When Finley Quaye won the 1998 BRIT
for Best British Male Solo Artist, he had been famous for less than a year. In 1997, he emerged from nowhere with a sunny mix of Reggae
, Soul and jazzy Funk and claimed the hip Dance Pop throne previously occupied by the likes of Jamiroquai.
Son of Jazz composer Cab Quaye, the brother of noted guitarist Caleb and allegedly the uncle of Trip Hop wheezer Tricky, Quaye made his recording debut in 1995 on A Guy Called Gerald's 'Finley's Rainbow', scored a solo deal with Haiku and, in late 1997, hit the UK Top 20 twice with 'Sunday Shining' and 'Even After All'. His reputation was established by Maverick A Strike, an adventurous but accessible album released in September 1997, which sold gold less than three weeks later and led directly to BRIT victory.
However, storm clouds started to gather when Tricky- with whom he collaborated on late 1997's 'Please Share My Dappy Umbrella' (also featuring Iggy Pop)- damned him on his 'Can't Freestyle'.