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The Heavy (UK)

Bath, England's the Heavy draw influence from funk, soul, hip-hop, and the gritty garage rock of the Sonics. Guitarist Dan Taylor and vocalist Kelvin Swaby became friends in the 1990s, bonding over a shared appreciation for vintage R&B and Jim Jarmusch films. Joined by bassist Spencer Page, drummer Chris Ellul, and keyboardist Hannah Collins, the two launched their own act -- the Heavy -- and began combining Taylor's distorted guitars with lo-fi samples, horn riffs, stomping percussion, and soulful Prince-styled vocals. The photogenic band made its studio debut in 2007, releasing several singles on Counter -- a sublabel of London-based Ninja Tune -- before issuing the full-length Great Vengeance & Furious Fire that fall.

An American release followed in early 2008 on the newly minted +1 Records. The Heavy returned minus Collins with their second album, The House That Dirt Built, in 2009. Its most significant inclusion was easily the Dyke & the Blazers-sampling "How You Like Me Now?," which featured the Dap-Kings Horns, was licensed for films and television ads, and subsequently achieved certified gold status from the RIAA. Three years later, they delivered the self-produced The Glorious Dead. Recorded in Columbus, Georgia, it deepened their connection to Southern soul. The band continued to tour extensively and benefited from media licensing of several other songs. In 2016, the Heavy returned with their fourth studio album, Hurt & the Merciless. A self-produced effort recorded in their hometown of Bath, the album found the band attempting to capture the raw energy of its live shows and earliest demos. Included on the album was the lead single "Since You Been Gone." ~ Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Can't Play Dead EP

1. Can't Play Dead (Radio Edit)

2. Can't Play Dead

3. What Makes A Good Man (Kenny Dope Remix)

4. Can't Play Dead (Instrumental)

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Track List: Curse Me Good

1. Curse Me Good (Radio Edit)

2. Curse Me Good

3. What Makes A Good Man? (Kenny Dope Remix)

4. Curse Me Good (Instrumental)

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Track List: The House That Dirt Built

1. The House That Dirt Built

2. Oh No! Not You Again!

3. How You Like Me Now?

4. Sixteen

5. Short Change Hero

6. No Time

7. Long Way From Home

8. Cause For Alarm

9. Love Like That

10. What You Want Me To Do?

11. Stuck

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Track List: Great Vengeance And Furious Fire

1. Brukpocket's Lament

2. Coleen

3. Set Me Free

4. That Kind Of Man

5. Doing Fine

6. Dignity

7. Our Special Place

8. Girl

9. In The Morning

10. Who Needs The Sunshine

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Track List: How You Like Me Now? (Radio Single)

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Track List: Since You Been Gone (Single)

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Track List: What Makes A Good Man? (Single)

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First heard the song how you like me now on a videogame. I've been a big fan ever since.
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hehe_snake
Love this band. Finally a semi-main stream band worth listening to
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Need this for my borderlands playlist on my tablet
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jonwolsey4
F**k me and my life
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Can really sense the heavy R&B influence, can anybody say Ray Charles
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I first heard these guys on Borderlands 2. I love their music.
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swatson3974
First saw this on the game crew now it's one of my favorite songs
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ITENTIONAL TALK!
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Like listening to vintage James Brown...Good God, Y'all! Huh!!
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Horrible bosses ^-^
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Saw them on The Daily Show last night--they rock! Or should I say they funk? Either way, straight to my playlists today.
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Omigod brrrrr! Scares hell out of me that I like this.
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iduvijenmend o z a 1 3 1 3
Theyre good
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Love it
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Soulfulness!
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i luv it
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Great sound.#my work music.Thank u
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Do like what I'm hearing.
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My favorite color is pink
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Can't wait for the new album in April
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littlemeowth
Love this song "how do you like me now"
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cool and funky beat!
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This is an English band that shows us what the US can do with music. Its all US based sounds given the queens' grandeur.
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BORDERLANDS XD
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English rock is so much better than American rock right now. If you like these guys you should check out catfish and the bottlemen.
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yuibutsu2
Love love love this band!
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Between these guys, The Black Keys, & Gary Clark Jr., I could listen to all three of them all day long...
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OH GIRL
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Always Bangin'!
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Love it ! Great prince influence... . Feeling it !!
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More cow bell and tambourines will "set me free"
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Good s**t right here! (short change hero)
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I love this song so much that I love the heavy too much now it came from the movie 2 guns
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I love this song so much that I love the heavy too much now it came from the shows strikes back and suits
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I love this song so much that I love the heavy too much now it came from the movie Ted
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For Jeff fas in dry echt USC safe Kidd shiv kg he kip Ben jug fright rag got in self hyena img imbecile but erg not
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str8 stole this s**t from Dyke and the Blazers
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I love the beginning of "Can't play dead".....se t s the tone for the rest of the song.
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snst96
That's the spirit Jewel
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I'm shaking it woo woo
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Do YOU know? B/c I try my hardest but I want to be great
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BL2 is my favorite game!
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Every time they play on here I wonder why I'm dancing and feeling it. Then I look and it makes sense. Ha
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angbloved200 0
I'm diggin this
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nandiaris
Borderlands 2. Had this song and another Heavy song in it. Both for beginning and ending credits
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Instantly added as a seed to my mixed genre station Happy Funtime Radio. Check it out!
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Cool songs
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Mmmmm I get the mad feelz when I listen to this music...but mostly I feel like spaghetti
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Strike Back - cool!
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U should see my three year old grandson sing this song he really gets into it
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