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Biography

There are numerous acts that use, or have used, the name Flash, including:
1) a UK prog rock band led by Peter Banks from 1971 to 1973
2) a German trance duo
3) an alternative rock group from New Zealand
4) a trance artist aka The Flash Brothers
5) a jazz / downtempo act
6) an Australian dubstep producer
7) the stagename of Bernt Jansen, bassist of Wig Wam
8) a Mongolian hip-hop group
9) a Hungarian rock 'n' roll band
10) a solo artist from the north of England
11) an early 70s American rock and roll band, local to Buffalo, N.Y.
12) a Latvian pop band
13) a 1989 side-project by Prince with Margie Cox.

1) Flash was an English progressive rock group, formed by former Yes guitarist Peter Banks and vocalist Colin Carter in August 1971. After Peter Banks found himself replaced in Yes by Steve Howe, he set his sights on creating a new band. That band was Flash. The group formed in 1971 when Banks recruited longtime associate Ray Bennett (Gun) along with Colin Carter (Pete Bardens' Camel) and Mike Hough. Original Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye rounded out the group. Flash had a sound that felt a lot like that of Yes on its first two albums, but perhaps with a more pop-oriented texture. The group also had a more free-form approach to its virtuosic jamming, seeming to prefer improvisation to well-charted music. Flash's first album, a self-titled one, was released the following year. Kaye did not stay around very long past that release. Rather than replace him, the group carried on as a four-piece. They released two more albums, In the Can and Out of Our Hands in 1973. The group broke up shortly afterwards.

2) a German trance duo

3) an alternative rock group from New Zealand

4) a trance artist aka The Flash Brothers

5) a jazz / downtempo act

6) an Australian dubstep producer

7) the stagename of Bernt Jansen, bassist of Wig Wam

8) a Mongolian hip-hop group

9) Flash was a group of Hungarian rock 'n' roll freaks with the poet-idol-frontman Miklós Barcs. [urlhttp://www.drflash.hu

10) Flash is a solo artist from the north of England; More information can be found at http://www.myspace.com/musicflash

11) an early 70s rock and roll band, local to Buffalo, N.Y. There were two versions of this band: the original 5-piece version, and a modified 4-piece version that did not feature a Hammond C-3 organ. Members of the band included vocalist/rhythm guitarist Phil Dillon, lead guitarist James Ralston, drummer Rich Pidanick, bass player/engineer Larry Swist, and organist Dean Mooney. Tracks can be heard at the band's memorial myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/flashband

12) Flash was a Latvian pop band that took part in the Latvian pre-selection for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest with a song called "In Your Arms".

13) From 1987 to '89 Prince recorded material for an eponymous album by a project considered to be called Flash, or MC Flash. It featured Margie Cox on lead vocals, with Billy Franze singing lead vocals on one track, and Prince writing, producing and playing all the instruments. The album remains unreleased, but circulates among collectors.

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