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There are at least three bands that share the name “The Neptunes”

1.) The Neptunes (circa 1964) Victoria Records #102.

Founded by Tom Holbert and Paul Hendricks in the 1950s, this Nashville vocal group recorded under various incarnations for a handful of small labels. The group also included (at different times) Hal Hardy, Robert “Dickey” Dixon, Joe Wade, Paul Hendricks (AKA: P.W. Cannon), James Porter Box, singer Gene Kennedy, Henry “Sonny” Short.

2.) The instrumental surf rock band from Fresno, CA and founded by Tom Walzem in 1997. Current bandmembers (as of 2010) include “Tom Walzem, Guitar, Jay Van Horn Guitar, John Shafer, Beats on things, Mike Scott, Rumbles in the low frequencies, Jim Schmidt plays Sax.” A hallmark of their persona is the use of double-necked guitars.

3.) The Neptunes are a Grammy winning record production duo consisting of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo who created the sound for very successful hip hop, R&B and pop artists in the late-90s and early 2000s. Their biggest hits include Britney Spears’ “Slave 4 U”, Kelis’ “Milkshake” and Nelly’s “Hot in Herre”.

The Neptunes’ sound is a highly distinctive (although frequently imitated) brand of off-kilter, stripped-down electronic funk. They have an estimated net worth of $155 million.

Along with Timbaland and Dr. Dre they were the driving force behind many of the musical characteristics of late-90s/ early 2000s hip-hop and pop, helping to re-introduce sci-fi style sounds into the hip-hop mainstream, along with sounds from Middle Eastern and Asian music including percussion and woodwind.


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