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Alabama 3

Alabama 3 playing at the London Astoria on 7th October 2007
Background information
Origin Brixton, London, England
Genre(s) Acid House
Blues
Country
Gospel
Years active 1989 - present
Label(s) One Little Indian
Website http://www.alabama3.co.uk/
Members
Jake Black
Jonny Delafons
Simon Edwards
John Jennings
Orlando Harrison
Piers Marsh
Mark Sams
Rob Spragg

Alabama 3 is a British acid house, blues, country and gospel music band founded in Brixton, London, in 1989. In the United States, they are known as A3 to avoid a legal conflict with the well-established country music band Alabama.[1] They achieved international fame when the producers of hit TV show The Sopranos chose their track "Woke Up This Morning" for the show's opening credits.[1] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 479 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,598 × 956 pixels, file size: 1. ... Brixton is an area of South London, England, part of the London Borough of Lambeth. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the 1994 novel by Irvine Welsh, see The Acid House. ... Blues music redirects here. ... In popular music, Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music that began to develop rapidly [1] in the... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... One Little Indian Records is a record label set up by Derek Birkett (former bass player of Flux Of Pink Indians) and Sue Birkett in 1985, along with Tim Kelly (formar guitar player of Flux Of Pink Indians). ... For the 1994 novel by Irvine Welsh, see The Acid House. ... Blues music redirects here. ... In popular music, Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music that began to develop rapidly [1] in the... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... Brixton is an area of South London, England, part of the London Borough of Lambeth. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the television series. ... Woke Up This Morning is a song by A3 from their Exile on Coldharbour Lane album. ...


The band are particularly notable for their innovative fusion of styles, lyrics full of ironic intent, their deliberately humorous personas and outrageous live performances. In line with the many religious references inherent within gospel music every member of the group has an alias by which they are known, the band's founding members adopting the personas "Larry Love" (Rob Spragg) and "The Very Reverend Dr. D. Wayne Love" (Jake Black).

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History

The band was formed when Jake Black met Rob Spragg at an acid house party in Peckham and they decided that a fusion of country music with acid house was a musical possibility.[2] Other members of the band were accumulated over a lengthy period but it is known that Rob Spragg was at university with Piers Marsh, the harmonica player and synth programmer for the band whilst Orlando Harrison, the group's current keyboardist, used to live with Jake Black.[2] For the 1994 novel by Irvine Welsh, see The Acid House. ... , Peckham is an area of London, England, in the London Borough of Southwark, located 3. ...


Starting their act under the alias "The First Presleyterian Church Of Elvis The Divine (UK)" they eventually switched names to Alabama 3 and, after much wrangling and failure to capture attention, having been dismissed by the mainstream media as a novelty act amidst the climate of Britpop, the group finally signed to One Little Indian records in 1997 for the release of their debut album Exile on Coldharbour Lane.[3] Britpop was a mid-1990s British alternative rock genre and movement. ... One Little Indian Records is a record label set up by Derek Birkett (former bass player of Flux Of Pink Indians) and Sue Birkett in 1985, along with Tim Kelly (formar guitar player of Flux Of Pink Indians). ... Exile on Coldharbour Lane is the debut album by Alabama 3. ...


In August 2007, they toured under the name of "Alabama 3: Acoustic and Unplugged" with Devlin Love to promote their new album, M.O.R. (released September 10, 2007. Bassist John "Segs" Jennings has apparently left the band, saying he is "busy elsewhere and [he doesn't] have the time." [4] The latest album M.O.R includes a cover of Jerry Reed's 1970's hit 'Amos Moses' and features The Proclaimers on the track 'Sweet Joy' This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Jerry Reed Hubbard (born March 20, 1937) is an American country music singer, country guitarist, songwriter, and actor. ... The Proclaimers are a Irish band composed of identical twins Charlie and Craig Reid. ...


In September / October 2007 the band toured the UK in support of their new album M.O.R with Irish band Republic Of Loose supporting. Republic Of Loose are a Dublin based band led by Mick Pyro. ...


Current band members/aliases

The members of the band are:

  • Jake Black AKA The Very Reverend Dr. D. Wayne Love: vocals
  • Rob Spragg AKA Larry Love: vocals
  • Devlin Love: Vocals
  • Piers Marsh AKA The Mountain of Love: harmonica and programmed beats
  • Simon Edwards AKA Sir Eddie Real: percussion
  • Orlando Harrison AKA The Spirit: keyboards
  • Mark Sams AKA Rock Freebase: guitar
  • Jonny Delafons AKA L. B. Dope: drums

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Musical style

Alabama 3's sound is a blend of country, blues, and acid house. Their songs have sampled Jim Jones in "Mao Tse Tung Said" and Birmingham Six survivor Patrick Hill in "The Thrills Have Gone." In popular music, Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music that began to develop rapidly [1] in the... Blues music redirects here. ... For the 1994 novel by Irvine Welsh, see The Acid House. ... This article is about the cult leader. ... Mao Zedong (December 26, 1893—September 9, 1976) was the chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1935 until his death. ... The Birmingham Six were six men—Hugh Callaghan, Patrick Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker—sentenced to life imprisonment in 1975 in an infamous miscarriage of justice for two pub bombings in Birmingham, England on November 21, 1974 that killed 21 people. ...


