Garage Banda: King Khan

King Khan

King Khan

Arish Ahmad Khan, better known by his stage name King Khan, is a Canadian musician. He is best known as the frontman of the rock ‘n roll bands King Khan and the Shrines and The King Khan & BBQ Show.

 

Khan was born in Montreal to an Indo-Canadian family. Since 2005 he resides in Berlin, Germany with his wife and two daughters.

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Brewing up a heady mixture of high-spirited rhythm & blues, real-gone psychedelia and middle-finger-flipping garage rock, King Khan has earned an international reputation as one of the wildest showmen in underground rock. Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal to a family of Indian émigrés, Erick Khan first made a splash on the Canadian music scene in 1996 when he joined the frantic garage punk outfit the Spaceshits, where he played bass under the name Blacksnakethe Spaceshits released three albums and a handful of 7″s, but after nearly four years with the group, Khan opted to strike out on his own, relocating to Germany following a tour of Europe. Adopting the new stage name King Khan, he began assembling a solo act while also recording and touring with former Spaceshits vocalist Mark Sultan (aka Bridge Mixture and BBQ), cutting a pair of albums as the King Khan & BBQ ShowKing Khan & His Sensational Shrines (the “Sensational” part tends to come and go at will) made their recorded debut on a split single with Reverend Beat-Man & the Nonbelievers in 2001, followed by the EP Spread Your Love Like Peanut Butter and the album Three Hairs and You’re MineKing Khan‘s band grew all the while and took on a number of remarkable personalities, including Ron Streeter, a percussionist who spent years touring with Curtis Mayfield and Stevie WonderBen Ra, a German sax player who worships at the altar of John Coltrane and Sun Ra; Freddy Rococo, a French organ player who previously led a one-man band in drag; and Bamboorella, the Shrines’ full-time go-go dancer. After cutting a split LP with the DirtbombsBilliards at Nine ThirtyKhan and the Shrines released their second full-length album, 2004’s Mr. Supernatural, which was followed by lots of international touring and a third full-length, What Is?!, in 2007. In 2008, Vice Records signed King Khan & the Shrines to an American record contract, and sealed the deal by releasing The Supreme Genius of King Khan & the Shrines, a collection of Khan‘s best material to date, dominated by tracks from Mr. Supernatural and What Is?!. It would be several years before Khan returned with the Shrines, issuing the more psychedelicly-tinged Idle No More in 2013 on Merge Records.

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And so ladies and gentleman, lovers of music of South Asia and its energetic, vibrant and diverse diaspora, we present to you some music with exactly 0 references to ragas, ghazals, Bollywood, Indian folk or khyal. Whether King Khan has any loyalty to the land of his forefathers at all, this record will not help illuminate.

Rave on!

King Khan front

King Khan inner

King Khan back

Track Listing:

01 Anala

02 Invisible Girl

03 I’ll Be Loving You

04 Animal Party

05 Spin The Bottle

06 Third Ave

07 Tastebuds

08 Truth Or Dare

09 Crystal Ball

10 Lonely Boy

11 Tryin’

12 Do The Chop

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