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Ozric Tentacles

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Somerset, England (1984 – present)

Ozric Tentacles is an instrumental band from Somerset, England, whose music can loosely be described as . Formed in 1984, the band has released well over twenty albums as of 2005, and has become a cottage industry selling around a million albums worldwide despite never having major label backing.

The original line up met on the 21st June 1984 at the Stonehenge Free Festival; their name came from discussions of hypothetical cereal brands (Malcolm Segments, Desmond Whisps, and Gordon Lumps are among the names that were considered). In the 1980s the band built a fan base on the festival circuit, becoming particularly associated with the Glastonbury Festival, and made a series of cassette releases, sold at gigs and via a fan club.

Their first label release was Pungent Effulgent in 1989, which was also re-released in the early 2000s, packaged with Strangeitude. This was followed by Erpland (1990), an album dedicated to Erp, a character who appears on many of the band’s album artworks. 1991 saw the Strangeitude LP. The track “Sploosh!” was used by BMW in an advertising campaign, and became the band’s only single. By 1993 the band had grossed over three million dollars, and their Jurassic Shift album reached the top ten of the U.K. album charts.

The band has gone through many line-up changes, with only Ed Wynne (guitar and keyboards) and Champignon (flute) maintaining a constant presence since the early 1990s.

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  • opethianos

    ka-boom

    22 Jan 2:15pm Reply
  • GolyJelen

    blown

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Aki_Kato

    Hello, everyone! listen my new albums and download! atmospheric, experimental metal http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Aki+Kato

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Gothicmania

    Aww my godness, you are just a good old trance in a rock version.

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • YuliaDiadko

    Good.

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Smooooooth

    They blew up Brooklyn last night + they are the nicest people on earth

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • jarolito

    it's so easy to get addicted to the Ozrics :D with no doubts

    20 Jun 2014 Reply
  • jarolito

    the trippiest band ever...interesting to see how they still experiment and going through new dimensions... just to imagine a gig by them somewhere on a meadow next to a deep forest, and u just dance to their music around fire

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • Neon_Spadezzz

    Wonder what their new album will be like if there is one.

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
  • sawworm

    This band has a Spyro on it.

    2 Mar 2014 Reply
  • InTuxedo

    2014 Ozora! Can't wait! :D <3

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Dead-shinobi

    So good it's almost ridiculous

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MonoPeligroso

    Become the Other is rapidly becoming my "other" favorite album.

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Neon_Spadezzz

    I think my favorite Ozric Tentacles CDs are Erpland and Arborescence.

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • cube-

    30th anniversary tour was magickal for sure!

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jonowev

    Saw them two nights ago. It was bloody excellent.

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • AliceInChains15

    Interesting how Spotify has tagged several of Mayhem's songs as being by this band..

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Aretheia

    Great concert yesterday in Zagreb, thank you for coming and keep up doing beautifull music :)

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • elsoma

    Awesome show yesterday, hope to see u soon again!

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • emmdragon

    ~ 30th Aniversary Tour dates and info can be found here on the Ozrics site : http://www.ozrics.com/ ... European gigs kick off in Bristol on the 10th of October then include : Holland, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Poland before coming back to Britain ... Poole, Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester, London, Birmingham and Glasgow! ~ Be sure to pre-book via the links provided on-site and show Full Support! ~ This Seriously promises to be a Wicked tour! :) :) :)

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
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