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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." The group returned in 2017 with their sixth studio album, For Crying Out Loud. ~ 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.   Goodbye Kiss
  10.   Processed Beats
  11.   Empire
  12.   Underdog
  13.   British Legion
  14.   Man of Simple Pleasures
  15.   The Doberman
  16.   Fast Fuse
  17.   Me Plus One
  18.   Sun Rise Light Flies
  19.   Reason Is Treason
  20.   Stuntman
  21.   You're in Love With a Psycho
  22.   (Mortis)
  23.   All Through the Night
  24.   Julie and the Moth Man
  25.   Treat
  26.   Running Battle
  27.   Doberman/Take Aim
  28.   Sixteen Blocks
  29.   Comeback Kid
  30.   Eez-Eh
  31.   Bumblebeee
  32.   Re-Wired
  33.   Silver Bullet
  34.   Thick as Thieves
  35.   Pictures of Matchstick Men
  36.   Ovary Stripe
  37.   Butcher Blues
  38.   Cutt Off
  39.   Take Aim
  40.   Let's Roll Just Like We Used To
  41.   I.D.
  42.   III Ray (The King)
  43.   Put Your Life on It
  44.   Bless This Acid House
  45.   Good Fight
  46.   Twentyfourseven
  47.   Bumblebee
  48.   S.P.S.
  49.   Bow
  50.   Clouds
  51.   Explodes
  52.   Glass
  53.   Doomsday
  54.   Stevie
  55.   (Shiva)
  56.   Somebody to Love
  57.   Velociraptor!
  58.   Switchblade Smiles
  59.   West Ryder Silver Bullet
  60.   Happiness
  61.   Secret Alphabets
  62.   Ladies And Gentlemen, Roll The Dice
  63.   Swarfiga
  64.   Pan Am Slit Scam
  65.   55
  66.   The Nightworker's
  67.   Too Much Too Young
  68.   Apnoea
  69.   Seek & Destroy
  70.   By My Side
  71.   Pinch Roller
  72.   Orange
  73.   U Boat
  74.   Test Transmission
  75.   Neon Noon
  76.   West Ryder
  77.   Trash Can
  78.   The Party Never Ends
  79.   La Fée Verte
  80.   Acid Turkish Bath (Shelter From The Storm)
  81.   Wasted
  82.   I Hear Voices
  83.   Beneficial Herbs
  84.   Last Trip (In Flight)
  85.   (Levitation)
  86.   Are You Looking for Action?