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Formed in Oxford, England, by longtime friends Yannis Philippakis (guitar) and Jack Bevan (drums), along with Andrew Mears on vocals, guitarist Jimmy Smith, and bassist Walter Gervers, Foals -- whose name is a play on the etymology of Philippakis' name -- began as a way to protest against the proggier sounds that were both popular in Oxford and in Philippakis and Bevan's former band, the Edmund Fitzgerald. After releasing the single "Try This on Your Piano" in 2006, Mears left Foals in order to more fully concentrate on his other group, Youthmovies (formerly Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies), and Philippakis -- who had lived until he was seven in a tiny Grecian village -- added the role of lead vocals to his guitar-playing duties. Edwin Congreave, a fellow Oxford student the frontman had met when they were both working at the same bar, and who introduced the group to techno, soon joined in on keyboards, despite the fact he had never played the instrument before -- nor ever been in a band -- and the full lineup of Foals was completed. The quintet worked on perfecting its poppy, jittery, upbeat, math rock/post-punk sound by playing house parties around the area, and soon the group was signed to Transgressive Records, which released the singles "Hummer" and "Mathletics" in April and August of 2007, respectively. Foals picked up quite a buzz in the U.K., and in June 2007 they went to New York to record their debut album under the guidance of producer and TV on the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek. The sessions went well, but the bandmembers ended up not being happy with the final mix, choosing instead to remix it themselves, and issuing the full-length, Antidotes -- which, incidentally, included neither "Hummer" nor "Mathletics" -- in March of 2008, while Sub Pop picked up the album in the U.S. and gave it an April release, adding the two neglected singles as bonus tracks. Two years later the band returned with its sophomore album, Total Life Forever, released by Transgressive Records. After having songs appear on shows like Entourage and Misfits, the band returned in early 2013 with its third album, the expansive and more balanced Holy Fire, Foals' first record to chart outside of Western Europe, cracking the Billboard 200 in the U.S. and topping the album chart in Australia. A concert DVD/Blu-ray, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, followed that fall, and picking up where Holy Fire left off, the steady What Went Down arrived in the summer of 2015. ~ Marisa Brown
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  1.   Song
  2.   Miami
  3.   Inhaler
  4.   Cassius
  5.   Spanish Sahara
  6.   Olympic Airways
  7.   My Number
  8.   Mountain at My Gates
  9.   Total Life Forever
  10.   What Went Down
  11.   Red Socks Pugie
  12.   Balloons
  13.   This Orient
  14.   Bad Habit
  15.   Milk & Black Spiders
  16.   A Knife in the Ocean
  17.   Birch Tree
  18.   Two Steps Twice
  19.   London Thunder
  20.   Big Big Love
  21.   Blue Blood
  22.   Lonely Hunter
  23.   Everytime
  24.   Electric Bloom
  25.   Night Swimmers
  26.   Give It All
  27.   A Song for You
  28.   Out of the Woods
  29.   Prelude
  30.   Big Big Love (Fig #1)
  31.   What Remains
  32.   2 Trees
  33.   Black Gold
  34.   Alabaster
  35.   Like Swimming
  36.   Hummer
  37.   Snake Oil
  38.   Albatross
  39.   The Chronic
  40.   Moon
  41.   Stepson
  42.   Late Night
  43.   Brazil Is Here
  44.   Mathletics
  45.   Tron
  46.   Heavy Water
  47.   Big Big Love (Fig 2)
  48.   French Open
  49.   Providence
  50.   Astronauts and All
  51.   Fugue
  52.   After Glow
  53.   [CD-Rom Track]
  54.   [Silence]
  55.   Titan Arum
  56.   Girl U Want by Swedish House Mafia
  57.   One
  58.   Ted featuring Clark
  59.   London Girl featuring The Invisible
  60.   Mushrooms featuring Marshall Jefferson
  61.   Yes God is Real by Gospel Comforters
  62.   Twice Two Steps
  63.   Lights on the Bridge
  64.   Red Sock Pugie
  65.   Nothing Left Unsaid
  66.   XXXXX
  67.   Crème Anglaise

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