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Toploader are an Englishmarker alternative rock band from Eastbournemarker, formed in 1997. They are best known for their cover of King Harvest's song "Dancing in the Moonlight", which became a global hit for the band.


Toploader signed a six album deal with Sony Records in 1998 and went around recording their debut album, Onka's Big Moka, at Rockfield Studio's in South Wales with Manic Street Preachers producer Dave Eringa. After its release in 1999 Toploader went on to become a popular act in British music selling over two million albums with a string of top 20 chart hits home and abroad. They started their live career playing with the likes of Coldplay and Muse in small venues across the UK and later went on to back the likes of Paul Weller, Robbie Wiliams and Bon Jovi (where they became the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium.) The band split up in 2003 shortly after the release of their second album "Magic Hotel."

Although the band had huge success with their first album Onka's Big Moka, selling 1.7 million units and remaining in the Top 5 of the UK Albums Chart for over six months, their second album Magic Hotel, failed to meet expectation resulting in the band being dropped by their record label, even though the album was more successful by charting at #3 (beating the #4 of the debut), but failing to meet sales targets set by the label.

The band's debut album, Onka's Big Moka, produced the global hit "Dancing in the Moonlight".

In May 2009 Toploader announced that they were re-forming, starting with a come back charity concert at Eastbourne Bandstandmarker on 29 August 2009. New material available in 2010 with some festival appearances and tour in 2009.

Joseph Washbourn wrote and performed the track "Goldrush" for the 2005 film, The Skeleton Key (Universal Pictures). He is now concentrating on a solo career with new and original material.

Guitarist Dan Hipgrave became well known in the media.

Lead guitarist Julian Deane has moved into artist management and currently looks after Paul Steel, The Xcerts and Stars and Sons.

Drummer Rob Green became a music supervisor for a TV company.

Bassist Matt Knight is studying Media and Cultural Studies at Sussex University.

Band members




from Onka's Big Moka:
  • 1999 Achilles Heel #64 UK
  • 1999 Let the People Know #52 UK
  • 2000 Dancing in the Moonlight #19 UK
  • 2000 Achilles Heel (re-issue) #8 UK
  • 2000 Just Hold On #20 UK
  • 2000 Dancing in the Moonlight (re-issue) #7 UK
  • 2001 Only For A While #19 UK
from Magic Hotel:
  • 2002 Time Of My Life #18 UK
  • 2002 Some Kind Of Wonderful #76 UK


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