Thomas 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.
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 and Paul Hanley (both former members of The Fall), Jason Brown, and Kelly Wood. The Lovers' first album, Abba Are The Enemy, was released in 2004. In 2002-03, he 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 outfit, the Tom Hingley Band.
He has a range of beers that he sells at his gigs. "Tom Hingley's Stout" is brewed with Northamptonshire's Hart Family Brewers.
Tom Hingley's memoir Carpet Burns, My life with Inspiral Carpets charts his time with the band from 1989–2011.