Matt Berry (3)

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Matthew Charles Berry
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Born in May 2, 1974, Bromham, Bedfordshire, England, Matt Berry is an actor and musician best known for his roles on the British sitcoms The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, and more recently internationally as Lazlo on the FX vampire comedy series What We Do in the Shadows, based on the New Zealand comedy film of the same name. Along with Rich Fulcher, he created and starred in the cult comedy series Snuff Box, which featured songs written and composed by Berry. He also wrote the 2004 parody rock opera AD/BC for BBC Three. As well as an actor, Matt also has a very colourful musical career and has released 10 albums, most of which through the label 'Acid Jazz'. The majority of his music is self composed, but every now and then, he has input from his band, 'The Maypoles', who also perform live on Matt's concerts. His most famous song is 'Take My Hand', as used in 'Snuff Box' during the Elton John sketch, and in 'Toast Of London', as the main theme. His theme to 'Snuff Box' was also featured very briefly in the blockbuster movie 'Dredd' and was covered by the American R&B artist 'Geno Washington'. Berry's music style varies from progressive rock, to experimental folk, all tied together with an electronic feel, with various reoccurring melodies in some songs. His inspiration comes from musicians such as 'Jean-Michel Jarre' and 'Vangelis', who he played as a cameo on 'Shooting Stars'.
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none Jackpot — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Jackpot(CD, Album) Rillington Players none UK 2000 Sell This Version
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none Opium — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Opium (Album) Rillington Players none UK 2005 Sell This Version
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SEV1178 Snuff Box — Matt Berry (3) Rich Fulcher - Matt Berry (3) Rich Fulcher - Matt Berry (3) - Snuff Box(DVD-V, Copy Prot., Reg + CD, Album, Ltd) Severin Films SEV1178 US 2010 Sell This Version
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AJXCD251 Witchazel — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Witchazel (Album) Acid Jazz AJXCD251 UK 2011 Sell This Version
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AJXCD327 Kill The Wolf — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Kill The Wolf (Album) Acid Jazz AJXCD327 UK 2013 Sell This Version
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AJXCD321 Music For Insomniacs — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Music For Insomniacs (Album) Acid Jazz AJXCD321 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
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AJXCD 397 Matt Berry And The Maypoles Live — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) And The Maypoles Matt Berry (3) And The Maypoles - Matt Berry And The Maypoles Live (Album) Acid Jazz AJXCD 397 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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AJXLP404 The Small Hours — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) The Small Hours (Album) Acid Jazz AJXLP404 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
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none Night Terrors (Nocturnal Excursions in Music) — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Night Terrors (Nocturnal Excursions in Music) (Album) Acid Jazz none UK 2017 Sell This Version
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AJXLP450 Television Themes — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Television Themes (Album) Acid Jazz AJXLP450 UK 2018 Sell This Version
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AJXCD536 Phantom Birds — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Phantom Birds (Album) Acid Jazz AJXCD536 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
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AJXLP578M The Blue Elephant — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) The Blue Elephant (Album) Acid Jazz AJXLP578M UK & Europe 2021 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

AJX252S Badger's Wake — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Badger's Wake (Single) Acid Jazz AJX252S 2010 Sell This Version
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none Summer Sun EP — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Summer Sun EP(6xFile, MP3, EP, 160) Not On Label (Matt Berry (3) Self-released) none UK 2010
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AJX263P So Low (Rough Trade Exclusive) — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) So Low (Rough Trade Exclusive) (Single) Acid Jazz, Rough Trade AJX263P UK 2011 Sell This Version
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AJX258S Take My Hand C/W Gather Up — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Take My Hand C/W Gather Up (Single) Acid Jazz AJX258S UK 2011 Sell This Version
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none A Christmas Song — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) & Everyone (9) Matt Berry (3) & Everyone (9) - A Christmas Song(CDr, Single, Promo) Not On Label none UK 2011 Sell This Version
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none The Signs — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) The Signs (Single) Acid Jazz none UK 2013 Sell This Version
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AJX336S Medicine — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Medicine(CDr, Single, Promo) Acid Jazz AJX336S UK 2013 Sell This Version
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AJXCD337 Kill The Wolf EP — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Kill The Wolf EP(CD, EP, Ltd) Acid Jazz AJXCD337 UK 2013 Sell This Version
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AJX355S Music For Insomniacs Part IV — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Music For Insomniacs Part IV(7", Single, Ltd) Acid Jazz AJX355S UK & Ireland 2014 Sell This Version
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AJX373S This Is The Lie (And That's The Truth) / October Sun — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) / Mark Morriss Matt Berry (3) / Mark Morriss - This Is The Lie (And That's The Truth) / October Sun (Single) Acid Jazz AJX373S UK 2014 Sell This Version
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none Gone For Good — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Gone For Good(CDr, Single, Promo) Acid Jazz none UK 2016 Sell This Version
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none One By One — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) One By One(CDr, Single, Promo) Acid Jazz none UK 2016 Sell This Version
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none Lord Above — Matt Berry (3) Matt Berry (3) Lord Above(CDr, Single, Promo) Acid Jazz none UK 2017 Sell This Version

