Last modified: 22 Sep 2010
Frequently Asked Questions about Delirious?
Who are the band members and where do they live?
The members of Delirious? are:
Martin Smith - Lead vocals, guitars
Stuart Garrard - Guitars, backing vocals
Jon Thatcher - Bass
Tim Jupp - Keyboards
Paul Evans - Drums
(In May 2008 Paul Evans took over as the drummer in Delirious?
when original member Stewart Smith decided to leave the band)
Delirious? are from a small town called Littlehampton, which
is on the South Coast of England. See the About
page for band
Are any of the band members related to each other?
Many people think that there are two brothers in Delirious?,
you will even find that fact reported in media articles sometimes.
But the truth is that Stewart Smith and Martin Smith, whilst
sharing the same surname, are not actually brothers and are not
related by blood. However Stewart, Martin and Tim are
all married to Jon's sisters, making all four of them brothers-in-law.
Stu G and Paul are not related to the other members of the band.
When and how did they become a band?
Delirious? started out as the house band for a youth event
called 'Cutting Edge' in 1992. In those days the band were
just known as the Cutting Edge band. By 1995 the band's lineup
was complete and in 1996 they decided to give up their day jobs
and go full time as a band. It was then that Delirious? was born.
See the Biography
for the full story.
Why is the band called Delirious?
When the five band members decided to go full time as a band
in 1996 they choose the name 'Delirious?'. Jon Thatcher explained
the choice of their name in an interview
where he said: "We opened the dictionary and read the
meaning of 'delirious' as 'wildly ecstatic, or enthused.
Leaving everything we were doing was quite a gamble at the
time, as well. But we decided that we wanted to invest our
lives in the band. And that's what we've done."
Jon went on to explain the question mark at the end of the
name: "The question mark kind of haunts us. We thought
it would be quite amusing at the time and add a bit of intrigue.
Now it's stuck and become part of the copyright."
How can I contact the band?
Delirious? can be contacted via their record company, Furious? Records,
who are based in the UK. For e-mail, postal address, and telephone number,
please see the Contact
page. Fan mail
can be sent to the record company, and the band have been known to reply to fans
in the past.
What instruments do they play?
For a full list of the equipment the band uses, check out
the excellent Techsville
What albums have they released?
For a full list of the albums Delirious? have released, please
take a look at the Discography
What singles have they released?
Delirious? have released many singles over the years, mainly in
the UK, with varying levels of chart success. For a full list and
details about each single, please take a look at the Discography's
What videos/DVDs have they released?
The DVDs and Videos
section of the Discography gives a full list.
When and why did the band finish?
Delirious? performed their final concert on 29th November 2009 at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Announcing the decision to end the band in a press release
on 6th July 2008, the band said: "Our decision was triggered by a request from Martin to be released from the band to pursue new projects including his work with CompassionArt and the desire to be at home more with Anna and his children. We have of course honoured this request and made a decision together that now is the time to end this chapter of our lives... We want to make it absolutely clear that although this decision has been extremely painful and difficult, we are still great friends and our respect for each other is unquestionable."
Will they ever play a concert together again?
Delirious? are not currently together as a band. The band members have said they would 'never say never' to getting together again one day, but there are no immediate plans for any concerts. Martin Smith occasionally leads worship at various events, and Stu G is now part of a new band called One Sonic Society.
How did they decided where to play/Why didn't they play in my city?
Delirious? either performed their own tours (usually in the UK, US
and sometimes in Europe) or they performed at various organised
events around the world. When Delirious? did their own tours
they promote themselves and received all the tour profits
themselves. However they also had to pay all the tour costs
too, such as venue hire, equipment, transport, crew, food
etc. So whilst they kept the profits, the income is not guaranteed
as it is dependent on ticket sales. Therefore, on a tour
they would plan to go to places they haven't played at recently,
or places which in the past have sold well, in order to be
sure to cover the costs of putting on the tour.
When Delirious? performed at other shows and events, the show's
promoter would pay a fee for them to perform and would foot the
bill for the venue hire, any equipment, local crew, hotels and
transport. In return, the promoter received any profit from the show.
So in these cases, Delirious? performed where ever the show they
had been invited to perform at happened to be.
When will they release a new album?
Delirious? are not currently together as a band. The band members have said they would 'never say never' to getting together again one day, but there are no immediate plans for them to record a new album. Stu G is now part of a new band called One Sonic Society and Martin Smith has not ruled out releasing solo material in the future.
Do their songs ever get played on the Radio?
In the UK there are very few Christian radio stations, so
Delirious? don't get very much radio play. When they have
released mainstream singles in the past, their songs have
received limited air-play on the radio.
In the USA, where there are a large number of Christian radio
stations, Delirious? songs are often played on the radio.
The band have also had success on German radio.
Many people have accused Radio 1, the biggest radio station
in the UK, of refusing to play Delirious? songs because they
are a Christian band. This is un-true. Radio 1 have played
Delirious? singles in the past, notably 'Promise' and 'Deeper'
which were playlisted when they were released as singles. Radio 1
have also proved that they are not against Christian artists by
playing songs by many other Christian groups.
Whilst it's perfectly acceptable to request that a radio station
plays a certain song, it is not advisable to bombard them with
persistent requests or to accuse them of prejudice, as this usually
has a negative affect.