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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…

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  • Wow, amazing I never heard of this band before, all of their songs is a hit, so good!!!!
  • Picked up the reissue of The Birthday Party the other day. Great.
  • Been listening to the Idle Race since 1996, year when I got the excellent compilation Back To The Story. Amazing band, amazing music.
  • listening to their 2nd album, and its GREAT!
  • i like them way better than ELO.
  • here we go round the lemon tree
  • a perfect Psych-pop ditty!
  • 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!
  • idle race and the move are both great.
  • I really don't care for the non-Jeff Lynne Idle Race songs. (@_@)

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