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The Cooper Temple Clause were a six-piece alternative rock band originating from Wokingham, Berkshiremarker, Englandmarker. Formed in 1998, the band quickly gained a following through their live concerts, and have produced three albums, the latest being Make This Your Own. The band split up on 24 April 2007, following the departure of Daniel Fisher.


The band was named after the Cowper-Temple clause, the first part of the name of which is pronounced, as in the band's name, . The clause was inserted into the Elementary Education Act 1870, which established compulsory primary education in England and Wales. The clause, a compromise on the matter of funding for denominational schools, was named after its proposer, Liberal MP William Cowper-Temple (born William Francis Cowper, later Baron Mount Temple).

During many of their early interviews, the band would make up various stories related to the origin of their name. An example of this can be seen in a video interview by Supersweet TV.


After signing a record deal with the RCA label in 2000 and putting out several singles and EPs, their debut album See This Through and Leave was released in 2002 to great critical acclaim. 2003's follow-up, Kick Up the Fire, and Let the Flames Break Loose, achieved the band international recognition on the strength of the singles "Promises, Promises" and "Blind Pilots". The Cooper Temple Clause left RCA in 2006, signing to Sanctuary Records for the release of their third album Make This Your Own.

See This Through And Leave

The band's debut album, See This Through And Leave was released on 11 February 2002. Three singles were released from the album; "Let's Kill Music", the double-A side "Film-Maker // Been Training Dogs", and "Who Needs Enemies?". The album was released on CD, limited edition double CD, international CD and a 7" boxed set, along with 2 promo CDs. The Limited edition double CD contained 3 extra songs and live versions of Panzer Attack and Let's Kill Music. It was well received by critics and reached number 27 in the UK Albums Chart.

Kick Up The Fire, And Let The Flames Break Loose

Following only 19 months after See This Through And Leave, The Cooper Temple Clause released their second album Kick Up The Fire, And Let The Flames Break Loose on 8 September 8 2003. The songs were better-produced and the album had a different style to it, increasingly incorporating electronic sounds into tracks. The strength of its two singles, "Promises, Promises" and "Blind Pilots" achieved the band international recognition, with "Promises, Promises" reaching number 19 on the UK Singles Chart. The album was hailed by fans and critics alike and reached number 5 in the UK Albums Chart, the highest position the band would ever achieve.

Didz Hammond's departure

In September 2005, bassist Didz Hammond left the band to join ex-Libertine Carl BarĂ¢t in the band Dirty Pretty Things. The Cooper Temple Clause issued a statement on their official website confirming Didz's departure:

Dear fans and friends of The Cooper Temple Clause, it is with much regret that we must inform you all of Didz Hammond's departure from The Cooper Temple Clause. Though the news saddens us as much as we are sure it does you, we feel it is important to reassure everyone that things ended amicably and there is no bad feelings between anyone concerned. A brother has left the family home, though he shall never leave the family. We extend to him our love and wish him the best, and hope all of you can join us in lending him your support for the future.

However Hammond is credited as playing bass on two of Make This Your Own's eleven tracks; "Damage" and "What Have You Gone And Done".

Make This Your Own

After many setbacks including a change in record label, and the loss of Didz Hammond, the band's third album was significantly delayed. It was finally released on 22 January 2007 and entitled Make This Your Own. It included the singles "Damage", "Homo Sapiens", "Waiting Game" and "Head". The album saw Fisher and Bellamy having a greater role in vocals, and featured fewer electronic influences than the previous album.

The Split

The band announced they had split up in late April 2007, following Fisher's decision to leave. The band had been due to headline the AKG Unsigned Heroes gig at London's KOKOmarker in Camdenmarker later in the same week. During the week prior to the official split, the band had been scheduled to perform at Underworldmarker and Dingwallsmarker as part of the Camden Crawl. These two appearances were cancelled, however, with the band citing exhaustion as the reason. It is not clear whether the split was also a factor in the cancellations. The following post was made on the band's website, announcing the split:


  • After the split, Bellamy devoted most of his time to remixing and DJing. Later, he started playing drums with White Belt Yellow Tag.
  • Gautrey has become a full-time player/manager for Ashridge Park FC.
  • Fisher has not been musically active since the split.
  • Harper joined the Brazilian band CSS in 2008
  • Mahon currently works as a farmhand for his family farm.


The Cooper Temple Clause had been associated by some with the revival of prog-rock, although their influences also included the post-hardcore style of At the Drive-In, as well as the typical 1990s-era Britpop sound of bands such as Blur and Oasis. Additionally, the band had been increasingly incorporating electronic music into their sound and cited Radiohead as a major influence, and their debut album was compared favourably to Mansun's Six.

The Cooper Temple Clause used and experimented with many different instruments, forming a unique part of their sound.


  • Tom Bellamy - Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer, Keyboard, Trumpet, Programming, Samples, Melodica, Harmonica, Percussion, Toy Piano, Bow, Decks, FX/Beats, Vocals and Lyrics.
  • Daniel Fisher - Guitar, Bass, Vocals and Lyrics.
  • Ben Gautrey - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards and Vocals.
  • Jon Harper - Drums, Gretsch Drums, DW Snares, Sabian Cymbals, Percussion and Backing vocals.
  • Kieran Mahon - Keyboard, Piano, Synthesizer, Organ, Hammond Organ, Farfisa, Guitar, Bass and Backing vocals.
  • Didz Hammond - Bass, Synthesizer, Samples, Vocoder, Guitar and Vocals. (left in 2005)


Singles and EPs

Date Title (UK Singles Chart placing)
July 2000 "Crayon Demos"
March 2001 "The Hardware EP"
March 2001 "Way Out West"
June 2001 "The Warfare EP"
July 2001 "The Hardware EP + The Warfare EP"
September 2001 "Let's Kill Music" (#41)
January 2002 "Film-Maker" / "Been Training Dogs" (#20)
May 2002 "Who Needs Enemies?" (#22)
September 2002 "A.I.M."
September 2003 "Promises, Promises" (#19)
November 2003 "Blind Pilots" (#37)
May 2006 "Damage"
October 2006 "Homo Sapiens" (#36)
January 2007 "Waiting Game" (#41)
April 2007 "Head"



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