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Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins and guitarist Mike Lewis grew up together in the Cardiff satellite town of Pontypridd. They began blending musical genres as members of the band Public Disturbance. Watkins was a drummer at the time, but he moved to vocals when the pair first started experimenting as Lozt Prophetz. Watkins and Lewis flirted with ska and hip-hop at first, then came to an aggressive style of rock that mixed together their longtime love of metal and pop. They also changed the spelling to Lostprophets and added Lee Gaze (guitar), Stuart Richardson (bass), and Mike Chiplin (drums) to the lineup. After Lostprophets' demo was featured in Kerrang! magazine, U.K. independent label Visible Noise offered them an album deal in 2000. That year's The Fake Sound of Progress was recorded over the course of a week for roughly $4,000. Hitting the road to promote the album, the band played support slots with Linea 77, Taproot, Pitchshifter, Linkin Park, and the Deftones, and a huge show at the 2001 Reading Festival helped the fan base grow. Keyboardist Jamie Oliver joined the band to expand its sound, and Sony signed the band in the U.S., releasing a different version of The Fake Sound of Progress in 2001, one that had been remixed and "retooled" by famed producer Michael Barbiero. A North American tour followed. The album's successor, 2004's Start Something, proved that all the gigging had paid off. It debuted at number five on the U.K. charts and reached number 33 on the Billboard Top 200 despite having been leaked early on the Internet. More touring followed, including a sold-out show at the giant Cardiff International Arena and a main-stage performance at the 2004 Reading Festival. In 2005 the bandmembers were considering different producers for their third effort before deciding on Bob Rock, the man responsible for Metallica's self-titled "Black Album." Drummer Chiplin departed so Rock and the band recruited drummer Josh Freese -- who had worked with A Perfect Circle, Rob Zombie, and many others -- for recording sessions. The completed album, Liberation Transmission, was released at the beginning of summer 2006. The Betrayed arrived in 2010, followed by the group's fifth studio album, Weapons, in 2012. ~ David Jeffries
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  1.   Song
  2.   Last Train Home
  3.   Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)
  4.   Dirty Little Heart
  5.   Shinobi Vs. Dragon Ninja
  6.   The Handsome Life of Swing
  7.   A Town Called Hypocrisy
  8.   A Little Reminder That I'll Never Forget
  9.   Streets of Nowhere
  10.   It's Not the End of the World, But I Can See It from Here
  11.   If It Wasn't for Hate, We'd Be Dead by Now
  12.   4: Am Forever
  13.   To Hell We Ride
  14.   Save Yourself
  15.   Can't Get Enough
  16.   Bring 'Em Down
  17.   Every Song
  18.   For He's a Jolly Good Felon
  19.   Dstryr/Dstryr
  20.   For All These Times Son, For All These Times
  21.   A Million Miles
  22.   Hello Again
  23.   Make a Move
  24.   The Fake Sound of Progress
  25.   Never Know
  26.   Somedays
  27.   A Song for Where I'm From
  28.   Another Shot
  29.   Better Off Dead
  30.   The Light That Shines Twice as Bright...
  31.   Darkest Blue
  32.   Heaven for the Weather, Hell for the Company
  33.   Broken Hearts, Torn Up Letters & The Story of a Lonely Girl
  34.   Can't Catch Tomorrow (Good Shoes Won't Save You This Time)
  35.   Can't Stop, Gotta Date with Hate
  36.   The New Transmission
  37.   Sway
  38.   Goodbye Tonight
  39.   I Don't Know
  40.   Burn, Burn
  41.   The Lesson, Pt. 1
  42.   A Thousand Apologies
  43.   Five Is a Four Letter Word
  44.   ...and She Told Me to Leave
  45.   For Sure
  46.   We Bring an Arsenal
  47.   Lucky You
  48.   Directions
  49.   Still Falling
  50.   Everybody's Screaming!!!
  51.   Where We Belong
  52.   Kobrakai
  53.   The Dead
  54.   If You Don't Stand For Something, You'll Fall For Anything
  55.   Heart on Loan
  56.   Jesus Walks
  57.   Next Stop, Atro City
  58.   A Better Nothing
  59.   Distances
  60.   Love
  61.   Everyday Combat
  62.   We Are Godzilla You Are Japan
  63.   Last Summer
  64.   Start Something
  65.   We Still Kill the Old Way
  66.   Still Laughing
  67.   Awkward
  68.   Ode to Summer
  69.   Always All Ways (Apologies, Glances & Messed Up Chances)
  70.   What You Do
  71.   Weapons
  72.   10/10 Vision
  73.   Big Fish
  74.   Big in America
  75.   Consolidation
  76.   Freaks & Outcasts
  77.   Gotta Start Something
  78.   Intro
  79.   Remix City
  80.   Sounds of the Suburbs
  81.   That Difficult Sound Album
  82.   The Future Looks Tense

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