Thee Mighty Caesars

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


UK band formed in 1985, Thee Mighty Caesars were fronted by Billy Childish (William Charlie Hamper, 13 December 1958, Chatham, Kent, England), previously of the Pop Rivets and (Thee) Milkshakes. This new venture subscribed to the ethos that music should be immediate and unpolished. Each of their releases boasted a rough and ready sound akin to US garage bands and noted guitarist Link Wray, dubbed ‘the Medway Sound’ after a river in Kent. Thee Mighty Caesars was recorded with the aid of the Prisoners (minus Mickey Hampshire) and, unsurprisingly, it sounds similar to Childish’s previous venture. Beware The Ides Of March is marginally more refined, a trend continued on Thee Caesars Of Trash and Acropolis Now, which featured members of girl-group the Delmonas in support. The deceptively titled Live In Rome mixes previously issued tracks with cover versions of songs by the Damned, Sex Pistols and Chuck Berry, with fake crowd noises dubbed on top....

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