Before joining Fightstar, Charlie was in a previous band, namely, Busted. In which he played the exact position he does in Fightstar now, Singer and Guitarist. Busted were a multi-million selling Pop-Rock band, that lasted for about 3 or 4 years. During those 3 or 4 years, they made 4 albums. Which are as listed;
Busted (Self Titled)
A Present For Everyone
Busted (Self Titled, USA Version)
A Ticket For Everyone
But Busted didn't just do a few albums, they did a live 'A Ticket For Everyone' DVD. Which showed them play a few songs from Busted and A Present For Everyone. And is worth getting, even if you aren't a Busted fan.
Charlie has two brothers, called, Will and Edd. Who are both in rock bands, like Charlie. Edd is in a band called Prego who apparently have released a few EP's, I'm not sure, I prefer Fightstar. And Will is in Br:gade, who have made their Debut Album (Lights) round about the same time as Fightstar released theirs, and is an incredible album! Br:gade have also made a 'Made To Wreck' EP, nearly exactly the same time Fightstar released theirs. Odd.
Charlie Simpson had to, when split from Busted, go through a lot of unnecessary shit from angry Busted fans. People always putting him down for the decision he made. As I say, it was completely unnecessary and people should have known better, not to put him through that. It wasn't just for a few weeks either, it was for nearly 3 years. Far too long. Although some of it might have helped Fightstar to be one of the greatest bands Britain has to offer.
Congratulations Fightstar. And Charlie Simpson, for that matter!
You can burn it all,
Or rally around the table,
If you want to,
Just to argue you out the last scenes of us.
You can end it all,
I'm sorry enough to tell you,
That i'm OK,
And I'm never gonna see you again
--Fightstar - Paint Your Target (Grand Unification)
Words - Charlie Simpson and Al Westaway
Somebody notice me,won't somebody notice,
I'm fading away here,
What have I got to do to make you see,
My girlfriend is a wannabe,
And she wants to be me.
--Busted - She Wants To Be Me (A Present For Everyone)
Words - Charlie Simpson, James Bourne, Matt Willis, The Matrix.