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UK rock group King Adora formed in Birmingham in 1998, reputedly taking their name from an oversized adult toy they’d seen in a sex shop. With strong punk and glam rock influences, similar to American power pop, they often drew comparisons to Suede, The Pixies, and the early Manic Street Preachers. They had a successful touring career and picked up a devoted fanbase (who were often also Rachel Stamp, Placebo and Manic Street Preachers fans), although they never made a real impression on the mainstream. They were heavily publicised by magazine, before the publishers decided to end the publication, and “merge” it with , and initially got some exposure in UK Kerrang!, leading to modest success. However, when Melody Maker folded in 2000, the band’s profile, and record sales, faded with it, and they were dropped by Superior Quality Recordings, who had released their debut album, Vibrate You. However, thanks to the loyalty of their fanbase, King Adora did manage to continue touring, and released Who Do You Love? on Discovery in 2004. Sadly, the buzz that had surrounded the band back in 2000 never really returned, and they called it a day in September 2005. However, Maxi Browne and Martyn Nelson have gone on to form another band, The High Society, with three new members; The High Society made their live debut in March 2006.


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  • BeatPoet

    Going through a KA phase, probably hadn't listened since the temporary reformation in 2010. Some of the lesser songs aren't as good as I remember them to be, but what a band.

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • DonnaDArcy

    my guilty pleasure

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • skank_pit

    All Rise!!!

    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • gecko18000

    Hey people, I've been having a clearout and have all the King Adora singles on CD and 7". If anyone wants it all, you can have it for the cost of postage.

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • TheGrayskull

    skinny is sexy :)

    26 Aug 2010 Reply
  • jamesssssss

    I remember when they got compared to Pixies... haha.

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • DeadHadrian

    Could do with some more bands like this today and its not unheard of for a band to come back and into the mainstream even without being there in the first place.

    8 Jun 2010 Reply
  • BeatPoet

    They were fantastic the other week, I wouldn't bet on them permanently reforming though.

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • samulbusuk

    won pair of ticket to their concert.. but cannot come.. oohh sucks..

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • aniym lists them as on tour...are they reuniting for a new album? that would be amazing

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • BeatPoet

    One month after my previous comment and my wish to see them live again has been granted!

    5 Jan 2010 Reply
  • BeatPoet

    Not many bands went out and rocked as hard as KA! God I loved going and seeing them live, they were on and off in a flash and just kicked arse every single time.

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • PurePolitePale

    Just the right amount of sleaze to be enjoyable.

    12 Apr 2009 Reply
  • ketamineface

    amazing group

    30 Mar 2009 Reply
  • twitterpatter

    They were awesome live, and I agree really friendly, they were wandering about watching the support band before the gig. <3

    23 Mar 2009 Reply
  • jdrevpile

    i thought they were great live

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • brak_mi_slow

    ci kolesie nie wyglądają najlepiej.

    8 Feb 2009 Reply
  • grossdarling

    They were not stuck up. Maxi was lovely then and still very lovely now. They were also amazing every time i saw them live. Go check out The High Society, Maxi's new band.

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • harlotqueen

    I have to say they were shite live, only played for 20 minutes!

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
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