Thee Hypnotics

Profile:
English garage/psychedelic rock band, formed in 1985 in High Wycombe. They were part of the early alternative rock scene, releasing two full-length albums and an EP from 1989-1990 before taking an enforced hiatus due to their drummer breaking his back in a car accident while they were on tour in the US. They later regrouped and released a couple more records but never achieved the mainstream success they seemed on the verge of reaching as their similar-sounding contemporaries The Black Crowes did. Their music was mostly influenced by late-60s bands like The Stooges, MC5, The Doors, early Led Zeppelin and Pink Fairies. They remain a largely-forgotten precursor to the stoner rock of today.

Thee Hypnotics disbanded in 1998 but they made a comeback in 2018 and released a box set "Righteously Re-Charged" consisting of all of their studio albums.

Current members:
Jim Jones (Vocals)
Ray Hanson (Guitar)
Phil Smith (Drums 1990-1998, 2018-)
Jeremy Cottingham (Bass, 1997-1998, 2018-)

Previous members:
Mark Thompson (Drums 1985-1989)
Adam Sharam (Bass, 1985-1986)
Chris Dennis (Bass 1986-1988)
Will Pepper (Bass, 1988-1992, 1993-1994)
Robert Zyn (Rhythm Guitar 1991-1992)
Craig Pike (Bass, 1992-1993)
Dave Danvers (Bass, 1995-1996)
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Albums

SP54 Live'r Than God — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Live'r Than God (Album) Sub Pop SP54 US 1989 Sell This Version
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SITUM 26 Live'r Than God — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Live'r Than God (MiniAlbum, Album) Situation Two SITUM 26 UK 1989 Sell This Version
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2320-4-H Come Down Heavy — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Come Down Heavy (Album) Situation Two 2320-4-H US 1990 Sell This Version
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05442 Soul Glitter & Sin (Tales From The Sonic Underworld) — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Soul Glitter & Sin (Tales From The Sonic Underworld) (Album) Situation Two 05442 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
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74321 26451 2 The Very Crystal Speed Machine — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics The Very Crystal Speed Machine (Album) American Recordings 74321 26451 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

HIP-1 Love In A Different Vein — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Love In A Different Vein (Single) Hipsville HIP-1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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SIT 62 Soul Trader — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Soul Trader (Single) Situation Two SIT 62 UK 1989 Sell This Version
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SIT 56 T Justice In Freedom — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Justice In Freedom (Single, Maxi) Situation Two, Situation Two SIT 56 T UK 1989 Sell This Version
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SIT 73T Floatin' In My Hoodoo Dream — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Floatin' In My Hoodoo Dream Situation Two SIT 73T UK 1990 Sell This Version
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SIT 67T Half Man Half Boy — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Half Man Half Boy (EP) Situation Two, Situation Two SIT 67T UK 1990 Sell This Version
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SIT 82 CD Shakedown — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Shakedown (Maxi) Situation Two SIT 82 CD UK 1991 Sell This Version
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SIT 94T Coast To Coast — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Coast To Coast (Maxi) Situation Two SIT 94T UK 1992 Sell This Version
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PRO-CD-6863 Heavy Liquid — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Heavy Liquid(CD, Single, Promo) American Recordings, Reprise Records PRO-CD-6863 US 1994 Sell This Version
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Launch 004 Earth Blues '99 — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Earth Blues '99(7", Ltd) Rocket Recordings Launch 004 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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Compilations

BBQLP 2147, BBQLP 2079, BBQLP 2080, B0028235-01, BBQLP 2150 Righteously Re-Charged — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Righteously Re-Charged(4xLP, Album, RE, RM + Box, Comp) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet, American Recordings, Beggars Banquet BBQLP 2147, BBQLP 2079, BBQLP 2080, B0028235-01, BBQLP 2150 UK 2018 Sell This Version
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none Thee Hypnotics — Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics(Cass, Comp, Promo) Not On Label (Thee Hypnotics Self-released) none UK Unknown Sell This Version

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Major-Alvega

Major-Alvega

August 3, 2012
Incredible how they are not a "Cult band"!

"Come Down Heavy" and !"Soul Glitter Sin" are two of the best albums of the 90's, hands down!

They will be discovered someday and my record collection will value overnight!
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hornraiser

hornraiser

February 15, 2012
it should be a crime that this band was/is so overlooked. as anyone whoever saw them live will confirm, they are truly one of the most kick ass bands of that era. their music still holds up too. any stoner rock band worth its salt knows about this band, but they are so much more than that - they are exceptionally musical, diverse, and full of fire (and good taste).

chris robinson (who i greatly respect) produced their last album, the very crystal speed machine, but he could only dream that the black crowes were as down and dirty (and tough as nails) as thee hypnotics (despite what is stated in the band's profile at the top of this page, the two bands sound nothing alike, but they do share a love for the blues). they should've been huge, but misfortune reared its head.

after the split, vocalist jim jones strapped on a guitar (who would've guessed that he can tear that up as well) and started black moses, who put out two rock-solid albums that are well worth tracking down (royal stink and emperor deb). currently, he is fronting the jim jones revue, which is reminiscent of jerry lee lewis with balls (of fire - sorry, i cound't resist!). i was recently watching dave letterman's show and was taken offguard to find the jim jones revue as the musical guest. does jim jones age? he doesn't look a day over 30 and is singing better than ever (check out the black moses song "hot grundies" for evidence).

i can't find any info on what guitarist ray hanson is doing these days, which is a shame because he is rock and roll to the bone - his guitar playing and tone is completely wicked and unique. if anyone has info on what ray hanson is doing these days, please clue me/us in.
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