Saffron Sprackling was originally signed to Warner Brothers Records as a solo artist and Warner Chappell as a songwriter. It was later decided after a meeting with De-construction Records that Saffron should form a band, She met Tim Dorney & Andy Todd and in 1994, Republica were formed. Shortly afterwards, Guitarist Johnny Male joined the line up.
The Nigerian-born Saffron Sprackling was an actress at one point, performing in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End Musical 'Starlight Express' in London, Japan & Australia and also playing the part of Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show.
Saffron has also appeared in music video's for artists such as Chesney Hawkes - 'The One and Only' - N-Joi - 'Mindflux' - Siouxsie and The Banshees - 'Stargazer' as well as Belinda Carlisle's video for La Luna
Their debut album Republica was released in July 1996 and reached No. 4 in the charts. Their signature single "Ready to Go" with two different music videos peaked at No. 13 in the UK Singles Chart. The band were on a 65 Date tour of America and the track became the most played track across the US after being played over 29,000 times. It has become an anthem for all types of sporting events and it has also been used in several TV Commercials.
The fourth single "Drop Dead Gorgeous" ranked No. 7 in the UK singles chart. In the height of their success, Republica had entered the charts in several countries and topped the chart twice in Mexico.
The group attracted positive press coverage. Emerging after a wave of female-fronted rock bands (such as Elastica, Lush, Sleeper, & Echobelly they had, like Garbage, a notably more aggressive and electronic sound.
Their record label, De-construction Records, folded shortly after the release of Speed Ballads. De-construction's back catalogue was swallowed up by BMG and Speed Ballads was never released in the United States. In 2001 the band went on hiatus. On their official site it was posted the message "Republica are not recording at this time". In 2002 BMG released the compilation Ready to Go: The Best Of against the band's wishes. Sony Records currently hold all the rights to the bands back catalogue.
After that, Saffron worked with The Cure, appearing on the single "Just Say Yes" from their Greatest Hits album. She also collaborated with Junkie XL for his 2003 album Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin.
Tim Dorney's Projects include Greedy Soul. The band was formed in 2001 by Tim and Liam Maher who was the singer of the band Flowered Up who had a hit in 1992 with Weekender. Flowered Up broke up in 1993.
Greedy Soul signed to Alan McGee's Poptones label though no finished works ever got released for various non musical reasons though the demos for the album are on their Soundcloud page. Other members were our old friend Shovel (Natural Life, M People) on percussion, Ed Ball on bass & Jonny Male from Republica on guitar duties. It was quite shortlived as Liam (now dead RIP) and the manager got a bit out of control and ended up falling out. Sadly, it wasn't finished properly but as Tim proudly boasts, 'there's a few gooduns in the demos, Jagz Kooner's mix of our track Greedy Soul is great'. They did versions of a couple of them in a later Flowered Up reunion in 2005 but that proved to be even shorter lived than Greedy Soul.
Interview with Tim Dorney on The Donkaster Electronische Freundschaft Show 9/6/14
In early 2010, pictures appeared on the band's official Facebook page showing the band rehearsing in a studio.
In the same year Republica performed a string of gigs. They also issued a remixed version of "Ready to Go" entitled "Ready to Go 2010". In June 2010 the remix was released and reached No. 1 on the Upfront Club chart. The track has been produced by Andy Gray and Alan Moulder.
Republica are currently working on new material. Check out one of the new tracks 'Hallelujah' below.
1998 - FROM RUSH HOUR WITH LOVE
2013 - LIVE AT THE ASTORIA
SAFFRON - SOLO SINGLES