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James Braddell and Keir Fraser spent a big chunk of the '80s playing in industrial bands throughout Europe and the United States before settling to Rome in 1992. By forming 9 Lazy 9 that same year, the two of them scrapped the dark, metal riffs for more of a jazzier, funkier, dance production. Resulting in a deal with Ninja Tune, 9 Lazy 9 released the single "Monk's Dream" in 1993 followed by the full-lengths Paradise Blown (1994) and Herb (1995). Their second single "Take Nine" came out three years later. An eight-year hiatus preceded the release of 2003's Sweet Jones. ~ Mike DaRonco