Tributes paid to Richard Hawley's former Longpigs bandmate Dee Boyle

Longpigs - Dee Boyle far right
Longpigs - Dee Boyle far right
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Tributes have poured in following the death of Dee Boyle, drummer for Sheffield band the Longpigs.

Boyle shot to fame as the drummer for Britpop band Longpigs which boasted Richard Hawley on guitar and Crispin Hunt as the frontman.

The band formed in Sheffield in 1993 before signing with Mother Records and touring with Echobelly, Supergrass and finally Radiohead in early 1995.

Longpigs released their debut album 'The Sun Is Often Out' to critical acclaim in April 1996, which was declared one of 1996's 50 best albums by both Q and Melody Maker.

Following the release of their second album, Mobile Home, Boyle left the band with Longpigs splitting up shortly afterwards.

Jon Stewart, member of 90's Britpop band Sleeper described The Longpigs as "just about the greatest British band of the 1990s" in a Facebook post.

He said: "For my money this was just about the greatest British band of the 1990s.

"So it's very sad to hear that Dee Boyle, their drummer, has died.

"The Longpigs were everything I ever thought a band could and should be, and Dee's laconic playing was a huge part of that.

"It was my great pleasure to tour with them in 1996, when they were our support band. They were brilliant, every night. Just brilliant."

In October 1999, NME reported that frontman Crispin Hunt had to have six stitches in his face after a violent confrontation involving Dee.

Dee passed away on Friday, April 14. The cause of death is unknown at this point