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Ming Tea is a band lead by Mike Myers (as his fictional alter ego Austin Powers), featuring former Bangles guitarist and vocalist Susanna Hoffs, which performed the songs “BBC” and “Daddy Wasn’t There” for the Austin Powers movies.

This small band was formed by a group of friends who just wanted to jam. The band members (see below) are all famous in their own right already and include Mike Myers (of Austin Powers fame), Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet.

The idea to form a band came after Mike Myers and his wife attended a Matthew Sweet concert. Susanna Hoffs performed a gig that same night. They all got to know one another. (Hoffs and Sweet were already good friends.) Sometime during the filming of “Austin Powers”, they all got together one evening to watch B-movies. They decided to form a 60’s oriented band just for fun.

So they jammed together and called themselves Ming Tea. The name came from a company featured in one of the B-movies they had watched.

So the three of them and a few others got together and wrote some songs and even played some shows in and around Los Angeles, usually in Comedy clubs, combiing the show with their own comedy skits.

Whilst the band never released an album, they have contributed to a couple of the Austin Powers’ film Soundtracks. Their song “BBC” features at the end of ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery’ and another of their songs, “Daddy Wasn’t There” is in one of the later films. They also contributed some of instrumental pieces in the second film, ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’

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