Thomas "Tom" William Hingley (born 9 July 1965) is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known as the frontman of Inspiral Carpets.


Hingley was born in Abingdon, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) and moved to Oldham in 1984 to study English at Manchester Polytechnic. He formed a band called Too Much Texas, and got a job collecting glasses at The Haçienda nightclub in Manchester. He joined Inspiral Carpets as lead vocalist in 1989 (future Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher also auditioned, but was not chosen). After six successful years, Inspiral Carpets split in 1995 and Hingley started performing as a solo artist, releasing Keep Britain Untidy (2000) and Soulfire (2002), released on his own label Newmemorabilia Records. In 2001 Hingley formed the band The Lovers with Steve Hanley and Paul Hanley, both former members of The Fall, and Jason Brown and Kelly Wood. The Lovers' first album, Abba Are The Enemy, was released in 2004. In 2002/2003 Hingley joined a reformed Inspiral Carpets for two sell-out UK tours and again in 2006/2007. His second album with the Lovers, Highlights, was released in March 2008. In August 2009 Hingley played the Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool. In 2009 Hingley released a new solo acoustic record on Newmemorabilia Records called Thames Valley Delta Blues, a kind of follow up to the earlier, much-acclaimed Keep Britain Untidy.

Hingley's late father was the Russian academic Ronald Hingley, translator of Chekhov for Oxford University Press.

Hingley continues to perform live, and teaches part-time at Salford University, while studying for a PhD in music performance. He is currently playing solo shows around the UK as well as playing brand new material with new band Tom Hingley Band.


Tom Hingley's memoir Carpet Burns, My life with Inspiral Carpets charts his time with the band from 1989–2011.


Solo albums

With Tom Hingley Band

  • No Peace for the Good Looking (TBA 2014)

With Tom Hingley and The Lovers

With Inspiral Carpets

Studio albums
Compilation albums
  • 21.07.90 Live at Manchester G-Mex VHS (1990)
  • The Singles VHS (1995)
  • Live at Brixton Academy DVD (2004)
  • The Peel Sessions (1989)
  • Cool As Fuck (1990)
  • Island Head (1990)
  • The Peel Sessions 1990 (1992)


Release DateTitleUK Single ChartAlbum
1989, May"Joe"
1989, August"Find Out Why"90
1989, November"Move"49Life
1990, March"This Is How It Feels"14Life
1990, June"Commercial Reign" (U.S. release)Life
1990, June"She Comes in the Fall"27Life
1991, March"Caravan"30The Beast Inside
1991, June"Please Be Cruel"50The Beast Inside
1992, February"Dragging Me Down"12Revenge of the Goldfish
1992, May"Two Worlds Collide"32Revenge of the Goldfish
1992, September"Generations"28Revenge of the Goldfish
1992, November"Bitches Brew"36Revenge of the Goldfish
1993, May"How It Should Be"49
1994, January"Saturn 5"20Devil Hopping
1994, February"I Want You"18Devil Hopping
1994, April"Uniform"51Devil Hopping
1995, September"Joe"37The Singles
2003, July"Come Back Tomorrow"43Cool As

With Too Much Texas

  • Fixed Link (Flexi disk) (1986)
  • Hurry on Down (1988) on Ugly Man
  • Juvenilia (2006)


  • Oliver Klein featuring Tom Hingley: Shakedown/Shakedub (EP) (2002)