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There are at least two acts named Brainbox:

1. A Dutch psychedelic rhythm & blues band (founded late 1960s)
2. A Canadian electronic act (founded early 1990s)

1. The Dutch Brainbox is a late 1960’s/early 1970s Dutch rhythm & blues/psychedelic band that recently re-united. Star guitarist Jan Akkerman and drummer Pierre van der Linden were in Brainbox before he went on to form Focus. The original Brainbox’ main ‘weapon’, however, was the characterful, high-pitched voice of frontman, Kaz Lux.

The group’s 1970 début LP, Brainbox, was a major success in The Netherlands. Down Man was a hit in the United States also.

Shortly after the release of the début album, Akkerman and Van der Linden moved on to form Focus. Less than a year later, in 1971, Lux also left the band, which then released a second studio album, Parts (1972), in an almost completely new line-up. This album hardly had anything to do with the original Brainbox and was ignored by fans.

The 21st century saw two reunions of the (almost complete) original ‘1970 line-up’: the first in 2003, the second from 2009 onwards. 2011 even saw the release of a new studio album, entitled The 3rd Flood, Brainbox’ third studio album since 1970.

2. The Canadian Brainbox is Tom Third, who has worked as a professional composer for 20 years. He studied film and new media at The Ontario College of Art and Design and In 1991 signed an international recording deal with Nettwerk Records that has yielded three critically acclaimed electronica albums Transcontinental Weekend (1992), Primordia (1994) and Continuous City (2001).

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