Alabama 3's music in TV and film

  • Alabama 3's song "Woke Up This Morning" from Exile on Coldharbour Lane plays during the opening credits of the HBO television series The Sopranos.
  • A snippet of "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlife" can be heard at the beginning of the first episode of the Third Season of The Sopranos as Tony Soprano walks down the drive way to get his morning newspaper.
  • "Mansion on the Hill" featured on the Kurt Russell/Kevin Costner film 3000 Miles to Graceland.
  • "Too Sick to Pray", from La Peste, plays on the radio at one point in the film Gone in 60 Seconds and "Peace in the Valley" in A Life Less Ordinary.
  • A shortened alternate version of "Woke Up This Morning" can be heard for nearly 50 seconds in The Simpsons episode Papa's Got a Brand New Badge, while Fat Tony and his gang are on the ride to the Simpsons' house. The sequence is a parody of the opening sequence of The Sopranos.
  • "Sister Rosetta" from Exile on Coldharbour Lane can be heard in the film Barnyard.
  • Rapper Nas sampled "Woke Up This Morning" for his 2001 hit, "Got Urself A Gun."

On the Region 4 DVD release of the Sopranos' first season, the case incorrectly cites the "Woke Up This Morning" music video included in the Special Features as being performed by "Alabama 5". The Sopranos soundtrack "Pepper and Eggs" incorrectly displayed the band's name as M.A.S.K. on some of the cd covers. Woke Up This Morning is a song by A3 from their Exile on Coldharbour Lane album. ... Exile on Coldharbour Lane is the debut album by Alabama 3. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... This article is about the television series. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... “Papa’s Got a Brand New Badge” is the 22nd episode of The Simpsons’ thirteenth season. ... For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ...


Discography

Studio albums

Exile on Coldharbour Lane is the debut album by Alabama 3. ... La Peste is the sophomore album by Alabama 3. ... Power in the Blood is the third album by Alabama 3. ... Outlaw (2005) is the fifth studio album by British band, Alabama 3. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

Solo album

  • Robert Love "Ghost Flight" (2006) [6]

Singles and EPs

  • "Ain't Going To Goa" (1996) UK #98, UK #40 (1998 re-release)
  • "Woke Up This Morning" (1997) UK #80, UK #80 (2000 re-issue)
  • "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" (1997) UK #72
  • "Converted" (1998) UK #133
  • "Mansion on the Hill" (2001) UK #151
  • "Wade Into The Water" (2001)
  • "Reachin'" (2003) UK #176
  • "Hello... I'm Johnny Cash" (2005) UK #78
  • "How Can I Protect You" (2005)
  • "Gospel Train" (2005)
  • "Lockdown" (2007)

Woke Up This Morning is a song by A3 from their Exile on Coldharbour Lane album. ... Hello. ... How Can I Protect You? is a song by Alabama 3 which features on the album Outlaw. ...

Live albums, imports, compilations and bootlegs

  • Converted pt. 1 (import) (1998)
  • Woke Up This Morning (import) (2000)
  • Sad Eyed Lady / Alabama3 remixes (2001)
  • Mansion on the Hill (import) (2001)
  • Ya Basta - Live In Italy (bootleg) (2001)
  • Zero Tolerance (bootleg) (2001)
  • Transfusion Power in the Blood Remixes (tour only)(2002)
  • Live in Dublin (tour only)(2002)
  • The Last Train To Mashville vol. 1 (tour only) (2004)
  • Live At Glastonbury 2005 (tour only) (2006)
  • Outlaw Remixes (tour only) (2006)

Woke Up This Morning is a song by A3 from their Exile on Coldharbour Lane album. ... Blood transfusion is the taking of blood or blood-based products from one individual and inserting them into the circulatory system of another. ... Live in Dublin (2007) is a live album by Canadian singer/songwriter Jeff Martin. ...

Notes & references

  1. ^ a b Yahoo! Music, Biography of Alabama 3 (link).
  2. ^ a b Contact Music, Interview with D. Wayne Love (link).
  3. ^ One Little Indian Records, Alabama 3 (link).
  4. ^ http://freea3.org/forums/showthread.php?p=23717
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Official Press Release

External links


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