Christopher Russell Edward Squire (born the March 4th 1948), more known under the name of Chris Squire , is the bass player founder of the progressive rock group Yes, in which it is also second voice. Yes carried out its 1st album in 1969 and although the group knew many change of personnel, Squire remains the only member of origin of the group not to have left it.
BiographyBorn in Kingsbury, suburbs of the North-East of London, in England, it sang child in the choral society of the local church. In 1964, it was returned school because of its long hair. One summoned it to cut them. It returned at his place, and turned over never again to the school.
In the years 1960, Squire tried out the LSD much, until a bad trip. It remembers to have spent the months in the apartment of his boyfriend, incompetent to leave it, and it is at that time that it learned how to play of low. He cures of his trip and the Jura not to take more of acid.
The play of Squire is known to be aggressive, dynamic and melody. Its principal instrument is low of mark Rickenbacker 4001, qu' it imported of the United States in 1965; it was the fourth low one of this type to being imported into Great Britain. Squire told an anecdote on its low: little time before integrating Yes, at the end of the Sixties, Squire had stuck stickers in the shape of flowers, very in vogue at the time, on its instrument. Wearied decoration, it brings it at a repairer to Soho which decides to entirely pickle it. Being some reduced considerably, its low has a single sound, different from the models of origin.
Chris Squire was also one of the first bass players of rock'n'roll in the world to be used for low the effects of the guitar like the tremor or the pedal wah-wah. Its voice, binding harmoniously with that of Anderson, is also a key component of the vocal identity of Yes.
The influences of Squire are varied, energy of the music of church to the groups of Liverpool of beginning of the year 60. Squire formed part at its beginnings of several groups like The Selfs, The Syn, and later of Mabel Greer' S Toyshop which will enable him to meet its assistants of Yes Peter Banks, Andrew Jackman and Jon Anderson. Squire to date published one album solo: Fish Out off Toilets , appeared in 1975. One finds on this album Bill Bruford with the battery, Patrick Moraz and Andrew Jackman with the keyboards. Squire was also member of XYZ (eX-Yes/Zeppelin) in 1981, a group made up of Alan White, beater of Yes, and Jimmy Page, guitarist of Led Zeppelin. XYZ recorded several demonstration in the personal studio of Squire but does not produce anything official. However two of these demonstration provided the bases of two later pieces of Yes, " Mind Drive" and " Does Can You Imagine? ". Squire played also a big role while making contribute the guitarist Trevor Rabin to the Cinema group, which became the formation of the album 90125 . From the last formation of Yes was born a solid friendship between Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood, young guitarist. Together, they founded a group called Conspiracy which left an album éponyme in a 2000 then album in 2002 heading The Unknown , which treats in a metaphorical way of the events of September 11th. It then integrated in 2003 the reformation of The Syn , its first group. Since May 2006, Chris Squire left The Syn and is officially without group.
On its official site, it is announced that Chris Squire currently works on a new album solo which should appear from here the end of the year 2007. Chris Squire is called Fish (Poisson) for several reasons, first of all because of its astrological sign; born one March 4th, it is thus sign of Poisson. By taking a shower, it also accidentally flooded a hotel room in Oslo in Norway at the time of the first round of the group, Bill Bruford would have given him this nickname. And finally, it had the reputation to spend much time in the bath-tub. This nickname off finds in the title of its album solo Fish Out Toilets (the fish out of water, i.e. Squire apart from Yes) and in a basic solo on the album Fragile entitled " The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) ".
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