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Album Review

Thee Hypnotics' debut release, Liv'r Than God!, is perhaps the most accurate, though not the best, articulation of Stooges influence ever, as vocalist James Jones emulates Iggy Pop at every possible moment. Though the guitar chops also emit The Stooges psychedelic blues vibe, the music in its entirety is a bit more jam-oriented than The Stooges' recordings. The final four tracks, including an inspired cover of B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby," are taken from a London concert. Liv'r Than God captures the group at its inception before they began to flirt with cock-rock mannerisms.

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Maximum Rock n Roll

Hyped as a new stooges meets mc5 but delivering live like a raucous Hendrix meets stones meets The Who with a dose of small faces. Thee Hypnotics were probably the best English band of their generation. While the press got caught up in Oasis and anything from Manchester in a track suit Thee Hypnotics were blasting stateside on Subpop with the first wave of grunge. Cited as an influence by grunge, stoner and indie bands these guys tore a hole in the sky. As the song goes justice in freedom, with time Thee Hypnotics will get some justice and will be recognised as a truly influential band.


Formed: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, En

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Fusing hard rock muscle with the high-decibel rebellion of Detroit rock trailblazers such as the MC5 and the Stooges, Thee Hypnotics' maximum-impact approach came along just as the likeminded grunge explosion was starting to take off, and while the band never quite broke through in the United States, it won its fair share of press and popularity at home in the United Kingdom. Comprised of vocalist James Jones, guitarist Ray Hanson, bassist Will Pepper, and drummer Mark Thompson, Thee Hypnotics came...
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