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1) Man are a rock band from South Wales with a cult following. Originally the second incarnation of Welsh rock harmony group The Bystanders, they are a band with ‘more history than the Greeks’, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.

Man’s history is full of weird, colourful stories. Some stories include getting arrested in Belgium on both of their visits, brawling with an Icelandic audience, meeting the likes of Tommy Cooper and Bill Graham, their many line-ups, and so on. Man also have connections with bands like the Neutrons, Gentle Giant, Badfinger, Status Quo and Iceberg (Deke’s band while he went solo).

The Bystanders had been a pop harmony group in the 1960s, signed to Pye Records and living in London, who had released a few singles to no great success. But with the departure of singer Vic Oakley and the arrival of guitarist Deke Leonard in 1968, the band - Leonard, Micky Jones, Ray Williams, Clive John and Jeff Jones - decided to change their style altogether, moving from pop to West Coast psychedelia, inspired by American bands such as Quicksilver Messenger Service and Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention.

From 1968 up to 1976 they rocked the UK, America and Germany with their gritty progressive rock. They have been hits with many radio DJs, producers, promoters, and John Lennon was (supposedly) a fan of Deke’s album, Iceberg. Some of their most popular songs from this era include Spunk Rock, Bananas, Many Are Called But Few Get Up, C’Mon, Daughter of the Fireplace, and Romain.

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  • gershnev

    What a magnificent band!

    27 Feb 8:43am Reply
  • xdreamx19

    extended Spunk Rock jam is fantastic space trip http://tripjam.blogspot.com/

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • otherone71

    Indeed, SPLENDID!

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LordOldington

    D'you know, this band is marvellous.

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • bendingtree

    I like the French duo; "Main Gauche" is an interesting album.

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • maurette

    che hay que editar la informacion esa fea que pusieron en la bio!!!

    5 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Loud-Quiet-Loud

    It is as it must be.

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • cokeboy2

    Can we distinguish the two by labelling the welsh one in non caps and the other in caps please?

    21 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Fuzztoner

    Que hijo de 3000 putas el que puso la info de casi garchass!.

    30 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Raredrum

    I like to eat bananas...

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • wellhamsrus

    (Welsh) Man's Daughter of the Fireplace sounds very like Australia's Cold Chisel, from around the same time.

    9 Jun 2010 Reply
  • KeithJones

    RIP Micky; great guitarist who had been fighting a brain tumour - he died on 10 March 2010 in Swansea.

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • alfapp

    Hard to believe - Rest in Peace Micky

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • plodder

    RIP Micky Jones :(

    11 Mar 2010 Reply
  • ManiacForces

    any idea who's that fat guy in the middle?

    28 Feb 2010 Reply
  • ManiacForces

    stucked with the guitar work on Keep on Crinting. I dont seem to get over it.

    28 Feb 2010 Reply
  • mynameisjoehann

    awsome

    2 Dec 2009 Reply
  • alfapp

    Great great band; totally underrated

    22 Oct 2009 Reply
  • goldione

    2 Ozs. of Plastic with a Hole in the Middle ^_^ ... those vinyl days

    20 Aug 2009 Reply
  • evelen55

    Hello, (evelenwilliams@yahoo.com) How are you doing today ? hope fine.My name is Evelyn came across your profile here in (last.fm/even) and after going through it l found you so ininterestingope you don't mind.You can contact me with this email addaddress that l can send you my pic mail to (evelenwilliams@yahoo.com) Hope to hear from you soon,have a nice day & stay blessed. Am Evelyn

    11 Apr 2009 Reply
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