Dub Pistols are a London based dub music, hip hop and big beat band, founded by ex-club promoter, Barry Ashworth, in 1996. The other members of the band were record producer and bassist Jason O'Bryan, Brooklyn producer and lyricist, T. K. Lawrence on vocals, Jap Slut guitarist John King, and turntablist DJ Stix / Steve Hunt. Guest songwriters and vocalists include Blade, James Dewes Sheffield (JMS), Rodney King and Terry Hall. In 2008 Jack Cowens joined the band on drums.
The band debuted in late 1998 with the singles "There's Gonna Be a Riot" and "Best Got Better". By the time of their 1998 debut album Point Blank, big beat appeared to have run its course, however Dub Pistols remained an infectious live draw, startling audiences in the United Kingdom and around the world. The group's second album, Six Million Ways to Live, appeared in 2001 and was followed a year later by the mix album Y4K: Next Level Breaks.
To date, they have released three studio albums as well as contributing to numerous film soundtracks, including Blade II, Bad Company, and Mystery Men. They have also released a significant number of remixed tracks from other artists. The most notable of these include a remix of Ian Brown's "Dolphins Were Monkeys", Limp Bizkit's "My Way", The Crystal Method's "Do It", and Moby's "James Bond Theme".
Video game soundtracks
Various Dub Pistols songs have been featured in video games. The song "Official Chemical", featuring vocals by JMS, Baqi Abdush-Shaheed and T. K. Lawrence was featured in the PlayStation 2 game FreQuency. The same song was also featured in the multi-platform game Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 2. Their song "Cyclone", featuring T. K. Lawrence was featured in the multi-platform game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. The song "Soldiers", featuring Planet Asia was featured in Final Fight: Streetwise. "Running From The Thoughts", featuring T. K. Lawrence and Terry Hall was used in NBA Live 08 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09. The song "Gotta Learn" was featured in EA Sports' FIFA 99. And finally, the song "Open" was used in Dance Dance Revolution X for the PlayStation 2. The song "Architect" was featured on the multi-platform game "Juiced".
- Point Blank (1998)
- Six Million Ways to Live (2005)
- Speakers and Tweeters (2007)
- Rum & Coke (2009)
- Re-Hash (2011)
- Worshipping the Dollar (2012)
- "Cyclone" (1998) - UK #63
- "Problem Is" (2003) - UK #66 (billed as Dub Pistols featuring Terry Hall)
- "Back To Daylight" (2009)
- "I'm In Love" (2009)