Discs Records and founder of Independiente Records.
Sensing greatness, he negotiated with Wildlife Entertainment and signed Travis for a reputed £100,000 of his own money.
The band that would become Travis was formed by brothers Chris Martyn (bass) and Geoff Martyn (keyboards) along with Simon Jarvis (drums).
Andy Dunlop, a school friend at Lenzie Academy, was drafted in on guitar.
Having been repeatedly knocked back by the British record industry, the band couldn't afford to stay around the country for another few years and so decided to move to New York, feeling that the U. They turned a corner." After performing a secret gig for Pinder and his boss at Sony, Blair Mc Donald, they were signed to Sony Music Publishing.
The immediate impact of what was a very secret deal was that the line-up was changed—keyboard player Geoff Martyn was removed, and the bassist, Geoff's brother Chris, was replaced with Healy's best friend Dougie Payne—and the band was moved to London, where they were given a rehearsal room and a house.
The band's name comes from the Harry Dean Stanton character Travis Henderson from the film Paris, Texas.
Produced by Steve Lillywhite of U2 fame, Travis' first studio album, 1997's Good Feeling, is a rockier, more upbeat record than the band's others to date.With brothers Chris and Geoff Martyn on bass and keyboards, in 1993, the fivesome released a privately made CD, The Glass Onion EP, featuring the tracks "Dream On", "The Day Before", "Free Soul" and "Whenever She Comes Round".500 copies of the EP were made and were recently valued at £1000 each.The line-up was completed by a female vocalist, Catherine Maxwell, and the band's name became "Glass Onion", after the Beatles song of the same name. Parting company with their singer in the spring of 1991, they auditioned for a new vocalist.Having met each other through Primrose pouring him a pint, an untrained art student, Fran Healy, then joined after being invited to audition by Primrose.
The band showed promise but had yet to evolve into a decent line-up capable of fulfilling it and spent several years treading water.