Gröûp X

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Not to be confused with X (band)
Group X plays at ROFLCon Photo by Kate Raynes-Goldie.

Gröûp X (also known as Gröûp X: Arabian Rap Sensations) is a faux Arabian rock band, claiming to be from the fictional village of Cramshananteen, Saudi Arabia; however, they originate from Georgia, USA. They play a mix of rap and rock. They are known for using comically accented and mangled English[1] and a vaguely hostile (yet satirical) attitude towards the United States and Americans. (They should not be confused with the early 1960s English instrumental band Group X)

Members[edit]

Mentioning their true identities or nationalities is generally frowned upon by fans and band alike. In Gröûp X, the individual performers are known only by their pseudonyms:

  • Hashmeer Shashmeer: Rifleman
  • Blade Razorr: weapons specialist explosives expert.
  • Rex Wif Da Machine: heavy machine gunner
  • White Chocolate: Guest rapper, beatboxer and backing vocals (The only one claiming to be a "white/American" character)

The real names of the band members are unknown to most.

Post-Hashmeer period:

  • Blade Razorr: Lead vocals, prank calls.
  • Rowbby the Sheeth: Bass
  • Rex Wif Da Machine: drums, backing vocals
  • Flat-Eyed Tony:[2] Keyboard

Hashmeer Shashmeer left the group after the release of Stepping on the Crowtche owf Your Americain Presidaint. However, according to the official Gröûp X mailing list[citation needed], Hashmeer had left Gröûp X in 2001, but returned "aifter a two yeares in rezidence at L'ACADEMIE DE LA MUSIQUE."

Pending Hashmeer's departure from the band Blade has taken over Vocals (Talks/Shoutes)and Blade's alleged son "Rowbby the Sheeth" as he is known in the "Waffle house Crank Call" bonus track at the end of "Stepping on the Crowtche owf Your Americain Presidaint" album has taken over Bass guitar in Blade's place. This is made evident on the DVD: "Live from Cramshananteen" mid-performance by Blade himself.

Common venues[edit]

Occasionally Gröûp X played live shows at Swayze's Venue[3] in Marietta, Georgia (they have not attended the venue for some time), and also recently once or twice a year at Under the Couch, a small concert venue on the Georgia Institute of Technology's campus

2006 onwards[edit]

In October 2006 they created a MySpace page and added some of their music to it. On November 19, 2006, they added two unreleased and rare material to MySpace. It included a rare jingle by Gröûp X heard on the radio station WNNX and a song about the history of Gröûp X. The next day Stepping on the Crowtche owf Your Americain Presidaint was made available on iTunes.

In April 2007 Gröûp X posted an official announcement on MySpace declaring their reunion and that a new album was in the works for late 2007.

In September 2007 Gröûp X announced that February 2008 would be the release date.

In April 2008, they headlined the finale concert at ROFLCon with fellow internet stars Leslie Hall, Lemon Demon, Trocadero and Denny Blaze. There the group had Ben Romans (from the Click Five) on keytar.[4]

On April 15 2009 Gröûp X created an account on Twitter, or "Twetted", as they put it on their website.

In late 2010 flyers around the town of Athens, Georgia, stated that the Reunion of Group X would be on January 6, 2011, at Caledonia Lounge. After Fans waited through multiple opening acts it was announced that the vocalist had fled the scene. The remaining members of the band then decided to give the fans their money back, along with free CDs and DVDs. Any other news of a reunion show has yet to be announced.

Discography[edit]

Flash videos[edit]

Gröûp X are known for the Flash animation music videos of their songs on the Internet, such as "Bang Bang Bang" (created by Wesley), "Cheese" (created by my_name_is_tim), "Schfifty-Five" (created by backtothefuture), and "Mario Twins" (a rendition of the basic tune found in the video game Super Mario Bros.; created by Keith McKnight), "Sehventain Year-es" by Greg Pugh, and BlitzIISnake's "Bang Bang Bang" Machinima.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Noteworthy Nobodies: Group X has hilarious hip-hop, by Jason Albaugh, Western Herald, Jan 16, 2003
  2. ^ *Metts, Jonathan "Editorial: A Night with Group X", NintendoWorldReport, March 26, 2002. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  3. ^ *"Swayze's Venue showlisting archive", Swayze's Venue, March 24, 2003. Accessed July 15, 2007.
  4. ^ The Phoenix > Live Reviews > LOL in the family

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