Plone are Billy, Mike and Mark. They formed in late 1996 in Birmingham, where they started gigging, supporting other local bands Broadcast and Pram. In September 1997 they released the single "Press A Key" after being approached by Keith Jenkins (8) of Wurlitzer Jukebox. Snapped up by Warp on the strength of this single they introduced themselves with "Plaything" on the "WAP 100: We Are Reasonable People" compilation and played live at John Peel's Meltdown festival.

In September 1998 "Plock", their first single release for Warp, brought about much critical acclaim. Such reviews resulted in Plone being tipped for 1999 in publications as diverse as Muzik, Music Week, Dazed and Confused as well as being listed as one of the singles of 1998 by the NME and single of the year by the Melody Maker.

They began to build collections of old drum machines, analogue synthesisers and effects. Their musical influence came from music that has shown an imaginative and loose sense of technological experimentation whilst retaining a pop sensibility. Influences like Kraftwerk, John Barry, The Upsetters, The Beach Boys, Flying Lizzards, Suicide, Sun Ra, Joe Meek and 80's electro pop.


Plone - For Beginner Piano album art Plone For Beginner Piano (Album) Warp Records US 1999 Sell This Version

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Plone - Press A Key album art Plone Press A Key Wurlitzer Jukebox UK 1997 Sell This Version
Plone - Plock album art Plone Plock (Single) Warp Records UK 1998 Sell This Version


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November 20, 2003
Much under-rated Warp artists, and fellow brummies :) Plock is undoubtibly their finest release, along with their excellent remix of the classic tricky disco! Now after getting dropped by warp ?!?!? they have gone their own ways, and mike has formed mike in mono who are going to have a big future in the electronic world with their spectrumesque melodies and crunchy beats. Goodbye Plone.....Long live Mike in Mono!!!


August 9, 2001
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For fans of Air and /or Jean-Jacques Perrey. Sweet wackiness from start to finish. Never groundbreaking, but highly enjoyable nevertheless. 'For Beginner Piano' is their best work to date. (aug 2001) - Mil

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