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The Beta Band

Their sound veering from post-grunge balladry to funk and ambient breakbeat to Madchester acid house, the Beta Band emerged on the British scene as (nominally) a pop group with few similarities to any other act going. Formed around three friends originally from Edinburgh -- vocalist Steve Mason, drummer Robin Jones, and DJ/sampler John Maclean -- the group later drafted bassist Richard Greentree. Scant months after forming, the Beta Band added a formidable ally in gaining exposure: manager Brian Cannon, the designer responsible for virtually every Oasis sleeve released to that point. The group's first EP, 1997's Champion Versions, featured mixing by the Verve's Nick McCabe. Two additional EPs followed in early 1998, The Patty Patty Sound and Los Amigos del Beta Bandidos. After collecting all three EPs on an album, the Beta Band began recording for their proper debut, a self-titled effort released in 1999. While prepping for the release of their sophomore effort, Hot Shots II, in summer 2001, the Beta Band scored the opening slot on Radiohead's monumental summer tour of the United States. Initial recordings for their next LP began around the same time; after self-producing the record and subsequently passing it over to Nigel Godrich for a final mix, the group released Heroes to Zeros in spring 2004. Just a few months later, the Beta Band announced they would disband at the end of 2004, citing the frustration of much critical praise but no commercial impact. The Best of the Beta Band -- a two-disc package containing one of their last performances -- was released in 2005. Mason went on to release material as King Biscuit Time (which had actually debuted in 1998), Black Affair, and his own name. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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pandora cant get the 3 eps tracks? what up? (anger face)
Beta is the s**t.
This band needs to make a comeback. Or someone needs to go back in time and convince them to not break up
One of the best bands ever. Hands down. King Biscuit Time and The Aliens are pretty awesome (new bands created by former Beta Band members) but nothing compares to The Beta Band. Nothing.
SICKNESS
astoundingly great music. I can't fathom how they didn't gain more traction commercially .
They remain, as they always have, one of the best acts of the millennium. I have yet to hear a band as creative and innovative. Their live show at Coachella was positively mind-blowing . They are missed!
brandyfiesta
word.
This is big music.. Epic.
Whoever wrote their bass lines is pretty great. Takes simple progressions and makes them flourish with great fills.
Agree with Lordwadicus. Gordon Anderson. One of those occasions when what gets called "madness" coalesces and distills into pure artistic genius.
lordwadicus
no mention of the Lone Pigeon? Anderson co-founded the damn band and wrote "Dry the Rain". Come on Pandora
kodarian444
amazing lyrics, soft and lingering vocals, electronic beats, puts me on a visit through planets and philosophy, as well as mind bending creative funk and beats
The s**t
tpmarczak
"Broke" off Hot Shots II is funky as f@ck.
Nickyfinn - good stuff, your comment. The Three EPs is terrific. Their production is almost above reproach. Who cares if it's only a few discs? At least all of their music is good. Can't say that about many bands.
i believe many of the band members still play under the name "the Aliens" and the singer is on a "solo mission" by the name of "king biscuit time" (?)
When the beta band broke up, it was a huge loss to the world of music, they were groundbreaki n g on so many levels and never even had a chance to show there true potential, but i guess like a lot of great things, they are just too good to be true and short lived, in my eyes the beta band will always be legendary.
Dry the Rain...one of their best in my opinion.
"I will now sell five copies of the 3 EP's by The Beta Band..."
ryanroe
"dry the rain" is in my 'top 5' if John Cusack is interested.
adam.prahl
"She's The One" is one of my favorite songs of all time.
tonyl70
not forever changed, geeze, but great stuff. nice work guys.
The Beta Band really opened my eyes to music, I've been forever changed by their tunes, I own all of their albums, love them all dearly. I plunged myself into the Beta Band, probably around nine years ago, when I first bought Hero To Zeros at random one day, I'm still just as obsessed. If your ever buzz'n and feeling lonely on a Tuesday night, play the song Simple on Heros to Zeroes, mind blowing, jamming to the whole album might follow afterward... holy s**t just writing this sucked me in again
landaou
Love these guys!
elizabittybe t h 8 5
"needles in my eyes" is cool, reminds me just a bit of beck.
Beta band is kick a**

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