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The Idle Race were a cult rock group from Birmingham, England in the late 1960s. They are best known for the material released while Jeff Lynne was a member.

Rhythm guitarist Dave Pritchard, bass guitarist Greg Masters and drummer Roger Spencer were the core of a band initally known as Billy King and the Nightriders, then later known as Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders and briefly as just The Nightriders.

In 1966 they advertised for a new guitarist/vocalist, Jeff Lynne applied and joined the band. After releasing one single they changed their name to Idle Race. Under Jeff Lynne’s leadership they released two albums that sold poorly, despite support from John Peel and Kenny Everett.

In 1970, Jeff Lynne decided to join The Move so he and Roy Wood could work on what would eventually become Electric Light Orchestra

The remaining members of The Idle Race recruited 2 new members and released one further album. After Greg Masters left the group they became The Steve Gibbons Band.


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  • Seb_Reflex

    Wow, amazing I never heard of this band before, all of their songs is a hit, so good!!!!

    18 Apr 9:52pm Reply
  • ifhgsfj

    Picked up the reissue of The Birthday Party the other day. Great.

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Graphirus

    Been listening to the Idle Race since 1996, year when I got the excellent compilation Back To The Story. Amazing band, amazing music.

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    listening to their 2nd album, and its GREAT!

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • roldki

    i like them way better than ELO.

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    here we go round the lemon tree

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • 25thCentQuaker

    a perfect Psych-pop ditty!

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • herkyjerky

    LOL @ "cult rock band". Kind of a ridiculous epithet for a band that was absolutely most truly "second only to the beatles". Back around 2005 I spent like a year or two listening to this band constantly... so massive! A zillion times better than anything by the quite respectable ELO and a million times better than the mighty awesome Move! And the third album without Lynne isn't as great, but it's still a killer album with a handful of superb songs and only one or two slightly weak cuts. Lynne was mega-brilliant, but Dave Pritchard is totally underrated. A few of the best cuts on the first two albums were actually written by him and his voice was great too!

    6 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Lizzardkinglier

    idle race and the move are both great.

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Damaramu

    I really don't care for the non-Jeff Lynne Idle Race songs. (@_@)

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    Amazing. can listen the them all day.

    14 Mar 2011 Reply
  • GrandWaz0o

    "the idle race is better than the move." oh no...

    31 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    the idle race is better than the move.

    12 Oct 2010 Reply
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    14 Aug 2010 Reply
  • jethrotullfan

    the_flava and tomkash, you're both idiots. This band is one of the great lost psychedelic pop bands of the 60's.

    29 Jul 2010 Reply
  • cat-dentures

    vote up the other two pictures. the current main picture is too dark!

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    here we go round the lemon treeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    10 May 2010 Reply
  • Rinoosi

    Morning Sunshine

    28 Feb 2010 Reply
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  • ElectricSoul921

    Days of the Broken Arrows is a stone cold Classic! There goes that little girl again....

    3 Dec 2009 Reply
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