The Shamen

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The Shamen Biography

The Shamen formed in Aberdeen, SCOTLAND, in 1986 originally comprising singer+guitarist Derek McKenzie, bass player Colin Angus, keyboardist Peter Stephenson and drummer Keith McKenzie.

The next year the quartet released the debut album "Drop".
In 1988 multi-instrumentalist William Sinnott replaced Derek McKenzie who had left the band; largely influenced by the nascent Techno Rave movement, the new line-up recorded the second LP, "Strange Day Dreams"; that same year Peter Stephenson and Keith McKenzie departed.
Angus and Sinnott continued to perform as a duo, the two relocated in London and set the 1989's "In Gorbachev We Trust" which contained the single "Jesus Loves Amerika".
Followed, a year later the fourth album "En-Tact" and its single "Progen"; unfortunately, just as they inexorably toppled towards commercial riches, Will Sinnott tragically drown in the Canary Islands, on 23 May of 1991.
After his death, "Move Any Mountain", broke into the top 10 of The Official U.K. Singles chart; in America became a huge club hit, reached the #4 slot on Modern Rock Tracks chart and eventually cracked the top 40 of The Billboard Hot 100, pushing "En-Tact" to #138 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums list.
In 1992 The Shamen's line-up comprised the founder member Colin Angus, DJ-rapper Mr. C, real name Richard West and vocalist Jhelisa Anderson, they released "Boss Drum" which spawned two major U.K. hit singles: the #1 "Ebeneezer Goode" and the top 10, "LSI (Love Sex Intelligence)", the latter of which topped the Billboard's Hot Dance charts Stateside.
During the second half of the '90s, The Shamen released three more full-length discs to little attention.

 

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