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