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The Eccentrics

Formed in November 2000, and had their first gig 8 days later supporting The Vibrators. Previous members include Trotsky (of the Subhumans), and Sandra (from Korrupt). Still unsigned, though have toured the USA and played in Europe - very DIY, releasing their own CD's and DVD's. They are a throwback to old school punk, with a hint of garage punk and ska in there for good measure.

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U Brown

Huford Brown aka U Brown is a born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1956. He discovered Jamaican music by visiting local bars near the Treasure Isle studio with his father. He began mixing at the age of 15 for Philip Monroe at Sound Of Music. He became well known from his early hits such as ''Wet Up Your Pants Foot'' and ''Jah Jah Whip Them''. In 1975, he recorded his first album ''Satta Dread," which was released in Jamaica and England.

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Joe White

Jamaican singer Joe White has had an unsung career, issuing several brilliant singles through the ska, rocksteady, and early reggae eras, including 1967's "Rudies All Around," 1968's "Every Night" (produced by Sonia Pottinger), and an amazing version of "My Guiding Star," produced by Charles Ross at Studio One. Somehow, though, White never garnered the mass attention he deserved. Early on he was a member of vocal group the Leaders with Ken Boothe, Roy Shirley, and Chuck Josephs, and several singles by the quartet were issued on Federal, but none generated much action.

Read more about Joe White on Last.fm.

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Lone Ranger

Borrowing his stage name from the popular TV Western hero of the same name, the Lone Ranger was one of Jamaica's most influential early dancehall DJs. He helped pioneer a newly rhythmic, on-the-beat rhyming style that led DJ toasting into the modern age, and punctuated his lyrics with bizarre exclamations and sound effects ("bim" and "ribbit" were his favorites) that made him perhaps the most imaginative stylist of his time.

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The Waxing Captors

Busting out of the youth centres of Ipswich with all the gusto of a poorly-trained house pet, The Waxing Captors took the local scene by storm with their cathartic blink-and-you'll-miss-'em pop songs and exhausting & unforgiving live performances. The band are currently touring off the back of their latest release "The Trip" recorded on Antigen Records and playing any town that'll spare the sorry suckers a dime, The Waxing Captors are guaranteed to shake a brow and raise an ass.

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Spazzys

Spazzys are an all-girl punk band formed in 2000 in Melbourne, Australia. They received strong support from Melbourne community radio station 3RRR, before being picked up by popular youth radio station Triple J. They released their debut album Aloha! Go Bananas! in 2004, with singles Paco Doesn't Love Me, Hey Hey Baby and My Boyfriend's Back all charting. They are a constant in the live music scene in Melbourne and have toured nationally several times, often playing festivals such as the Big Day Out.

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The Dub Factory

Upon hearing his voice you would expect a dread lock rasta from Kingston, Jamaica but in fact he is an 'Asian from an Eastern Land'. Parvez, known as, "The Dub Factory" was born in Birmingham (UK), with his roots in Pakistan.
"As an Asian living in a multi-cultural area of Leicester I had a variety of influences as a youth. Reggae was the main music at that time. The big basslines echoed off the walls day and night and just became part of my life".

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Cornell Campbell

Cornell, or Cornel, Campbell started recording in 1956, cutting shuffle and early ska tunes like "My Treasure" and "Don't Want Your Loving" at the ubiquitous Studio One for Coxsone Dodd. His singing style is delicate and ephemeral, making heavy use of falsetto. His stint at Studio One produced some beautiful tunes like Stars, Queen Of The Minstrels, Magic Spell, Trick In The Book and many others. His sister, Cecille Campbell, also sang at Studio One and was a member of the Soulettes with Rita Marley.

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The Pirates

There are at least 2 groups known as The Pirates: 1)The Pirates are a pub-rock band from England. They played in 60's as a backing band to Johnny Kidd (the most notable song of Johnny Kidd and The Pirates is "Shakin' All Over"), and reformed in 76.
Lineup included Frank Farley, Johnny Spence and Mick Green. Mick Green, guitarist of Pirates famous for his unique "choppy-style" guitar playing (lead and rhythm at the same time) which influenced such great musicians as Wilko Johnson of Dr.Feelgood and Pete Townshend of The Who.

Read more about The Pirates on Last.fm.

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