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1) Ipso Facto were a goth-inflected psychedelic garage-pop. The band was founded in 2007, consisting of Rosalie Cunningham (Singer, Songwriter, Guitar), Victoria Smith (Drums), Cherish Kaya (keyboards) and Samantha Valentine (Bass guitar).

They were based in London but individually originate from different parts of the UK, including Southend, Newcastle and Bedford. Before Ipso Facto, Rosalie and Samantha played in the Southend band Theoretical Girl and Victoria played in Havana Guns. Samantha is daughter of legendary guitarist Hilton Valentine from The Animals.

Ipso Facto appeared on the ‘BBC Introducing Stage’ at the Reading Festival 2008[1], and supported The Last Shadow Puppets on their 2008 tour. They supported legendary post-punk band Magazine[2] on their 2009 reunion tour.

Ipso Facto split up in 2009 and the members have gone separate ways. Rosalie Cunningham is continuing to write and record music and has formed a new band called Ketu[3] [4] . Samantha Valentine has joined the band Romance[5] and Victoria Smith has been working on her own music and collaborating with various other artists.

2) An esoteric band from the UK in the 1980s. Ipso Facto formed in 1982 and gigged mainly around Sheffield and the North. They were a fairly short lived affair circulating through line-up changes around frontman Eb and releasing ‘Noir Doir’, ‘Mannequin’ ,’Give It To Her’ and Glass Tigers/ Apostle of Sleeze on their own Zodiak Records label

Eb - Words
Vivienne - Guitar
David Kane - Bass
J Fenn - Drums
Steven Masters - Sax


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  • futilefuture

    What happened? The girl joined Client but then they sacked her?

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Damiand77

    I like Ipos Facto better than Rosalie's new band Purson, they're too derivative.

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • thainafalci "Here is every ipso facto mp3 (that I know about) in one .rar. file. Enjoy."

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mystichosis

    The girl group will be missed.

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • dasNeonlicht

    Eternally sad this band didn't work out. :[ :[ :[

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Damiand77

    Anyone have any rare Ipso Facto bootlegs? I'm really looking for 'Joined by the sword/ Die by the sword', please notify me if so. The main pic sucks.

    4 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Gerry_Digger

    the main pic pisses me off

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • AlienSpaceDisco


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  • thainafalci


    22 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Damiand77

    It's a double edged sword to love this band, not just because they broke up too soon, especially when they were getting better and better. But because they were such a great band and they had such a limited and sparse catalogue of studio recordings, some readily available and some not so readily available, as well as pricey, (Ipso Facto's If..... EP from Japan). It also is frustrating to know that they recorded other songs before the break up that will probably never see the light of day and songs we'll just never hear period. The live perfornances are always a test to see if a band is as good as they sound on the records, and Ipso did not fail, thier perfomances were especially exciting to listen to and only solidifies and re-enforces thier immense talent and unlimited potiential. Sorry for the rant. Had to get it off my chest. There was more, but it went over a 100 words.

    19 Nov 2011 Reply
  • coexisto

    there are two ipso facto bands?

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Adamgail


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  • cracktalking


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  • cracktalking

    Harmonise is the fuck.

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • otensilnoel

    Yeah, I agree with BirdGirl. Your best bet is youtube and you can also use to rip those videos.

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Rev_matt


    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • birdgirl

    @David_Gomes Your best bet is probably youtube, and if you must have an mp3 copy just rip them - - Good luck!

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • MaddMacabre

    exelent sound!!! it's really great go ahed Ipso Facto!!!!

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • David_Gomes

    Downloads plis!

    14 Apr 2011 Reply
  • birdgirl

    I think this band were amazing, such a shame they split. Saw them live in York once and they sounded good but played one of the shortest sets I've ever seen which was disappointing. I really love all their songs, I do hope Rosalie will release some more material with her new act soon, it's been ages! p.s. I've put the keyboard player back in the biography. (Kind of douchey to remove her whoever did that)

    14 Apr 2011 Reply
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