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Cast (1): A Britpop band formed in Liverpool, England in 1993.
Cast (2): Progressive rock band from Mexico, active since the late ’70s.
Cast (3): Norwegian rapper from the late ’90s.
Cast (4): Russian IDM / Glitch project.
Cast (5): A Romanian hip-hop group.

(1): Cast was formed in 1993 by John Power, the former bassist of The La’s. They released four albums between 1995 and 2001. Cast were at the height of their popularity during the mid-90’s Britpop movements. Whilst popular, they were seen as one of the “lesser” bands of the moment, often overshadowed by the likes of more popular bands such as Blur, Oasis and Pulp. It has been suggested that the name “Cast” was taken from the final line of the final song on The La’s eponymous (and only) album. The song “Looking Glass” ends with the line “”The stone is cast, the glass is smashed”.

After the commercial failure of their final studio album Beetroot in 2001, Cast split in 2002. John Power would subsequently release a solo album. In 2005 it was announced The La’s were reforming with John Power included, this would seem to preclude any comeback for Cast for the foreseeable future.

A 2004 greatest hits album - The Collection - also failed to chart. It was criticised as it failed to feature the hit singles “Alright” and “Walkaway” from their most popular release All Change and was comprised largely of album tracks.

Since 2002 Peter Wilkinson has recorded and toured with a number of artists including Ian McCulloch and McCulloch’s reformed band, Echo & the Bunnymen.


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