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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.   Make a Move
  3.   Last Train Home
  4.   Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)
  5.   Bring 'Em Down
  6.   Shinobi Vs. Dragon Ninja
  7.   The Dead
  8.   ...and She Told Me to Leave
  9.   Somedays
  10.   For Sure
  11.   Save Yourself
  12.   Where We Belong
  13.   Darkest Blue
  14.   Everyday Combat
  15.   Five Is a Four Letter Word
  16.   Weapons
  17.   Can't Get Enough
  18.   We Bring an Arsenal
  19.   Jesus Walks
  20.   The Light That Shines Twice as Bright...
  21.   Streets of Nowhere
  22.   If It Wasn't for Hate, We'd Be Dead by Now
  23.   A Better Nothing
  24.   Love
  25.   Still Falling
  26.   Heaven for the Weather, Hell for the Company
  27.   4: Am Forever
  28.   The New Transmission
  29.   Last Summer
  30.   Kobrakai
  31.   The Fake Sound of Progress
  32.   What You Do
  33.   A Thousand Apologies
  34.   If You Don't Stand For Something, You'll Fall For Anything
  35.   Every Song
  36.   For He's a Jolly Good Felon
  37.   Dirty Little Heart
  38.   Distances
  39.   Always All Ways (Apologies, Glances & Messed Up Chances)
  40.   For All These Times Son, For All These Times
  41.   Broken Hearts, Torn Up Letters & The Story of a Lonely Girl
  42.   Everybody's Screaming!!!
  43.   Can't Catch Tomorrow (Good Shoes Won't Save You This Time)
  44.   A Town Called Hypocrisy
  45.   We Are Godzilla You Are Japan
  46.   Sway
  47.   Goodbye Tonight
  48.   Hello Again
  49.   I Don't Know
  50.   To Hell We Ride
  51.   Burn, Burn
  52.   Ode to Summer
  53.   Never Know
  54.   We Still Kill the Old Way
  55.   It's Not the End of the World, But I Can See It from Here
  56.   Better Off Dead
  57.   A Million Miles
  58.   The Handsome Life of Swing
  59.   Heart on Loan
  60.   A Little Reminder That I'll Never Forget
  61.   A Song for Where I'm From
  62.   Another Shot
  63.   Dstryr/Dstryr
  64.   Lucky You
  65.   Directions
  66.   The Lesson, Pt. 1
  67.   Awkward
  68.   Start Something
  69.   Can't Stop, Gotta Date with Hate
  70.   Still Laughing
  71.   Next Stop, Atro City

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