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Encyclopedia > Citizen King
Album cover for Citizen King's Mobile Estates
Album cover for Citizen King's Mobile Estates

Citizen King was a music group from Milwaukee, Wisconsin whose style was a mix of hip-hop, soul and punk. Album cover for Citizen Kings Mobile Estates This is an album cover. ... Album cover for Citizen Kings Mobile Estates This is an album cover. ... Nickname: Cream City, Mil Town, Brew City, The City of Festivals Location of Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Coordinates: County Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett Area    - City 251. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Hip hop music, also referred to as rap or rap music, is a style of popular music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Punk Rock is an anti-establishment music movement that began about 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified by The Ramones,the Misfits, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ...




  • Kristian Riley, guitar
  • Matt Sims, vocals/bass guitar, aka Mount Sims
  • D.J. Brooks, drums/percussions
  • Dave Cooley, piano
  • Malcolm Michiles, turntables

Mount Sims is an electroclash dj/producer/musician. ... Turntablism is the art of manipulating sound and creating music using phonograph turntables and an audio mixer. ...


The band formed in 1993 after their previous band, Wild Kingdom, broke up. Both bands received a lot of local recognition for their live shows. While Citizen King's first LP and EP were only commercial successes within the Milwaukee area, they were well received by critics. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

The band's 1999 release Mobile Estates received moderate commercial success. Many songs from that album were used for the pilot episode and the series finale of Malcolm in the Middle. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Mobile Estates is Citizen Kings first (and only) major record release. ... A television pilot is the first episode of an intended television series. ... Malcolm in the Middle is an American situation comedy created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Network. ...

Their first single, and biggest hit, was "Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out)". It became a Top 40 hit and went gold in the summer of 1999. A remix of "Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out)" was used in the movie Gone In Sixty Seconds, and the original version was used in the video game, Street Skater 2. "Salt Bag Spil" was featured on The Animal soundtrack in 2001. Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... The description Gold Album is applied to recorded music albums that have sold a minimum number of copies (in the US, currently 500,000 sales). ... Gone in Sixty Seconds is a 2000 action film, directed by Dominic Sena and written by Scott Rosenberg. ... The Animal is a 2001 comedy film, directed by Luke Greenfield. ...

Citizen King disbanded in 2002.

A music historian looked back at Citizen King in a 2005 article in the Sheperd Express: "there were a few years, between 1995 and 1997, when Citizen King were really all the rage in Milwaukee: all the kids had CK ringer t-shirts, saw them at Summerfest, Winterfest, the Modjeska, awaited eagerly the release of Count the Days and Sidney Hih, knew the Sidney Hih building, ran into Matt Sims at Buca di Beppo, knew and loved the song 'Better Days' two years before it hit the radio. But then came 'Mobile Estates,' a great record, but it became unfavorably compared to Beck and ended up fizzling. Nobody knows why the band broke up, nobody knows where they are today. But they are sorely missed."


Where are they now?

  • Matt Sims now performs as Mount Sims, an indie-electronic artist based in Los Angeles who may have recently moved to Berlin.
  • D.J. Brooks now drums for New Sense, a Milwaukee band, and co-owns The Good Life, a carribean restaurant and bar on Milwaukee's East Side.
  • Dave Cooley is a music producer based in Los Angeles, who recently produced a record for indie legends Silversun Pickups.

Mount Sims is an electroclash dj/producer/musician. ... Silversun Pickups is an indie rock band from Los Angeles, California, signed to Dangerbird Records, and headed by Brian Aubert. ...




  • Brown Bag LP (August 8, 1995)
  • Sydney Hih (1997) - extremely limited edition
  • Mobile Estates (March 9, 1999)

Mobile Estates is Citizen Kings first (and only) major record release. ...



Count the Days was the final single released from New Power Generations 1995 album, Exodus. ...


  • "Better Days" (May 25, 1999); US Gold (500,000+)

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