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The F**king Champs

A heavy metal trio that rarely performs in front of real metal audiences, the F**king Champs are a peculiar outfit from San Francisco who hang with the indie rock crowd, while spitting out vile, perturbed hesher music. Former Nation of Ulysses guitarist Tim Green moved to San Francisco in 1995 and quickly hooked up with drummer Tim Soete and guitarist Josh Smith. With no bass and barely any vocals, the three of them formed the Champs The sound was pure, brutal riffage, with galloping power chords à la Judas Priest and occasional wanky bits. They released several homemade tapes with names like Triumph of the Air Elementals and Music for Films About Rock and a couple 7"s, all of which were difficult to find but available at their shows.

In 1997, they came out with their magnum opus, III (released under the name C4AM95 for God knows what reason), a double album that raged most furiously. In addition to the relentless riffs spewing forth from III, the F**king Champs came up with some fine, short electronic pieces with titles like "Now Is the Winter of Our Discoteque" and "Silent Night, Friendly Night." Their fondness for heavy rock and atmospheric electronics was shared by Trans Am, which sparked an ongoing friendship and collaboration. In 2000, the F**king Champs returned with IV, a deft, equally abrasive follow-up. The following year, Double Exposure, an EP from the supergroup Trans Champs, arrived. Sticking with the Roman numeral gimmick, they came back two years later with the equally ugly V.

The band went on hiatus soon after, and Smith left the group. During the recording of the next Trans Am/F**king Champs collaboration, the Champs experimented with different lineups before recruiting Trans Am's Philip Manley to become their second guitarist. The F**king Am's Gold, which also featured drumming by Jon Theodore of Golden and the Mars Volta, was released in 2004. The F**king Champs also delved into soundtrack work, crafting pieces for commercials and the Sims video games, as well as for the Italian horror film La Foresta Della Morte and for the featurettes on the DVD of the Dawn of the Dead remake. The band returned in 2007 with, of course, VI, and a retooled lineup: Smith retired from the group to play with bands such as the Makes Nice and Drunk Horse, leaving Manley as the F**king Champs' sole guitarist. ~ Adam Bregman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: V

1. Never Enough Neck Pt. 1

2. Never Enough Neck Pt. 2

3. Children Percieve The Hoax Cluster

4. I Am The Album Cover

5. Nebula Ball Rests In A Fantasy Claw

6. The Virtues Of Cruising

7. Aliens Of Gold

8. Air On A G-String

9. Hats Off To Music

10. Major Airbro's Landing

11. Policenauts 2000

12. Crummy Lovers Die In The Grave

13. Part Three

14. Happy Segovia

15. Chorale Motherf**ker

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Track List: IV

1. What's A Little Reign?

2. Esprit De Corpse

3. Policenauts

4. NWOBHM 2

5. Lamplighter

6. Thor Is Like Immortal

7. C'mon Smash The Quotile

8. These Glyphs Are Dusty

9. I Love The Spirit World And I Love Your Father

10. Vangelis Again

11. Lost

12. Extra Man

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Track List: III

1. Andres Segovia Interests Me

2. Valkyrie Is Dying

3. Don The Atmosphere

4. Heart To Heart

5. The Trees

6. Silent Night, Friendly Night

7. Some Words

8. Lee Tom

9. Now Is The Winter Of Our Discoteque

10. You're Feelings

11. Dale Bozzio

12. Sad Segovia

13. Amanda

14. 84

15. Flawless Victory

16. The Golden Pipes Trilogy: 1. The Golden Pipes

17. The Golden Pipes Trilogy: 2. On Seas Of Sorrow Sail Death's Ships

18. The Golden Pipes Trilogy: 3. Starlight On The Barrow Downs

19. Some Swords Reprise

20. Rom

21. Atop The Pyramid That Is You

22. Guns In Our Schools

23. Tonight, We Ride

24. The Tennis Book

25. You've Got A Thirst, Portland

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Track List: VI

1. Loge

2. Abide With Me

3. Spring Break

4. Fozzy Goes To Africa

5. Insomnia

6. Forgotten Chapter In The History Of Ideas

7. That Crystal Behind You? (Are You Channeling)

8. Play On Words

9. Champs Fanfare

10. Earthen Sculptor

11. Dolores Park

12. Column Of Heads

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I f**king love the f**king name of this f**king band. F**k! :D
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love this band
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why are people tripping out over a name again?
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Weird name!
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meganecuda
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allicat42707
People can name their bands whatever they like, idiots.
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meganecuda
Bad name why do you bleep? Call them the bleeping champs
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need you guys to reunite and go on tour around LA
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mackieb888
Guys cmon it's just a name. Stop hatin on it so much.
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bloodyraptor c l a w
Absolutely hate the name, I will thumbs down all songs just based on the name.
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sarahgran
I do not like your name
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kittymooquac k
Good music

Bad name
How do you expect kids to support your music?
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Dat name. Awesome Zelda cover
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You guys are not champs the only thing you are are f****** losers
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silasshook
Range you name I can't freaking say it or my mom will wash my mouth out with SOAP!!!
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I'm listening to Legend of Zelda rock and it is so freaking awesome!!!!
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Best f**king name ever
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They shuldn't name themselves that my teacher would kill me god dammit
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I agree
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The Zelda rock music is cool but I prefer the normal, orchestra , and the dubstep version
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The only band profile that made me laugh. For God knows what reason
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I remember opening up for these guys back in 2001 or so with a band I was in. To this day, I had no idea they played The Legend of Zelda (Overworld Theme).
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I have to agree with mistacappach i n o
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Like you and your mother
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Honestly heavy metal sucks, hard
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The album C4AM95 wasn't named so for God knows what reason--as I understand it, it was to get around liability because there was another band called The Champs. They changed their name, adding the F**king when the suit continued.
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Totally f ucking awesome!!!
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xfallenxange l _ 0 5
Really Good :)
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pfft.
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f**king awesome band. love their music! it's just sooooooo badass
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THESE GUYS ARE HOT ...
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Cool music.
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liked these guys for years and never knew the guitarist was from nation of ulysses.. one of my all-time favorites. f**king champs!
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bromide01
Fucking Champs fucking rule! Fuck YEAH!
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Wow this is like a hard rock version of Yes. Good job guys.
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Am I the only one that feels that these guys are kinda incorrectly classified as metal? Great band tho
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lwbailey
what the f**k it censored coh-jones?
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lwbailey
F**KING CHAMMMPPPPPP P S S S S ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

feed me these riffs endlessly i will never tire...

all y'all haters are sorely lacking in co**nes.
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More bands just need a jam album or two or three lol what is wrong with jamming out who needs vocals and a set rhythm really?
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awesome they don't bleep out the name on the player but everywhere else they do f**king just trying it out damn censors
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This is one instance where I really need to say, if you dont like it, dont listen to it and shut the f**k up.
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have melted walls with pure guitaring.
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The f**king chumps lawlz0rz. Sorry couldn't resist, yah talented guys, but the s**t goes nowhere. They need to find a melody, not just playin for the hell of it.
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the ultimate!
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Boring music
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youdroppedyo u r r a z o r
I went to school with Joshua, Adam Cantwell (everyone say who ?!). and Tim, and hated to miss a show anywhere, whether Bob's place in the trees next to the library, at the Red Room, etc., and much later, Live Soup, in Santa Cruz. Nine string Dan Electros with lipstick pickups, with Tim occasionally donning the Gibson Flying V! His vocals on Music For Films About Rock on their brilliant cover of Motley Crue's Merry Go Round, in addition to their never recorded (at least released) Johnny Bravo (wh
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