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Mansun

Arriving in the aftermath of Brit-pop, Mansun was one of the first British guitar bands to depart from the prevailing styles of the mid-'90s, leaving both light, Beatlesque pop and studied trad-rock behind. Mansun had more in common with early-'90s bands like Suede and the Manic Street Preachers, groups that stood defiantly outside of the pop spotlight, yet managed to cultivate a devoted fan base. By combining a dark, grandiose vision with the driving intensity of hard rock and the stylish swagger of New Romanticism, Mansun didn't sound a thing like their contemporaries. While their first singles earned a devoted audience, the British music press didn't focus heavily on the group, so it came as a surprise when their debut album, Attack of the Grey Lantern, debuted at number one in early 1997, knocking the long-awaited Blur comeback off the top of the charts. But by that time, Mansun had been hailed as one of the best new bands of the year, and the record was praised throughout the U.K. music press, making the group one of the most respected and popular new British groups of 1997.

Led by guitarist/vocalist Paul Draper, Mansun formed in Chester, England in the mid-'90s. Draper met Stove King (bass) at Wrexham Art College, discovering that the pair shared a fondness for new wave acts like Duran Duran and ABC, as well as Prince, Pink Floyd, and David Bowie. The pair, who worked at a photo laboratory together, met Dominic Chad (lead guitar) at a local pub he was managing. Forming under the name Grey Lantern, the trio began playing, supported by a series of drummers. After being told by an acquaintance that Grey Lantern was the worst name he had ever heard, the group changed their name to Mansun, which was a truncation of a Verve B-side "A Man Called Sun."

Early in 1996, the group released the limited-edition single "Take It Easy Chicken" on their own Sci Fi Hi Fi label, and it entered the playlist for Radio 1. Shortly afterward, Andy Rathbone became their permanent drummer. Initially, the U.K. music weeklies tagged Mansun as one of the crowd of post-Oasis, lad-rock bands, primarily because of Chad's heavy drinking and alcohol-fueled antics. Over the course of the year, the guitarist sobered up and the band released a series of singles, each more ambitious than the one before. By the end of the year, they had earned their first Melody Maker cover. In February of 1997, Mansun released their debut album Attack of the Grey Lantern on Parlophone Records. It unexpectedly entered the charts at number one, earning enthusiastic reviews in the process. Six appeared two years later; it didn't fare as well as their first album, but Mansun wowed college audiences with the title track. The band's third effort, Little Kix, did even worse, barely receiving recognition in the States when it appeared in summer 2000. Although work began on a fourth album in spring 2002, Mansun split up in May 2003. The results of the new material appeared on the two-disc collection Kleptomania in 2004. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Legacy: The Best Of Mansun

1. I Can Only Disappoint U

2. Wide Open Space

3. Stripper Vicar

4. Being A Girl Pt. 1

5. Negative

6. Take It Easy Chicken

7. Legacy

8. She Makes My Nose Bleed

9. Closed For Business

10. Six

11. Getting Your Way

12. Electric Man

13. Chad Who Loved Me

14. Egg Shaped Fred

15. Slipping Away

16. Fool

17. Taxloss

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Track List: Kleptomania

Disc 1

1. Getting Your Way

2. Slipping Away

3. Keep Telling Myself

4. Harris

5. Love Remains

6. Cry 2 My Face

7. No Signal / No Complaints

8. Home

9. Fragile

10. Wanted So Much

11. Good Intentions Heal The Soul

Disc 2

1. Take It Easy Chicken

2. Everyone Must Win

3. Closed For Business

4. Ski Jump Nose

5. Can't Afford To Die

6. Railings

7. Flourella

8. Decisions Decisions

9. Been Here Before

10. My Idea Of Fun

11. When the Wind Blows

12. Check Under The Bed

13. Skin Up Pin Up

14. I Care

15. The World's Still Open

Disc 3

1. Rock 'N' Roll Loser

2. Secrets

3. These Days (Full Length Version)

4. It's Ok

5. Drones

6. Right To The End Of The Earth

8. Love Is... (Home Demo)

9. Love Remains (Home Demo)

10. Shot By Both Sides (Live)

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Track List: Little Kix

1. Butterfly (A New Beginning)

2. I Can Only Disappoint U

3. Comes As No Surprise

4. Electric Man

5. Love Is...

6. Soundtrack 4 2 Lovers

7. Forgive Me

8. Until The Next Life

9. Fool

10. We Are The Boys

11. Goodbye

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Track List: Six

1. Six

2. Negative

4. Anti Everything

5. Fall Out

6. Serotonin

7. Cancer

8. Television

9. Special/Blown It (Delete As Appropriate)

10. Shotgun

11. Being A Girl

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Track List: Attack Of The Grey Lantern

1. The Chad Who Loved Me

2. Wide Open Space

3. She Makes My Nose Bleed

4. Naked Twister

5. Take It Easy, Chicken

6. You, Who Do You Hate?

7. Mansun's Only Love Song

8. Taxloss

9. Disgusting

10. Egg Shaped Fred

11. Dark Mavis

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still amazing...On e of the top 25 albums of the last 25 years...grea t song
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nabster1134
mansun is impressive. the lyrics and vocals are just
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Love Mansun! Their lyrics are insane and they need to be medicated for major depressive disorder. Great band that doesn't get enough notice for all the freaky creativity they packed into a few albums.
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I can't get the image out of my head that the lead singer is a 16-year old kid onstage in a pub, trying to imitate his mid-80s glam-rock heroes. Sorry, but that's what that nose-whine voice tells me. I am curious, tho - would Mansun be considered a precursor to Kasabian?
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the lyrics for 'six' are sort of totally off....
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Only heard Take It Easy Chicken, but I like that song. So, since no one has given them props since May of 2009 , I thought I would.
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This goes right along with my Eagles station .... oh wait. WTH is this?
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swordmarine9
This is an amazing band. One of my favorites among Audioslave and RATM.
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Pan Dulce?
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