The Midnight Beast
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|The Midnight Beast|
|Labels||Sounds Like Good (They created the label in March 2012)|
|Associated acts||Hadouken!, The Clik Clik, Cast of Lions (formerly known as 'Chapters') , Perfect People|
The Midnight Beast, sometimes abbreviated as TMB, are a British comedy music group from London. They are perhaps most famous for their YouTube cover-parody of the 2009 single TiK ToK by American pop artist Ke$ha. The group currently has three members: Stefan Abingdon, Andrew Wakely and Ashley Horne.
The Midnight Beast had 394,383 subscribers and 64,060,889 views combined on their YouTube channel alone, as well as 400886 Facebook fans as of December 2013. The group's songs often appear on iTunes music charts with their recent album reaching Number Two in the iTunes Music charts, and their accompanying music videos routinely reach over 1 million views on YouTube. On Christmas Day 2009, the "TiK ToK" parody was featured on the front page of MTV.com, and the group have made videos in collaboration with BBC Comedy and MTV Rocks.
The group has also garnered praise from artists that they have parodied. Both Ke$ha and Jay Sean have tweeted positive reactions to the group's parody of their respective songs, TiK ToK and Down, with Ke$ha stating "holy. shit. this is better than my version", and Jay Sean posting "Hahha brilliant. Someone should mix this with 'pants on the ground.'"
The group has also attracted minor controversy with its music. In an online post from February 2011, Metro, a British newspaper, raised issue with the lyrics of "Use Ya Head", a sexual education-themed skit made for the Marie Stopes International charity's Have A Larc organisation, which promotes safe sex. The paper cited the lines "One up the bum and it’s no harm done" and "One up the bum and you won’t be a mum'" stating that it appeared that the group was suggesting anal sex as a birth control method. It also quoted unnamed critics who mentioned that the video failed to point out that anal sex could still lead to the transmission of STDs.
- Stefan James Donald John 'Stef' Abingdon – Born 19 January 1989. He was born and grew up in Fulham, London with his parents (both of whom are musicians) and his two brothers, Kyle and Tcha. Abingdon learned piano from age six until he was asked to leave by his teacher because he did not practice enough. He appeared in many musicals such as Oliver!, Whistle down the Wind and Tess of the D'Urbervilles. By age 12, Stefan was playing the guitar, and a week later he started his first band named Ink. His next band, called Icarus Burning, started when he was 12 with another boy called Simon as a fellow founder and Dru Wakely on drums. A while after the duo started another band with Maya Yianni and Henry Bauckham called The Clik Clik, later adding Leo Pink as the 4th member. This was his final band before The Midnight Beast. He is now also lead singer of band Cast of Lions and is a generally awesome person.
- Andrew 'Dru' Francis Wakely – Born 10 January 1987. He grew up in Wandsworth, South-West London. He lived with his mum, dad and brother Tim until the age of six. At that time, his father ran off with the family's Spanish cleaner on Christmas Eve (as told in the song Daddy). The loss of his father led to excessive eating and a Calpol addiction. He described his teenage years as "a fine blend of drunken brawls, unsuccessful robbery attempts, and casual sex" He met Stefan Abingdon at a summer drama camp. Dru said he was interested in playing drums in Stefan's band (even though he had no experience). He auditioned to Abingdon on a wooden box they found in the street His first band was known as Icarus Burning, and was also a member of Perfect People and The Clik Clik. He was the second member of The Midnight Beast, as Ashley was not fully convinced to join until the last minute.
- Ashley Neil 'Ash' Horne – Born 4 January 1989. He grew up in Reading with his mother and father. In his childhood he enjoyed running around his garden and pretending to be Rambo. After a few years, his sister, Sarah Louise Horne, was born into the family. He has supported Newcastle United from childhood. At the age of 12, he started attending the Silvia Young Theatre School for Performing Arts. After attending three years at the Italia Conti school, Ash got his first small acting part. He was part of a fake boy band in the Nickelodeon show Genie in the House. He was also "Ziggy" in EastEnders, and also got a part as "Lad" in the 2008 Christmas Special of Doctor Who. He was asked to join The Midnight Beast during an online game Call of Duty, via headset. Stef was telling Dru and Ash about a new song by Kesha called Tik Tok. He was going to parody it and needed a band. Ash was asked to be in the video because of his "retro – yet modern – style of dance." In the Tik Tok Parody, he did not have a singing part, but was still part of the band. Recently Ash has appeared in 'All Stars' the film and 'Skins Redux' as the part of Stephen. He also claims that he is the "lady's man" of the band.
The group released a semi-autobiographical book, titled Book at Us Now, on 27 October 2011. The book included interviews with the band members, the history of The Midnight Beast, as well as explanation of the group's videos and songs. The group held book signings around the country in a promotion titled The Book at Us Now Tour.[not in citation given]
The band featured as itself in the self-titled sitcom The Midnight Beast, which aired on channel E4 in 2012. The series consists of 6 episodes, and details a fictionalised version of the band's members as they attempt to become successful musicians. The situation comedy also includes the actors and actress Simon Farnaby, Ryan Pope, and Sophie Wu. The show aired in Australia on 22 April 2013 on SBS2. They are currently creating series 2 to be broadcast in 2014 on E4.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|UK Indie Albums|
|2012||The Midnight Beast||10|
|2010||Booty Call EP||Midnight Beast Records
|2013||Love Bites EP||Sounds Like Good||93|
Releases from The Midnight Beast sitcom
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Episode||Label||Release Date|
|"I Kicked A Shark in the Face"||2012||6||Episode 1||Sounds Like Good||5 July 2012|
|"Medium Pimpin'"||20||Episode 2||12 July 2012|
|"Quirky"||12||Episode 3||19 July 2012|
|"Videogames"||21||Episode 4||26 July 2012|
|"Life Is A Musical"||—|
|"Lez Be Friends"||—||Episode 5||2 August 2012|
|"Just Another Boyband"||—|
|2009||"Tik Tok (Parody)"||90||4||39||Non-album single|
|2010||"Ninjas"||—||—||—||The Midnight Beast|
|"Lez Be Friends"||—||—||—|
|"House Party"||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|"Just Another Boyband"||—||—||—||The Midnight Beast|
|2011||"The Dance Routine"||50||—||—||Non-album single|
|"Pizza in Ibiza"||—||—||—|
|2012||"I'm So Manly (I Make Men Cry)"||—||—||—|
|"Return of the Boyband"||—||—||—|
|"Die Young (Parody)"||91||—||—|
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that country.
|2012||"Begging"||70||—||—||The Midnight Beast (Episode 1)
The Midnight Beast
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