History

Below is a brief biography of My Legendary Girlfriend.

Early days

My Legendary Girlfriend started in Paisley, Renfrewshire in 1996, when frontman Paul McGazz spent his student loan on a sampler. After a few abortive rehearsals, things started to come together in 1997, with the first demo and gig at the end of the year. The band proceeded to gig around central Scotland, with the original line-up of McGazz (vocals/machines), Neil Dawson (guitar) and Enzo Menoni (bass) supplemented by the addition of Jenny Wan (keyboards) in 1999.

The same year, the band made their first appearance on record (on the compilation CD "Abuse Your Friends 2"), and released their first single, the 4-song 7-inch "Creosound" EP, through London-based indie Short Fuse Records. A second EP, "Unfashionably Hi-fi" was recorded in 2000, and belatedly released in 2001 (gaining MLG's first Radio One airplay).

MLG proper

Neil left at the end of 2000 and was replaced by Chris Elkin, the band also adding drummer Jamie Hoste to the lineup. When Jamie had to drop out due to other commitments a few months later, Allen Johnston took his place. Vocalist Lisa Harkins joined at the same time, staying for most of the year, and playing a major part in the writing of the band's next EP "Family Four Tunes" (the first to be released on their own Press Hat & Cigar label). After Lisa's departure, the lineup remained constant from December 2001 until MLG's final gig in October 2005.

In 2002, the band released "You Can't Hear Me Anyway", a CD compilation of all their recorded material to date, and played a series of higher-profile gigs, including a 'residency' at Glasgow's 13th Note, a show in London and an all-day art event at Glasgow's Nice 'n' Sleazy. The latter was organised by fellow Glasgow band Dogs Die In Hot Cars (the first of three occasions when they would gig together). MLG also played one of their weirder gigs that October, in a friend's front room at a flatwarming party.

2003 saw MLG release an album length CD of new songs, "Gross Domestic Product", recorded almost entirely at home. The band gigged more frequently around this time, including a second appearance at the heats stage of DF Concerts' "T-Break" in May (they had previously played the event in 2001), and 'Tolmiefields' – a festival in a friend’s back garden. In October, they supported the now-signed Dogs Die In Hot Cars at the Glasgow Barfly. A CD of remixes, "GDP:RMX", with contributions from Germlin and The Electroluvs, among others, came out at the end of that year.

In February 2004, MLG played their biggest gig, supporting The Fall and John Cooper Clarke at Glasgow’s Renfrew Ferry. They then recorded another album at home, "The Wrong End Of A Telescope". In October, shortly after finishing the album, McGazz's impending relocation from Scotland led the band to split, rather than carry on with a new frontman.

Post split

On splitting up, the band said this: "We had a fantastic time being MLG – we always did exactly what we wanted to do, and somehow both got away with it and outlasted our detractors. We were never a huge commercial success, but we weren't really trying to be, and we reckon that we got about as big as we could". MLG reconvened one final time in 2005, at the 13th Note (their 26th appearance there), with a recording of the gig being made available online shortly afterwards.

A MySpace page appeared in 2006, with some mp3s and photos, and this site went live in 2007. These days, MLG's ex-members are involved in various musical and non-musical projects, with McGazz recording his own weird and wonderful music and putting it online for free.

Returning by popular demand: find out which member of MLG you are, with this mildly amusing test...

If you have any questions about the band or this site, please email McGazz.