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Kasabian took the British press by storm in the early 2000s by mixing traces of the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and Primal Scream with Oasis-sized confidence and DJ Shadow-influenced electronics. Named after Linda Kasabian, Charles Manson's getaway driver-turned-state witness, the Leicester-based group also stole a page from the Band by moving into a remote farmhouse to brew its music. Communal life and a slew of shared influences produced an electronic, rock-oriented sound that harked back to the Madchester days of baggy pants and druggy dancing. Kasabian expanded that sound on later albums, but the band's foundation remained rooted in swaggering, fragmented dance textures and boisterous rock & roll. With his acerbic approach to interviews, swaggering lead singer Tom Meighan quickly became a darling of the press during the band's infancy, and Kasabian's revolutionary logos and sleeve art only added to the excitement. Foldout poster sleeves, 10" versions, and hand-stenciled covers accompanied singles like "Club Foot," "L.S.F," and "Processed Beats." The hype paid off as Kasabian's self-titled debut cracked the Top Five in October 2004, just one month after its U.K. release. Four singles landed in the Top 20 within six months, establishing the bandmates as rock & roll royalty in the process. Founding guitarist Chris Karloff left the lineup two years later, citing creative differences with the remaining members. Kasabian's second album, Empire, had already been recorded, and guitarist Jay Mehler was brought aboard to replace Karloff during live performances. (Mehler eventually became an official member in 2008.) Empire was ultimately released in August 2006 and debuted atop the U.K. charts, with the title track soon becoming the band's third Top Ten hit. The band took home an NME Award in 2007 and began work on another album later that year. Dan the Automator was brought in to share production duties with Sergio Pizzorno, and the resulting U.K. chart-topper, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, appeared in 2009. Automator would return for the 2011 album Velociraptor!, featuring the lead single "Switchblade Smiles." In 2013, Mehler left the group and joined former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher in his group Beady Eye, but the band carried on as a four-piece and recorded a new album with Pizzorno in the producer's chair. Named after the album's total running time, 48:13 arrived in 2014, featuring the lead single "Eez-eh." In early 2017 the band issued a pair of brand new singles, "You're in Love with a Psycho" and "Are You Looking for Action," in anticipation of the release of their much-anticipated sixth studio album, For Crying Out Loud, which dropped later that May. ~ David Jeffries
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  1.   Song
  2.   L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)
  3.   Club Foot
  4.   Shoot the Runner
  5.   Vlad The Impaler
  6.   Days Are Forgotten
  7.   Where Did All The Love Go?
  8.   Fire
  9.   Processed Beats
  10.   Goodbye Kiss
  11.   Empire
  12.   The Doberman
  13.   Fast Fuse
  14.   Underdog
  15.   Sun Rise Light Flies
  16.   British Legion
  17.   Man of Simple Pleasures
  18.   Me Plus One
  19.   Reason Is Treason
  20.   Bumblebee
  21.   All Through the Night
  22.   Butcher Blues
  23.   Ill Ray (The King)
  24.   You're in Love with a Psycho
  25.   Clouds
  26.   (Levitation)
  27.   Doomsday
  28.   Stevie
  29.   (Shiva)
  30.   Somebody to Love
  31.   Re-Wired
  32.   I Hear Voices
  33.   Acid Turkish Bath (Shelter From The Storm)
  34.   West Ryder Silver Bullet
  35.   Secret Alphabets
  36.   Take Aim
  37.   By My Side
  38.   Pinch Roller
  39.   Orange
  40.   Pan Am Slit Scam
  41.   Cutt Off
  42.   I.D.
  43.   Doberman/Take Aim
  44.   Put Your Life on It
  45.   Bless This Acid House
  46.   Sixteen Blocks
  47.   The Party Never Ends
  48.   Good Fight
  49.   Are You Looking for Action?
  50.   Comeback Kid
  51.   S.P.S.
  52.   Eez-Eh
  53.   Explodes
  54.   (Mortis)
  55.   Bumblebeee
  56.   Fast Fuse / Pulp Fiction
  57.   Julie and the Moth Man
  58.   Velociraptor!
  59.   Switchblade Smiles
  60.   Neon Noon
  61.   Let's Roll Just Like We Used To
  62.   Beneficial Herbs
  63.   Happiness
  64.   Ladies And Gentlemen, Roll The Dice
  65.   Silver Bullet
  66.   West Ryder
  67.   Thick as Thieves
  68.   Swarfiga
  69.   55
  70.   The Nightworker's
  71.   Apnoea
  72.   Last Trip (In Flight)
  73.   Seek & Destroy
  74.   Stuntman
  75.   Trash Can
  76.   Ovary Stripe
  77.   U Boat
  78.   Test Transmission
  79.   Running Battle
  80.   Treat
  81.   Wasted
  82.   La Fée Verte
  83.   Bow
  84.   Twentyfourseven
  85.   Pictures of Matchstick Men
  86.   Too Much Too Young
  87.   Glass