Dogs Die in Hot Cars is a Scottish band from St. Andrews consisting of Craig Macintosh (vocals, guitar), Gary Smith (vocals, guitar) Ruth Quigley (vocals, keyboards, French horn), Lee Worrall (bass and glockenspiel) and Laurence Davey (drums and percussion).
Macintosh, Smith, Worrall and Davey all met at Madras College and began playing together in 1993 at the age of 14. After having performed under various names they settled on “Dogs Die In Hot Cars” in 1997. In 1999 they moved to Glasgow where they met Ruth Quigley to complete the line up. The band listed their influences among others as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles and Talking Heads.
Later that year the band signed a one off single deal with EMI subsidiary label, Radiate Records. The single included the songs “I Love You ‘Cause I Have To”, “Celebrity Sanctum” and “Somewhat Off The Way”. In autumn 2003, the band signed to V2 Records and Chrysalis Publishing.
In July 2004 they released their debut album Please Describe Yourself which included the tracks “I Love You ‘Cause I Have To”, “Godhopping” and “Lounger”. “Godhopping” peaked at #24 on the UK Singles Chart and remains the band’s biggest hit. “I Love You ‘Cause I Have To” peaked at #32 on the UK Singles Chart.
In 2006, following the departure of Gary Smith, the band entered the studio to record their second album but this was abandoned. In 2008 they released 17 demos that they’d written for the second album, for people to remix and rewrite how they liked, with the intention being that of the best mixes for each song, they would compile a final record and share any potential royalties from it 50-50 with those who contributed. Nothing however, emerged from the idea.
Here’s one of their two chart hits:-