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The Bees (known as “A Band of Bees” in America, owing to a rights conflict over their name) are a UK band from the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. Formed in 2000, the bandmembers are Aaron ‘Fletch’ Fletcher (bass), Paul Butler (vocals, keyboards, guitars), Kris Birkin (guitar), Tim Parkin (trumpet), Michael Clevett (drums) and Warren Hampshire (keyboards). Known for harking back to the 60s and 70s, with cheery pop and trips into the psychedelic, A Band of Bees record their albums in analog, notably recording their debut album in a garden shed.

To quote an Amazon review: “The best word to describe the music is bouncy — the Bees call on snappy drums and cheery basslines and guitar riffs for their sound, as well as some deeply moving Hammond organ. To finish off the sound, they inject some harmonies that would make the Zombies wipe away a tear of pride.”

Their influences cover soul, reggae, funk and motown, with artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Burt Bacharach, Up the Junction era Manfred Mann, The Kinks and Small Faces.

A Band of Bees started out as the duo of Paul Butler and Aaron Fletcher, both of whom hailed from the Isle of Wight. They recorded their debut album, Sunshine Hit Me, in a home studio in a shed in Butler’s parents’ garden. Butler and Fletcher, both multi-instrumentalists and singers, were avid record collectors and, even more so, avid record listeners with interests that extend back to the roots of British rock and into American soul, as well as a multitude of other directions.

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  • fowlhuman

    Shucks they should change the name to 'Banded Bees', and then when a few members leave the group later - the remains can be known as the 'Disbanded Bees', in fact the name 'Disbanded Bees' is pretty good in itself. Who cares anyway... reserving language for a few is daft at the best of times.

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • LisaWojcik

    <3

    22 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Injektilo623

    If you want the scrobbles to switch, suggest a correction. That's the only way to make it happen.

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • kreetik

    Does it really matter? I don't care what you call them, they are an awesome band.

    5 May 2010 Reply
  • whitejoee

    Honestly, A Band Of Bees is still a pretty phenomenal name if you ask me. Either way their music leaves almost all other bands in their dust. Long Live The BEES

    3 Apr 2010 Reply
  • datiswous

    Yes they are THE BEES all album covers agree on that, but not in the USA...............................................

    15 Jun 2009 Reply
  • fukmeimfamous

    yeah, i hope they convert all the "a band of bees" scrobbles to "the bees" sometime soon... my ac has been scrobbling them as a band of bees for ages, but yeah, it's THE BEES THE BEES THE BEES!!!

    22 May 2009 Reply
  • Applecrumble

    THE BEES...............simple as. Maybe Free The Bees is a secret message to us to say free the real name from the imposed one... FREE THE BEES! FREE THE BEES!

    31 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Lord Mike

    a band of bees? what the..

    27 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ConnyG

    Gotta love The Bees. Bloody American band making The Bees change to A Band Of Bees. Atrocious! The Bees, The Bees!

    30 Mar 2008 Reply
  • blackbirdtattoo

    so is it the album title 'free the bees' that started all the confusion about this band's actual name?? dear freedb.org and woxy.com and everyone else: DUDE, IT'S A BAND OF BEES. 2 of 3 album covers agree. i'm lookin' right at them.

    12 Mar 2008 Reply
  • astriddd

    these are the ghosts has my heart <3

    3 Jan 2008 Reply
  • megatoad

    bzzzzzz

    7 Jul 2007 Reply
  • EGO458

    I actually didn't like this before?

    2 Sep 2006 Reply
  • MaggotBrainz

    The Bees The Bees The Bees reeewreeow

    13 Apr 2006 Reply

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