel 4's TFI Friday in 1996. The band's second album, The Chinese Album, was released on 10 March 1998. Though it did not sell as well as Resident Alien, the band's popularity continued to increase as Spacehog opened for more popular acts such as Pearl Jam and Supergrass. The Chinese Album had a more "artsy" sound, with the Pink Floyd-like piano on the opening track and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. contributing vocals to the song "Almond Kisses".

After the band was dropped by Elektra Records, Spacehog signed with the upstart label Artemis Records and released its third album, The Hogyssey, on 10 April 2001. The album continued the band's neo-glam approach and included the singles "I Want to Live" and "At Least I Got Laid", as well as a funk version of Richard Strauss's "Also sprach Zarathustra". The band joined The Black Crowes and Oasis on the Tour of Brotherly Love in support of the album, which proved to be the band's final major tour for several years.

Royston Langdon and American actress Liv Tyler became engaged in February 2001, and married in Barbados on March 25, 2003.In December 2004, she gave birth to their son, Milo William Langdon. On May 8, 2008, the couple confirmed through representatives that they would be separating but remain friends.

"In the Meantime" received heavy video and radio play, and featured as background music to BBC's Match of the Day football programme.
Royston, Antony and Christian Langdon then pooled their resources to form Arckid. By June 2006, they had recorded eight songs with Bryce Goggin at Trout Studios in Brooklyn. Johnny Cragg, now sporting a moustache, joined The Twenty-Twos as their drummer post-Spacehog, but has since rejoined the Langdon brothers in Arckid.

Antony, Royston, and Christian Langdon then pooled their resources to form Arckid. By June 2006, they had recorded eight songs with Bryce Goggin at Trout Studios in Brooklyn. Jonny Cragg, now sporting a moustache, joined The Twenty-Twos as their drummer post-Spacehog, but has since rejoined the Langdon brothers in Arckid.

 

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