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軟硬天師 (“Softhard” is the band’s name in English) is a duo from Hong Kong. The two members, 林海峰 (Jan Lamb, also Lamb Dog) and 葛民輝 (Eric Kot Man Fai) were both born in Hong Kong. Lamb and Kot were classmates in college and ended up working together at designing window displays after graduation. Lamb is brother to a well-known DJ (林珊珊) and started producing a game segment on her radio show in the mid 1980s. Their name stemmed from their approach: Lamb will be the “hard” host who strove to make the games difficult for the listener, and Kot will be the “soft” host who gave hints and help. Their segment became more and more popular, with their slightly absurdist humor and frequent reference to pop culture of the time.

The duo eventually got signed by a label and began producing albums. 軟硬天師 stood out from their peers in two ways. First, they did not replicate the bubble-gum can-pop, nor did they pour out an endless strings of sappy love songs. Their musical style appeared to borrow heavily from the street and hip-hop music of the U.S. They also sampled and re-used old songs fairly heavily early on, e.g. their album 廣播道軟硬殺人事件 contained many exclusively of sampled songs or covers with their own lyrics. Later, their albums began to feature more songs that were their own creations.

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