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

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