The Young Punx
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|The Young Punx|
|Genres||Electronica, house, nu-disco, big beat, alternative hip hop|
|Labels||MofoHifi, Avex, Ultra Records|
|Associated acts||Guthrie Govan
Count Bass D
The Young Punx are an English based electronic dance music group whose eclectic and energetic style encompasses french house, breakbeat and drum and bass, mashed up with elements as diverse as 1980s pop music, hard rock, disco and glam rock.
The Young Punx's music is created by producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer Hal Ritson in collaboration with an eclectic collective of guest musicians, producers and singers including Italian electro producer Phonat, virtuoso guitarist Guthrie Govan, co-founder of the act Cameron Saunders, DJ Nathan Taylor and vocalists such as Yolanda Quartey of Massive Attack, Count Bass D, Amanda Palmer and Laura Kidd of She Makes War. The Young Punx' music "appeals to people who not only like to rave, but also for those who just dance to have fun". In addition, they are continuing their debut album Your Music Is Killing Me, which started in 2007. This debut album not only strengthened their position within the modern realm of remixers and dancefloor musicians, but also catapulted their music into further publicity. This also helped the band's role into becoming an actual band. The Young Punx's energizing beats and grooves are also referred to as "mashpop and punkstep" by The Young Punx themselves.
- Your Music Is Killing Me
- Big Ben
- Wake up, Make up, Bring it up, Shake up
- It Doesn't Stop
- Young and Beautiful
- Drum and Bacharach
- Never Be The Same Again
- Rockall (feat. The Shipping Forecast)
- Drifting On
- Your Music Is Killing Me
- You've Got To...
- We Roll
- Superman's Brother
- Dirty Shoes
- Mashpop and Punkstep
- Club Culture
- You You You
- Ready for the Fight
- Never Die, Pt. 1
- Burn Burn Burn
- O mio babbino caro
- Like Dat
- Simple Pleasures
- Final Destination
- Juice and Gin
- Rock Star (Understand)
- The Young Punx Theme
- Never Die, Pt. 2
- Ready for the Fight (Black Noise Remix)
- Juice and Gin (Riva Starr Remix)
- Rock Star (Understand) [Shinichi Osawa Remix]
- Mash It Up (Shir Kan Remix)
- Gimme Honey
Bootlegs, mash-ups and white labels
They initially came to prominence in 2003/2004 after releasing a string of white label bootleg dance records which drew attention by sampling unlikely source material such as 80s Madonna tracks (foreshadowing the trend for 80s pop sampling records in the following years), Heavy metal such as Motörhead's "The Ace of Spades" and pop culture trends such as The Matrix movies. "Got your number" – their tongue-in-cheek disco house bootleg of the iconic 118 118 (UK) TV adverts featuring music sampled from the Rocky theme gained widespread attention in late 2003 after BBC Radio 1 DJ Judge Jules played an mp3 of it on his show. Despite having only been created as a joke, the track became a UK clubland phenomenon. It was put at 25–1 odds to be Christmas Number One by William Hill bookmakers, featured in The Sun newspaper, signed to EMI and entered the UK Club Chart Top 10. However the full commercial release of the record was ultimately cancelled due to legal wrangles.
In 2005 The Young Punx produced a satirical remake of Mylo's "Destroy Rock & Roll" entitled "Destroy Celebrity Crap" which replaced the original's list of 1980s pop stars with a list of the main celebrities who were currently dominating the UK media in a lighthearted backlash against the dumbing down celebrity focus of the media. Distributed for free on mp3, the track received in excess of 20,000 downloads within one week after exposure in Popbitch newsletter.
Building on their reputation as bootleg remixers, which lead to them being voted number 2 bootleg remixers of 2003 by listeners of BBC Radio One, The Young Punx have increasingly become one of the most in-demand remix artists in the UK. Some of their most well known mixes include "Hideaway" by De'lacy, "Stoned in Love" by Chicane and Tom Jones, "Come on get it on" by Studio B, "I like girls" by Hound Dogs and "Rocket (a natural gambler)" by Braund Reynolds along with tracks by the Scissor Sisters, Don Diablo, Ike & Tina Turner, The Similou, Krafty Kuts, Space Cowboy and Norman Cook's "Mighty Dub Katz". With a very strong following in Japan, in 2008, The Young Punx remixed Step You, a #1-song by Japanese superstar Ayumi Hamasaki.
The Young Punx have released a number of original tracks commercially on vinyl, CD and mp3. 2005's "Young and Beautiful" was described by Fatboy Slim as "the most insane/catchy song I have heard all year". 2006's "Rockall" continued their trend for incorporating elements of popular culture into their work through sampling and re-editing the Shipping Forecast as read by BBC Radio 4 announcer Alan Smith. In February 2007 their track "You've got to..." became the most podcasted track in the world (as measured by the podmusiccountdown.com chart for that week) when they released it onto the podsafe music network.
Their debut album Your Music Is Killing Me was released in 2007/2008. Their second album, entitled Mashpop And Punkstep was released in March 2010 and was co-produced by Phonat with guest appearances from Count Bass D.
In addition to performing as a DJ duo (including supporting Tiësto at the world's largest club, Privilege Ibiza), The Young Punx perform as a live band including renowned guitarist Guthrie Govan. They have performed at major international festivals including Glastonbury Festival (2007), Summer Sonic Festival (2007), Nano Mugen Festival (2008) and Blue Balls Festival (2008). In 2006 they performed at the Nano Mugen Festival in Japan to 24,000 people.
TV and radio presenting
Hal Ritson, Simon Bettison and Nathan Taylor of The Young Punx also present shows in the media under The Young Punx brand. They are the hosts of the Japanese version of So You Think You Can Dance, have presented several specials on UK Dance music TV station Flaunt, and host a long running dance music and entertainment Podcast – "The Young Punx FM".
Collaboration with Dizzee Rascal
In 2009 Hal Ritson and Guthrie Govan of The Young Punx worked on 4 tracks on Dizzee Rascal's album Tongue N Cheek, leading to The Young Punx becoming Dizzee's backing band for several full live gigs, notably the 2009 BBC Electric Proms and Glastonbury Festival 2010.
Working relationship with Han Hoogerbrugge
The Young Punx have developed an artistic partnership with Dutch digital artist Han Hoogerbrugge in which Hoogerbrugge has developed the visual identity for the band, record artwork and a number of animated videos. Built on a darkly comic cast of surreal hand drawn characters, later animated in flash and 3-D animated packages, Hoogerbrugge's distinctive creations act both as the main public identity for the band, and as an exhibited part of Hoogerbrugge's own portfolio.