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The Ordinary Boys were an Englishmarker indie rock band from Worthingmarker, originally named Next in Line. They were influenced by mod revival and Britpop music, as well as the bands Madness, The Specials, The Kinks and The Smiths. Their name derives from a Morrissey song, "The Ordinary Boys".

Despite their limited success on the UKmarker charts, their popularity grew, particularly due to media coverage that the lead singer, Samuel Preston, received when participating in Celebrity Big Brother UK in January 2006. Following that appearance, sales of the band's albums increased and the "Boys Will Be Boys" single moved from #33 to #3 in four weeks. Fans of the band were nicknamed "The Ordinary Army".

Their most high-profile single release was "Boys Will Be Boys" - which was re-released after Preston's appearance on Celebrity Big Brother. Notable songs include "Maybe Someday", "Talk Talk Talk", and "Seaside" from their debut album; "Boys Will Be Boys" from their second album; and "Over the Counter Culture", which was featured in the soundtrack for Burnout 3: Takedown. Their single "Lonely at the Top" marked a change of sound, with more of a pop feel to it; featuring synthesisers and samples.

Yahoo! UKmarker revealed that The Ordinary Boys was the fourth most searched for keyword of 2006 in their annual top ten search results.

The song "Boys Will Be Boys" featured in the fifth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The band was also referenced in episode five ("Smoke and Mirrors") of series two of The IT Crowd.

In early 2008, lead singer Preston confirmed the band's end through the official Ordinary Boys website, and announced he is currently in the process of writing new material for a solo album.



Year Details UK

2004 Over the Counter Culture 19
  • UK: Silver
2005 Brassbound
  • Released: 20th June 2005
  • Label: B-Unique/Warner Music
  • UK: Gold
2006 How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps
  • Released: 23rd October 2006
  • Label: B-Unique/Polydor


Year Title Peak chart positions Album



2004 "Maybe Someday" Over the Counter Culture
"Week In, Week Out" 36
"Talk, Talk, Talk" 17
"Seaside" 27
2005 "Boys Will Be Boys" 16 Brassbound
"Life Will Be the Death of Me" 50
2006 "Boys Will Be Boys" (reissue) 3 1 22
"Nine2Five" (vs. Lady Sovereign) 6 12 25 How To Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps
"Lonely at the Top" 10 26
2007 "I Luv U" 7 5

The music videos for 'Boys Will Be Boys', 'Life Will Be The Death Of Me', '9 To 5' and 'Lonely At The Top' were all directed by Andy Hylton (


  1. Yahoo 2006 top searches

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