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Dot Allison
Birth name Dorothy Elliot Allison
Born 17 August 1969 (1969-08-17) (age 40)
Origin Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupations Singer, Songwriter
Years active 1991-present
Associated acts One Dove, Pete Doherty, Massive Attack

Dot Allison (born Dorothy Elliot Allison, 17 August 1969, Edinburgh[1]) is a Scottish singer and songwriter who has made significant inroads in electronic music circles, most notably as a result of her tenure fronting the band One Dove in the early 1990s.

In addition to solo ventures, Allison's career has concentrated on collaborative efforts, and has seen her work beside the likes of Death in Vegas, Hal David, Arab Strap, Scottish dance duo Slam, Kevin Shields, Pete Doherty / Babyshambles, Gary Mounfield, and club stalwarts Massive Attack.

Allison released her debut album, Afterglow, in 1999 to generally positive reviews. A song-oriented pop outing, it was followed by the electro and house music inspired We Are Science in 2002. In 2007, she released the folk and psychedelica influenced Exaltation of Larks. Allison's touring group includes members of The Fall, Two Lone Swordsmen, Tindersticks, Death in Vegas, Massive Attack, and Tokyo Windbag. Stylistically, her music has been described as "trip-pop," and owes a great deal to British electronic music of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Allison is scheduled to release a new album, titled Room Seven And A Half, in September 2009. It features a guest appearance by Pete Doherty on the songs 'I Wanna Break Your Heart' and 'Portrait Of The Sun', which he co-wrote. Paul Weller also appears on 'Love's Got Me Crazy'.

Dot will also be appearing on various movie and television soundtracks in 2009. She contributed vocals to the track "Without Discord" on the soundtrack to the Channel 4 series Henry 8th: The Mind of a Tyrant, written by Philip Sheppard. Additionally, Allison has recorded the score to a new horror genre film entitled "Triangle". A collection of past collaborations and rarities is also in the works.




With One Dove



  • Afterglow (1999). UK #159
  • We Are Science (2002) produced by Dot Allison, Keith Tenniswood and Dave Fridman. UK #130
  • Acoustic (2003). Limited release of 200 copies, distributed at Massive Attack gigs in 2003.[2]
  • Beneath the Ivy (2006) 3-song EP produced by Tim Simenon
  • Exaltation of Larks (2007) produced by Kramer
  • Room 7½ (Due September 2009) - Produced By Rob Ellis and Dot Allison.
  • Collaborations (TBC) Compilation


  • "Tomorrow Never Comes" / "I Wanna Feel The Chill" (1999)
  • "Mo' Pop" (1999) UK #86
  • "Colour Me" (1999)
  • "Message Personnel" (1999)
  • "Close Your Eyes" (1999) UK #123
  • "Substance" (2002) UK #79
  • "Strung Out" (2002) UK #67
  • "Thief of Me" (2007)


  • "Diving Horses" from Death in Vegas' album Scorpio Rising (2002)
  • "Dirge" featuring Dot - Death in Vegas' album The Contino Sessions (1999)
  • "Visions" from Slam album Alien Radio 2002
  • "Kill The Pain" from Slam Album Year Zero 2005
  • "We Medicate" Written with Slam on LP 2007
  • "Sell Me Back My Soul" from King of Woolworths Album Illustration Musicale
  • "Aftersun" from Massive Attack Score for the film Unleashed aka Danny The Dog
  • "I Wanna Break Your Heart" a duet written with Pete Doherty
  • "Sheepskin Tearaway" a duet written with Pete Doherty
  • "Portrait Of The Sun" written by Dot and Pete Doherty
  • "Heaven Under Siege" written by Dot and Pete Doherty
  • "Love's Got Me Crazy" written by Dot and Paul Weller



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