The Shamen

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


From the ashes of the moderately successful Alone Again Or in 1986, the Shamen had a profound effect upon contemporary pop music over the next half decade. Formed in Aberdeen by Colin Angus (24 August 1961, Aberdeen, Scotland; bass), Peter Stephenson (b. 1 March 1962, Ayrshire, Scotland), Keith McKenzie (b. 30 August 1961, Aberdeen, Scotland) and Derek McKenzie (b. 27 February 1964, Aberdeen, Scotland; guitar), the Shamen’s formative stage relied heavily on crushing, psychedelic rock played by a relatively orthodox line-up. Their debut album, Drop, captured a sense of their colourful live shows and sealed the first chapter of the band’s career. Soon after, Colin Angus became fascinated by the nascent underground hip-hop movement. Derek McKenzie was rather less enamoured with the hardcore dance music explosion and departed, allowing Will Sinnott (b. William Sinnott, 23 December 1960, Glasgow, Scotland, d. 23 May 1991; bass) to join the ranks and further...

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