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1. The Spooks: A late 90’s HipHop/RnB-Band, similar to the Fugees. The group recorded “S.I.O.S.O.S., Vol. 1” in 1999 for Artemis Records. The album was a huge success in Europe but hardly made a dent in American markets. After attaining success throughout Europe with their record S.I.O.S.O.S., Vol. 1, Spooks garnered a hit with the single “Things I’ve Seen” (featured in the Laurence Fishburne film Once in the Life). Water-Water left the group before their second album Faster Than You Know and died in a car accident shortly before the album’s release. The group disbanded soon afterwards, with little heard from the members since.

They are probably best known for their biggest UK hit ‘Karma Hotel’ which received heavy rotation on most commercial radio stations.

In 2009 Ming Xia appeared on Chali 2na’s Fish Outta Water. One thing that is a constant across all reviews and comments about this group, is the utterly amazing vocals by the group’s lead singer, Ming-Xia. As of 2008-2009, she has recorded some great solo songs that can be found for streaming at her website…

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2. Atlanta punk band featuring members of Black Lips, Deerhunter and The Kiwis known for their live performances dressed as ghosts. Death From beyond the Grave LP released on Die Slaughterhaus Records in 2008.


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  • Kickimanjaro

    I only recently discovered this group, and I am continually impressed. Their song "Eulogy" off of Faster Than You Know is chilling. Hell, I could go on and on about how I love their music and find inspiration in their writing, but suffice it to say that I am sad that they stopped making music, and would love to meet them some day, yet I know that won't happen. Their secretive nature is also frustrating, I would love to know if anyone else from the group kept making music. I know Ming-Xia has, but I haven't heard of the rest.

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • L8BL00MER

    "I wish would link this to the sweet garage band from ATL. Not this R & B band I've never listened to in my life." Comments like this irk me big time. Spooks are a groundbreaking hip-hop group whose first album was one of the very best at the end of the '90s. I have never heard your sweet garage band from ATL; they may be absolutely awesome, but might suck, but at least I am not discounting them solely because they are linked by name to a band I already like and listen to.

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • tizudyzae

    why aren't they still making music ?

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • brownieboy

    suprisingly spooks album even though was commercial sucess here in UK, actually a pretty good offering.

    29 Jun 2010 Reply
  • rubberychickin

    Great r'n'b of its day lucky to be in New York when their album was released - will never hear enough of it - especially Things I've Seen and Karma Hotel! Worth a listen

    20 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Mhmmaggie

    I wish would link this to the sweet garage band from ATL. Not this R & B band I've never listened to in my life.

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • CrativeG

    I rember when 1st heard them. they were fresh. Karma hotel great video. One of my favourite bands when they first landed

    3 May 2010 Reply
  • EmpressNutjob

    I'm no R&B fan but I love these guys.

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • spilled_milk

    wow, you really named your band this.

    20 Oct 2009 Reply
  • MusicStaff

    Ming-Xia has some great music, solo stuff on her website....Absolutely amazing vocals!!! Check it out,

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • acme64

    ming xia got a track with chali 2na on his new album, good to hear from her again. wish spooks was still around

    21 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Lamermour

    i love this band!!!

    16 May 2009 Reply
  • collysucker

    Things ive seen - really cool oldsqool song least for me :P

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
  • SiberianKissed

    I can't believe they don't have at least a million listens...

    30 Jan 2009 Reply
  • holera_wie

    sweeeeeeeeeet :)

    27 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Ms_Vanessa_S

    things i've seen will never die [2]

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • deevo

    why can not separate "Spooks" and "The Spooks" already, they aren't the same name.

    16 Dec 2008 Reply
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    16 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Truthspeaker

    Shit man, I love these guys and I do like Hip Hop! That says somethin...need more

    16 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ml1muse

    One of few singles I own, and I don't even like hip hop either - I love the harmonies!

    8 Sep 2008 Reply
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