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    Fu Manchu

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    1Squash That Fly lyrics
    2Egor lyrics
    3Unknown World lyrics
    4Thinkin' Out Loud lyrics
    5Grasschopper lyrics
    6Strolling Astronomer lyrics
    7Eatin' Dust lyrics
    8Laserbl'ast! lyrics
    9Tilt lyrics
    10Over the Edge lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1King Of The Road [1996]
    2Start The Machine [2004]
    3Go For It Live [2003]
    5Daredevil [1995]
    6Signs Of Infinite Power [1996]
    7California Crossing [2002]
    8No One Rides For Free [1995]
    9Action Is Go [1997]
    10In Search Of... [1996]


    Fu Manchu is a Southern Californian stoner rock band, who released their debut single "Kept Between Trees" in 1990. The Rolling Stone describes their sound as:
    :"Super heavy and bass happy Detroit rock 'n' roll is totally deep-fried, fuzzed out, window breakin', pot sellin', sleepin-in-the-van, skater metal." http://www.rollingstone.com/artist/bio/_/id/1076?pageid=rs.ArtistDiscography&pageregion=navThe lyrics on Fu Manchu's releases tend to stick to the topics of pinball, muscle cars, UFOs/Bigfoot, and skateboarding. They have been featured on compilations put together by Tony Hawk and ESPN's X Games, invited to perform on the US television program Monster Garage, and featured in the recent documentary about skateboarding's founding crews, Dogtown and Z-Boys.

    History Fu Manchu originally formed in 1987 as a hardcore band known as ''Virulence''. Their primary influences were the bands Black Flag and Bl'ast. The line up was vocalist Ken Pucci, guitarist Scott Hill, bassist Greg McCaughey, and drummer Ruben Romano. In 1989 they released their debut LP ''If This Isn't a Dream...'' on Alchemy Records. In 1990, Pucci left the band and was replaced by vocalist Glen Chivens and they changed their name to Fu Manchu. They quickly released the ''Kept Between Trees'' 7 inch single on Slap A Ham Records. On this record, Fu Manchu still exhibited much of the hardcore sound established by Virulence. However, the band soon began to drift away from hardcore and towards a more 1970s hard rock style. McCaughey was not pleased with this, as he regarded this move to be following a trend; the Sub Pop record label was at the peak of its underground success at this time, and many of their bands were known for having a similar 70s rock sound. McCaughey left the band and was replaced by Mark Abshire. Chivens also left the band around this time for unknown reasons. Rather than bring in a new vocalist, Scott Hill added lead vocalist to his guitar duties. To compensate, Scott Votaw was recruited as lead guitarist. In 1992, Fu Manchu released three 7 inch singles: ''Senioritis'', ''Pick Up Summer'', and ''Don't Bother Knockin' (If This Vans Rockin')''. In 1993, Votaw left the band and was replaced by former Olive Lawn drummer Eddie Glass. In the wake of Nirvanaas success in the early 1990s, Fu Manchu was approached by a major record label and given funds to record a demo so that the label could determine if a proper Fu Manchu album was worth pursuing. According to members of Fu Manchu, they recorded the demo with no intention of signing to the label. Instead, their plan was to go into the sessions with the mindset of recording a proper album rather than a demo, which they would release independently. Sure enough, this is precisely what happened; Fu Manchu did not sign with the major label, but the recording sessions resulted in Fu Manchuas first album, No One Rides For Free (1994), which was released by Bong Load Records, an independent label. Abshire left Fu Manchu before they would record their second album, ''Daredevil'' (1995). He was replaced by Brad Davis. Romano and Glass left shortly after the release of Fu Manchu's third album, ''In Search Of...'' (1996) and were replaced by Brant Bjork and Bob Balch, respectively. Glass, Romano and Abshire soon formed Nebula, a power trio that took the jam-influenced side of Fu Manchu and expanded on it. Members of Nebula have commented that "we're all family" to fans wearing Fu Manchu shirts at their concerts.Fu Manchu went on to release several succesful albums and reinforce their reputation as a powerful live act. The band had gained this reputation over the years due to their performance when touring with bands such as Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Marilyn Manson, Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity, and White Zombie among others. Brant Bjork left the band after their 2002 release ''California Crossing'' to pursue his solo career and was replaced by former Sunshine drummer Scott Reeder (often mistaken for the former Kyuss, Unida, and Goatsnake bassist). In 2004, Fu Manchu have released their latest album, ''Start The Machine''.

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