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Mono formed in 1996 in London and consisted of singer Siobhan de Maré and Martin Virgo on keyboards, synthesizer programming, and production. Originally planning to use the name Tremelux, they chose instead Mono, derived from the title of the Phil Spector release Back to Mono. The band signed a UK-only contract at first with Echo Records, passing up labels like Warner, Island, and London. Their first release, in 1996, was an EP of the song “Life in Mono” and various remixes. and was followed by the Formica Blues album in 1997. In 1998, the use of “Life in Mono” in the soundtrack, trailers, and end credits of the film adaptation of Great Expectations brought greater exposure for the song than ever before, and it became the number one most requested song on US radio stations for weeks following the film’s release.
Now at the height of their popularity, Mono embarked on their only concert tour. After a quiet period, however, the band broke up in 2000. De Maré now sings for Violet Indiana featuring Robin Guthrie of the group Cocteau Twins and has released a number of singles, two albums and a singles collection. More recently, de Maré also founded Pearl Dust, a music management company. Virgo joined International Love Corporation, an unsigned rock band promoted through MySpace and CD Baby, as keyboardist.