Kula Shaker

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British indie-rock band formed by Crispian Mills and Alonza Bevan whilst at college in 1988. Various lineup and name changes (previous members included one of Hayley Mills' ex-boyfriends on vocals and previous monikers the band went under included The Kays and Objects of Desire), plus thanks to Crispian's pilgrimage in 1993, they are famously tinged with an Eastern-fused sound because of Crispian's Hinduism influences.

They originally split in 1999 amid personality clashes, record company intrusion and frustration of competing against the press' infamous lynching towards Crispian after some misinterpreted quotes in 1997. Crispian went on to record a project called Pi (the material never materialised) and The Jeevas. Alonza joined Johnny Marr's band Healers (2) and formed a short-lived band with Paul Winter-Hart called Shep. Winter-Hart also joined the short-lived Thirteen:13 and drummed for Aqualung. Jay Darlington joined Oasis (2) as a live and session musician and carried on with Beady Eye when they split in 2009.

In 2002 a compilation was released entitled "Kollected", which Crispian compiled and wrote sleeve notes for. It also featured a previously unreleased Bob Dylan cover, which was also the band's final recorded song before their split.

In 2004 the band "reformed" for a one-off song "Braj Mandala" on a charity compilation album 'School of Braja' which Crispian had been creative director of, also recording two new songs with The Jeevas too. Crispian laid down the basics of the song and asked the other members individually to play their parts on it. (Jay was the only member not to be involved due to his commitments with Oasis (2)). Crispian and Alonza soon began writing together again and planned a full return. Jamming in the studio birthed the "Revenge of the King" E.P. and a supporting mini-tour in 2005.

Harry Broadbent was hired in 2006 and officially became Jay's replacement.
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Albums

SHAKER1MC Kula Shaker - K album art Kula Shaker K (Album) Columbia SHAKER1MC Indonesia 1996 Sell This Version
PL/KULA01/01 Kula Shaker - Planet Live! album art Kula Shaker Planet Live!(CD, Promo, Transcription) Austereo MCM PL/KULA01/01 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
97-13 Kula Shaker - In The Zone album art Kula Shaker / Local H Kula Shaker / Local H - In The Zone(2xCD, Transcription) Westwood One 97-13 US 1997 Sell This Version
4931424003 Kula Shaker - Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts album art Kula Shaker Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts (Album, EP) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia 4931424003 Bulgaria 1999 Sell This Version
SFKS001CD Kula Shaker - Strangefolk album art Kula Shaker Strangefolk (Album) EMI SFKS001CD UK 2007 Sell This Version
SFKS003CDP Kula Shaker - Pilgrim's Progress album art Kula Shaker Pilgrim's Progress (Album) Strangefolk SFKS003CDP UK 2010 Sell This Version
SFKS007CD Kula Shaker - K2.0 album art Kula Shaker K2.0 (Album) Strangefolk SFKS007CD UK 2015 Sell This Version
SFKS 017LP Kula Shaker - Live In The East [End] album art Kula Shaker Live In The East [End](LP, Album) StrangeF.O.L.K LLP SFKS 017LP UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

KULA CD1 Kula Shaker - Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix) album art Kula Shaker Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix) (Single) Columbia KULA CD1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
ESCA 6499 Kula Shaker - Grateful When You're Dead album art Kula Shaker Grateful When You're Dead (EP) Epic ESCA 6499 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
XPCD 781, XPCD781 Kula Shaker - Grateful When You're Dead / Jerry Was There album art Kula Shaker Grateful When You're Dead / Jerry Was There (Maxi, Single) Columbia, Columbia XPCD 781, XPCD781 UK 1996 Sell This Version
KULA CD3K, KULA CD3 K Kula Shaker - Tattva album art Kula Shaker Tattva (Maxi, Single) Columbia, Columbia KULA CD3K, KULA CD3 K UK 1996 Sell This Version
663569 8 Kula Shaker - Hey Dude album art Kula Shaker Hey Dude (Single, Maxi) Columbia, Columbia 663569 8 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
JC 154937 Kula Shaker - Killing Me Softly / Tattva album art Fugees / Kula Shaker Fugees / Kula Shaker - Killing Me Softly / Tattva(7") Columbia JC 154937 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
CK 68514 Kula Shaker - Summer Sun E.P. album art Kula Shaker Summer Sun E.P. (EP) Columbia CK 68514 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
XPCD837 Kula Shaker - Govinda album art Kula Shaker Govinda (Single) Columbia XPCD837 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
KULA CD6 Kula Shaker - Hush album art Kula Shaker Hush (Maxi, Single) Columbia KULA CD6 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
XPCD974 Kula Shaker - Sound Of Drums album art Kula Shaker Sound Of Drums (Single) Columbia XPCD974 UK 1998 Sell This Version
JC 15549 7 Kula Shaker - Shower Your Love / Lullaby album art Kula Shaker / Shawn Mullins Kula Shaker / Shawn Mullins - Shower Your Love / Lullaby(7", Jukebox) Columbia JC 15549 7 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
ESK 41571, 8860, K 67822 Kula Shaker - Acquiesce / Interview / Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix) album art Oasis (2) / Kula Shaker Oasis (2) / Kula Shaker - Acquiesce / Interview / Tattva (Lucky 13 Mix)(CD, Enh + CD, Single + Ltd, Promo) Epic, Columbia, Columbia ESK 41571, 8860, K 67822 US 1998 Sell This Version
KULA 23CD Kula Shaker - Shower Your Love album art Kula Shaker Shower Your Love (Single) Columbia KULA 23CD UK 1999 Sell This Version
CK 41884 Kula Shaker - Mystical Machine Gun album art Kula Shaker Mystical Machine Gun (Maxi, Single) Columbia CK 41884 US 1998 Sell This Version
SHAKER 2CD, 4931429000 Kula Shaker - Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts album art Kula:Shaker* Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts(CD, Single, Ltd, Promo, Car) Columbia, Columbia, FNAC, FNAC SHAKER 2CD, 4931429000 France 1999 Sell This Version
ALVAR108 Kula Shaker - Revenge Of The King E.P. album art Kula Shaker Revenge Of The King E.P. (EP) Alvar Music ALVAR108 UK 2006 Sell This Version
none Kula Shaker - Revenge Of The King - Garage E.P. album art Kula Shaker Revenge Of The King - Garage E.P.(CDr, EP, Promo) Epic none Japan 2006 Sell This Version

Reviews

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March 3, 2018
The press hated this band and much of the fickle public were persuaded to believe that this band were capable of achieving nothing. Listen to their music with an open mind - when K was released it was cool to like Oasis (and/or Blur) and the UK was obsessed over the Spice Girls; this kind of music was proudly retro, spiritual and created by so called 'posh kids'; the album should've bombed...but it didn't - it sold bucket loads and the music magazines and radio stations hated them for it.
Despite this, the band has maintained a devoted fanbase over their stop/start career because their music is genuinely good. The level of songwriting is consistently high (although occasionally patchy in their last couple of albums) and the musicianship is excellent. I urge any newcomers to start with K and work forward - K remains their best album and in my mind of the best albums of the 1990s.

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