Thee Hypnotics

Thee Hypnotics

Thee Hypnotics were a 1990s UK garage/psychedelic/hard rock band. They were part of the early alternative rock scene, releasing 2 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.

Jim Jones (Vocals)
Ray Hanson (Guitar)
Will Pepper (Bass)
Phil Smith (Drums 1990-1994)
Mark Thompson (Drums 1988-1989)
Robert Zyn (Rhythm Guitar 1991-1992)

Thee Hypnotics Discography Tracks


Thee Hypnotics Live'r Than God (Album) Sub Pop US 1989 Sell This Version
Thee Hypnotics Live'r Than God (MiniAlbum) Situation Two UK 1989 Sell This Version
Thee Hypnotics Come Down Heavy (Album) Situation Two US 1990 Sell This Version
Thee Hypnotics Soul Glitter & Sin (Tales From The Sonic Underworld) (Album) Situation Two Italy 1991 Sell This Version
Thee Hypnotics The Very Crystal Speed Machine (Album) SPV Recordings, American Recordings Europe 1994 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HIP-1 Thee Hypnotics Love In A Different Vein(7", Single) Hipsville HIP-1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Thee Hypnotics Justice In Freedom (Single) Situation Two, Situation Two UK 1989 Sell This Version
Thee Hypnotics Soul Trader (Single, Maxi) Situation Two UK 1989 Sell This Version
Thee Hypnotics Half Man Half Boy (EP) Situation Two, Situation Two UK 1990 Sell This Version
Thee Hypnotics Floatin' In My Hoodoo Dream Situation Two UK 1990 Sell This Version
Thee Hypnotics Shakedown (Maxi) Situation Two UK 1991 Sell This Version
Thee Hypnotics Coast To Coast (Maxi) Situation Two UK 1992 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-6863 Thee Hypnotics Heavy Liquid(CD, Single, Promo) American Recordings PRO-CD-6863 US 1994 Sell This Version
Launch 004 Thee Hypnotics Earth Blues '99(7", Ltd) Rocket Recordings Launch 004 UK 1998 Sell This Version


2-471-308-91 Thee Hypnotics Thee Hypnotics(Cass, Comp) Not On Label 2-471-308-91 Unknown Sell This Version

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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!


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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