Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants have recently reformed after a momentary hiatus whilst Hugh worked in China. Since his return to Glasgow, the band have been busy recording new material and hitting the live scene supporting The Alabama 3, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 as well as selling out their own shows throughout the central belt of Scotland.
Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants have a long musical career having toured and supported bands such as The Fall, Half Man Half Biscuit, Mogwai, Simple Minds and Belle and Sebastian as well as many others.
Following local TV appearances The Velvet Underpants were invited by Deborah Harry of the band ‘Blondie’ to support her on 11 dates throughout Britain. This culminated in Hugh and Debs doing a live duet of Waiting for the Man, where rare footage recently surfaced on YouTube. It wasn't just a rumour that Deborah also faxed Lou Reed to tell him about Hugh!
Hugh’s debut album, Take a Walk on the Clydeside was released in 1996 receiving a lot of radio play not just in UK but also throughout Europe, America and Canada. After the successful release of the single, Six To Wan, it was selected for the compilation album, "The Power Of Scotland Vol 1" which was released on Abbeymill Records. Whilst living in Beijing, Hugh Reed recorded and released his second album, ‘Ni fa feng le ma?’ (R U Crazy? - in Chinese).
Hugh describes himself as ‘multi talentless’ and was auditioned and chosen for a cameo role in the coolest film of the nineties, Trainspotting - More recently he acted in the Jackie Chan movie ’12 Zodiacs’ as a butler and has also appeared many times on CCTV - Chinese TV in many acting roles.
Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants have toured extensively throughout the UK, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium and Ireland. In 2003 they performed at the Roskilde Festival, Denmark on the same bill as Metallica, Bjork and Queens of the Stone Age.
Currently, they're preparing for the Scottish Festival circuit and working on new material with a new music video to be released soon.
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