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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 leadoff 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." ~ 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.   Fast Fuse
  14.   British Legion
  15.   Sun Rise Light Flies
  16.   Me Plus One
  17.   The Doberman
  18.   Man of Simple Pleasures
  19.   Reason Is Treason
  20.   Let's Roll Just Like We Used To
  21.   Test Transmission
  22.   Bow
  23.   Butcher Blues
  24.   (Mortis)
  25.   La Fée Verte
  26.   Secret Alphabets
  27.   Take Aim
  28.   U Boat
  29.   Ladies And Gentlemen, Roll The Dice
  30.   Last Trip (In Flight)
  31.   Stevie
  32.   Eez-Eh
  33.   I.D.
  34.   S.P.S.
  35.   Clouds
  36.   (Levitation)
  37.   Glass
  38.   Treat
  39.   Bumblebeee
  40.   Velociraptor!
  41.   Re-Wired
  42.   I Hear Voices
  43.   Beneficial Herbs
  44.   West Ryder
  45.   Thick as Thieves
  46.   Pan Am Slit Scam
  47.   55
  48.   The Nightworker's
  49.   Too Much Too Young
  50.   Apnoea
  51.   Stuntman
  52.   By My Side
  53.   Trash Can
  54.   Ovary Stripe
  55.   Pinch Roller
  56.   Cutt Off
  57.   Running Battle
  58.   Orange
  59.   Neon Noon
  60.   Pictures of Matchstick Men
  61.   Julie and the Moth Man
  62.   Somebody to Love
  63.   (Shiva)
  64.   Seek & Destroy
  65.   Switchblade Smiles
  66.   Acid Turkish Bath (Shelter From The Storm)
  67.   Happiness
  68.   West Ryder Silver Bullet
  69.   Explodes
  70.   Silver Bullet
  71.   Swarfiga
  72.   Doomsday

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