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|Origin||Manchester, England, UK|
|Genres||Indie pop, electropop|
|Associated acts||Simian Mobile Disco, The Black Ghosts, The Last Shadow Puppets, Justice|
|Members||Simon William Lord
James Ellis Ford
James Anthony Shaw
- Simon William Lord (vocals, lead guitar)
- James Ellis Ford (drums)
- Alex MacNaghten (bass)
- James Anthony Shaw (keyboard)
Simian were formed while members of the band were studying at Manchester University. MacNaghten, Shaw and Ford were formerly members of live hip hop drum 'n' bass outfit King Rib, alongside MC Mr. Wrong and DJ Silver.
Their debut album Chemistry Is What We Are was first released in the UK on 9 July 2001 on Source Records and in the U.S. on 18 September 2001 on Astralwerks. The U.S. edition contained two bonus tracks, "The Tale of Willow Hill" and "Grey", that had previously been released in the UK as part of The Wisp and Watch It Glow EPs respectively.
Their second album, We Are Your Friends was released in the UK on 28 October 2002 (on Source Records) and in the U.S. on 29 October 2002 (on Astralwerks). The Japanese release (26 March 2003) also included the bonus tracks, "Out of Bed", "Coins" and "Reasons", the first two of which had previously been released in the UK as B-sides of the "Never Be Alone" single.
The band split up in 2005 with Ford and Shaw forming the splinter group Simian Mobile Disco. The new group is more dance-oriented and are in demand as remixers and DJs. Ford is also in the baroque pop group The Last Shadow Puppets with the Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner. Lord is now in The Black Ghosts, an electronica act with DJ Touche from The Wiseguys.
In 2006, the single "We Are Your Friends", which is a remix of their song "Never Be Alone", was released on a reactivated Virgin Records subsidiary label called Ten Records. This single was credited to "Justice vs Simian", and started life as a submission by the French electrohouse outfit Justice in a remix competition. The video for the single won the award for best video at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards. At the awards ceremony, fellow nominee Kanye West appeared on stage to complain about the Justice vs Simian victory. West claimed that the prize should have gone to him, and that he was told prior to the event that he was going to win the award.
- Chemistry Is What We Are (2001)
- We Are Your Friends (2002)
Singles and EPs
The following releases were in the UK only, on Source Records:
- Watch It Glow (EP, 16 October 2000)
- The Wisp (EP, 21 May 2001)
- "One Dimension" (22 October 2001)
- "V/A Compilation: If I Was Prince-6. Simian-Under The Cherry Moon
- "Mr. Crow" (25 February 2002)
- "Never Be Alone" (14 October 2002)
- "La Breeze" (2 June 2003)
- "V/A Compilation: Covered - 11. Simian- Let's Spend The Night Together(2003)"UK #55
- Partizan (2007-07-08). "mtv awards - justice vs simian rinse kanye". YouTube. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
- Bainbridge, Luke (2007-08-12). "It's Kanye's world". The Observer.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 498. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.