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attractiveco

attractiveco

May 7, 2021
I was still rotf laughing at him in The Mighty Boosh when I heard Solstice and was absolutely blown away. Have been buying everything ever since!
speccydoughboy

speccydoughboy

May 30, 2020
I wish they would release the Nadja & Laszlo album "Sing Songs For Love And Terror" for real. Would be great to hear those classics "(Witches Are) Snitches" and "Hoop Skirt, Poop Skirt" plus "Chum On Irene".
bell-end

bell-end

October 18, 2019
I just think Matt is an incredibly talented guy.over the past 15 years he has brought me so much joy. If I could've made an album it would be 'music for insomniac's.if I could have made a sitcom it would be 'snuff box'.
It is my fond hope that I might get to work with him at some point.
curtisryan9

curtisryan9

April 15, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
A one of the most shocking and life changing moments that has ever happened to me - discovering music by Matt Berry. Some might dismiss the fact he makes music by thinking its just for fun and it is comedic - you couldn't be more wrong...
'Opium' (2005), his first album - sure, it has a few funny, quirky elements, but behind that is as strong standing, well produced, composed and performed album, nearly all by Matt himself. My highlights: 'White Hood' and 'Opium'.
After that, he released 'Witchazel' (2011), it has less of the 'funny' elements of 'Opium' and builds on the theme of the 'ye olde' era Matt is so fond of. 'Take My Hand' was used as the theme to 'Toast Of London', hence bringing most people to this album first. My highlights: 'Woman' and 'The Badger's Wake'.
Then, he released 'Kill The Wolf' (2013), this is considered by most, Matt's best album, although I like every album so far, they couldn't be more right. This nails the 'ye olde' theme and adds a 'mystical', if not a 'Wicker Man' element, with songs such as 'Signs' and 'The Bonfire'. My highlights: 'October Sun' and 'Fallen Angel'.
A year later saw him release 'Music For Insomniacs' (2014), this is a drastic change to his earlier music, giving out the vibe of a 'Jean Michel Jarre' / 'Vangelis' feel. The entire album is split into two, twenty-odd minute parts. It's a sleep-inducing, trippy, relaxing synth lullaby, again, with that 'mystical' Matt Berry feel. My highlights: Listen to it all, in one go. Now. Right this instant.
Up until writing this review, the last album he gave us was 'The Small Hours' (2016), this has got to be the best one I've heard yet. Less of the 'mystical' feel, if not a more 'scientific' feel, for me anyway. My highlights: 'The Peach And The Melon' and 'Obsessed And So Obscure'.
So up until now, this is my review. Check out his singles, that include non-album tracks (b-sides) such as 'Autumn Equinox' and 'Lost Contact' and also his live album 'Matt Berry And The Maypoles Live' - again, you wont be disappointed.
Thanks Matt, for such great music, its refreshing in this age of artificial noise.
Jarren

Jarren

November 19, 2015
Primarily seen as a comedy actor / writer for television, you could be forgiven for investigating his music with a sense of uneasy doubt.

However, once you realise that not only is he accomplished as an actor but also as a songwriter (fans of Snuff Box will know this especially), you can open your mind to the immense talent that Matt also possesses as a serious musician.

From his earlier Folk albums to his newest LP, the electronic opus that is "Music For Insomiacs", there is a quality and energy that is very unique.

He may answer "Jean Michel Jarre" on Mastermind, he may be Vangelis on Shooting Stars, but he most definitely is Matt Berry.

A Man amongst men.

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