Tom Hingley


Tom Hingley was born in 1965 in Abingdon, Oxford, the seventh and youngest child of an Oxford Don. Moving to Manchester in the mid 1980s, he took a job as a glass collector at the Hacienda before rising to fame in the early 90s as lead-singer with Inspiral Carpets, with whom he toured the world and sold over a million records before leaving the band in 2011. A hardworking troubadour, since 2000 he has toured constantly as a solo artist and with a variety of bands, performing over 150 gigs per year. Carpet Burns is a memoir of his time with Inspiral Carpets.

Carpet Burns website.


  • Carpet Burns Trailer
    Video trailer for Tom Hingley's book Carpet Burns - My Life With Inspiral Carptets (3:54)
  • Further Away
    Tom Hingley and The Lovers perform 'Further Away' at The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, on The Beast Inside Tour. 21 September 2012.
  • Noel Gallagher's First Fan
    Tom Hingley reads from his book Carpet Burns - My Life With Inspiral Carpets in which the band goad roadie Noel Gallagher to grab a standing fan from the back of a van in moving traffic. (1:08)
  • Mark E Smith Does Top of the Pops
    Tom Hingley reads from his book Carpet Burns. Mark E Smith finds himself in confrontational situations with Elvis Costello, Clint Boon, Anita Doth and Gillian Taylforth at a Top of the Pops recording. (3:08)


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