911 (pronounced "nine-one-one") are an English boy band consisting of members Lee Brennan, Jimmy Constable and Simon "Spike" Dawbarn. They were formed in 1995 and released their debut single in May 1996. They split in 2000, but reunited in 2005, when they participated in the ITV reality TV show Hit Me, Baby, One More Time.
911 formed when Jimmy Constable met Spike Dawbarn whilst working as a dancer on the show The Hit Man and Her. The two later found Lee Brennan, and were signed by Virgin Records. They had their first Top 10 hit in 1996 with "Don't Make Me Wait", which reached #10. Nine more successive Top 10 hits followed, including the UK number one hit "A Little Bit More". The band split up in February 2000, when they announced their break-up live on Chris Moyles' Radio 1 show.
Their song, "Love Sensation" was featured in the 1997 film adaptation of the Harvey Comics character Casper: A Spirited Beginning, and was their only U.S. chart hit.
In 2005, the members of the group reformed to participate in the ITV singing contest, Hit Me, Baby, One More Time. The band have since done a nightclub tour of the UK and Ireland, performing their most popular hits. More recently, 911 have performed at a number of nightclub and university events, and they entertained the crowd prior to the Bradford Bulls clash with Leeds Rhinos on Friday 23 May 2008.
In 2006, Constable took part in the MTV series Totally Boyband, which followed ex-members of boybands forming into a new band, called Upper Street. Their first (and only) single charted at No. 35 in the UK Singles Chart, and the band has since disbanded, with the whole project deemed a commercial disaster. Constable also appeared in BBC Two game show, Identity, on 28 August 2007, billed as an 'ex-boyband member'.
Dawbarn appeared in Never Mind the Buzzcocks's identity parade round in October 2009. Phill Jupitus's team failed to pick him out.
In 2009, they took part in Living's, Pop Goes the Band; where the band members came together to get back to their boyband ways, resulting in a live performance. They performed "Body Shakin'".
In 2011 Spike and Jimmy appeared as special guests in a round of the quiz show Celebrity Juice where it was mentioned that the band would again be reforming for a round of gigs. When asked if the band were reforming properly, Jimmy stated that it depends if the fans will buy tickets.
- Main article: 911 discography
- 1997: The Journey
- 1998: Moving On
- 1999: There It Is
- 1999: The Greatest Hits and a Little Bit More
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