Electric Six Biography
Hailing from Detroit, Michigan USA, Electric Six formed in 1996 and were originally known as The Wildbunch eventually putting out a full-length CD called "Rock Empire" and a few 7-inch singles on Flying Bomb Records. Led by frontman vocalist Dick Valentine, this Alternative Electro-Rock band features an ever changing line-up, which may well include guitarists Johnny Na$hinal and The Colonel, keyboardist Tait Nucleus, bass player John R. Dequindre and drummer Percussion World.
In 2002 the sextet signed to XL Recordings and recorded the first full-length release as Electric Six; the album entitled "Fire" was released in May 2003 and brought them into the top 40 of the Billboard Magazine's Independent Albums chart; the first single, "Danger! High Voltage", which features The White Stripes' Jack White on backing vocals, became a major hit in the U.K. climbing all the way to #2, it also hit the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart; two more minor hit singles followed with "Gay Bar" and "Dance Commander". The band was dropped by XL at the end of the year.
Electric Six then set out to secure another record deal, writing the bulk of what would become their second record, "Señor Smoke", which was eventually picked up by Warner Music U.K. for a February 2005 national release; it included the cover of Queen's "Radio Ga-Ga" and the free internet-only single "Vibrator"; the band finally put their sophomore album out in America in February 2006.
Their third offering, "Switzerland", was released in September 2006. The album was largely ignored, but the group continued to tour relentlessly.
October 2007 saw the release of the outfit's second American charting album, "I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being The Master", which hit #5 on the Billboard's Electronic Albums list.
Electric Six put out a new record, "Flashy", one year later; it reached #14 on the Top Electronic Albums chart.