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Also Known As: Alison Elizabeth Margaret Goldfrapp, Alison Elizabeth Goldfrapp Died:
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Refusing convention, Alison Goldfrapp was an artist continually at odds with categorizations of any sort. Born in Enfield, Middlesex, England, Alison Elizabeth Margaret Goldfrapp (with some reports claiming the family name to have only one 'p' at the end) she is the youngest of six siblings, none of whom she speaks about publically. In fact, Goldfrapp - an admittedly uncomfortable interviewee - revealed little of her upbringing, save for odd snippets in various interviews. Goldfrapp credited her father Nick (a part-time writer and painter) for her artistic leanings, claiming he would rouse the family at odd hours to swim in the sea (on nights of the full moon) or into the forest to explain the sounds. In addition, classical music was played to the kids as a means of learning to express their emotions. Still, Goldfrapp attended the conservative Alton Convent School, only to flunk out at age 12. After a stint of squatting and drug use on the underground London scene, Goldfrapp began performing with a series of little-known indie bands. In 1994, she received her first big break, appearing on the Orbital album Snivilisation. This led to the attention of trip-hop artist Tricky, who used Goldfrapp on his...

Refusing convention, Alison Goldfrapp was an artist continually at odds with categorizations of any sort. Born in Enfield, Middlesex, England, Alison Elizabeth Margaret Goldfrapp (with some reports claiming the family name to have only one 'p' at the end) she is the youngest of six siblings, none of whom she speaks about publically. In fact, Goldfrapp - an admittedly uncomfortable interviewee - revealed little of her upbringing, save for odd snippets in various interviews. Goldfrapp credited her father Nick (a part-time writer and painter) for her artistic leanings, claiming he would rouse the family at odd hours to swim in the sea (on nights of the full moon) or into the forest to explain the sounds. In addition, classical music was played to the kids as a means of learning to express their emotions. Still, Goldfrapp attended the conservative Alton Convent School, only to flunk out at age 12. After a stint of squatting and drug use on the underground London scene, Goldfrapp began performing with a series of little-known indie bands. In 1994, she received her first big break, appearing on the Orbital album Snivilisation. This led to the attention of trip-hop artist Tricky, who used Goldfrapp on his single "Pumpkin." This track eventually caught the ear of Will Gregory, and in 1999, he contacted Goldfrapp to record a demo, with the duo forming a full-fledged group performing under her last name. The coupling produced a number of releases, each often completely different in style than the one that came before, from the bewitching folk influences of Seventh Tree (2008) to the gloriously brassy '80s synth pop stylings of Head First (2010). All were joined together via Goldfrapp's reported five-octave range. Goldfrapp's sixth album, Tales of Us, was released in September 2013.

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