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In September 2011, it was confirmed that Charlotte Hatherley would return for a set of special shows, celebrating the release of the 'Best of Ash' album. The shows were to include the four-piece playing the Free All Angels album in its entirety, and a "Best of" set.[29]

On 20 January 2006, Hatherley left the band after nine years leaving only the original members remaining. An official statement reads: "After 9 years Ash and Charlotte Hatherley have mutually agreed to part company. The decision is completely amicable and they wish each other the very best for the future". In an interview in July 2007, the other band members suggested they asked Hatherley to leave as they "wanted to be a three-piece."[12]

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In April 2010, Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack joined the band for a UK tour and continued to tour worldwide throughout 2010.[28]

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In June 2011, Ash announced that a greatest hits record was in the works.[19]

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On 12 June 2007 Ash revealed that Twilight of the Innocents would be their last album. They also denied that they were splitting and instead stated that they would only release singles from now on as "(t)he way people listen to music has changed, with the advent of the download the emphasis has reverted to single tracks".[14]

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In late 2008, the band stated they had been writing and recording new tracks, bassist Mark Hamilton stated, "we’re just taking track at a time and seeing what happens, no limits to where or what it’ll sound like. A few of the songs are barely recognisable as Ash which is pretty exciting to see how people react when they hear them."[15] A number of track titles were also revealed including "Neon, part 2".

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A new single "Envy" was released, followed shortly afterwards by the singles collection Intergalactic Sonic 7″s with the bonus disk entitled Cosmic Debris. Q magazine named Ash as No. 2 of its "50 Bands To See Before You Die".

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In 1996 the singles "Goldfinger" and "Oh Yeah" were released, with the successful album 1977 being released between these. The track "Lose Control" from that album was featured in the video game Gran Turismo.[10] On 17 February 1997, Ash released Live at the Wireless, a live album, recorded at the Triple J Studios in Australia. A limited edition version of the album was released in the UK on the band's own Deathstar label.


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