Audio Bullys Biography

The early impressions created by this London, England-based dance duo were somewhat misleading. When the single ‘We Don’t Care’ became their first major UK chart hit in 2003 it split the public opinion into love or hate, and coined the term ‘hooligan house’, which stuck despite its inaccuracy. In fact Simon Franks and Tom Dinsdale, who formed Audio Bullys in 2001 in Kingston-upon-Thames, take their influences from a wide range of music, from the Specials through to the bouncy garage beats of Todd Edwards and the rough vocals of the Stereo MC’s. The duo’s lyrics concentrate on modern urban living, again a double-edged sword as they crossed into public consciousness on the heels of the praised debut album by the Streets. Franks adopts a vocal style somewhere between speech and song, but the music, geared by Dinsdale’s sensibilities as a DJ, is propelled towards the dancefloor. This was further emphasised by their appearance on the bill at Erick Morillo’s Ibiza nights at Subliminal in the summer of 2002, followed by a collaboration between the two on the single ‘Break Down The Doors’. The band’s live reputation grew after a shaky start, and their most notable single success came in 2005. ‘Shot You Down’, which took Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ as its starting point, scored off the back of the original enjoying a high profile in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movie. The next single, ‘I’m In Love’, was followed by the outfit’s second album. Like their Ego War debut this remained sparsely textured and free of frills, the riff-based music complementing a free and easy vocal approach. Audio Bullys’ contribution to DMC’s Back To Mine mix series, released in 2003, was typically diverse, including music from the Stranglers, the Prodigy and Marvin Gaye.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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