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