Ben & Jason
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|Ben & Jason|
|Labels||Go! Beat, Universal, Setanta|
|Past members||Ben Parker
Ben & Jason were a singer-songwriter duo from London consisting of Ben Parker and Jason Hazeley. Formed in 1998 and pre-empting the so-called New Acoustic Movement by about a year, they released three albums on Go! Beat/Universal: Hello, Emoticons and Ten Songs About You. When they were dropped from their major label deal, the band released their final album, Goodbye, on the independent label Setanta.
Their biggest hit was Air Guitar, which reached #76 in the UK charts. Far better known is their collaboration with Kinobe, Slip Into Something... (from the album Soundphiles).
The pair went their separate ways in December 2003 after disappointing results but excellent reviews from the penultimate album "Ten Songs About You", and in particular the seminal masterpiece of a single "The Wild Things".
Ben Parker went on to form the band Lux Luther with bass player Ollie Russian, drummer Ben Carpenter (now of the Creepy Morons) and guitarist Gavin Slater (now of Ghosts) in 2004. After varying success on the London gig circuit the band split in May 2006 when Parker decided to go solo. Ben appeared on the 2004 CD Scissors In My Pocket by Polly Paulusma in 2004, toured the UK with David Berkeley in 2007 and has also collaborated with Sophie Solomon on her second solo studio album. More recently Ben has composed the music for BBC3 sitcom How Not to Live Your Life and worked on the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy as music tutor, arranger & producer. He now has a new band, The Chain (formerly Braxton Hix), formed in 2009 with singer Kate Aumonier and produces and writes for new artists such as Pearl & The Puppets and Dutch singer Waylon.
- Emoticons (1999)
- Air Guitar (1999)
- Romeo And Juliet Are Drowning (2000)
- The Wild Things (2001)
- How The Hell Do I Explain? (2001)
- Hello (1999)
- Emoticons (1999)
- Ten Songs About You (2001)
- Goodbye (2003)
- Slip Into Something... (Kinobe featuring Ben & Jason, from the album Soundphiles, 2000)
- Unfair Weather (Kinobe featuring Ben & Jason, from the album VerseBridgeChorus, 2001)
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