2 Bad Mice

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2 Bad Mice
Origin London, England
Genres Breakbeat hardcore
Years active 1991–1995 2010 – present
Labels Moving Shadow
Associated acts Timecode
Deep Blue
Black Rain
Members Sean O'Keeffe
Simon Colebrooke
Rob Playford

2 Bad Mice are an English breakbeat hardcore group, composed of Sean O'Keeffe, Simon Colebrooke, and Rob Playford, the latter the owner of the Moving Shadow record label. 2 Bad Mice are credited as among the first UK hardcore acts to begin incorporating breakbeats into their style.[citation needed] They were part of the early to mid-1990s hardcore scene, and were instrumental in the music's steady mutation into jungle/drum and bass.[citation needed] The members of 2 Bad Mice are also members of Kaotic Chemistry, a three person group.

Their two UK Singles Chart successes were "Hold It Down" which reached number 48 in February 1992, and "Bombscare" which reached number 46 in September 1996.[1]

Although 2 Bad Mice stopped producing as the hardcore scene began to wane, a best-of compilation of the group's work appeared on the American Sme Communications label in 1995. Playford continues to record as under the alias Timecode, while O'Keeffe records under the name Deep Blue and as a member of Black Rain.

In 1997, the song "Ware Mouse" appeared in the movie The Jackal in the scene where Bruce Willis kissed a man in a gay nightclub.[citation needed]

Bombscare 1994[edit]

A new label was created in 1996 with the help of Terry Donavan (A&R at Arista Records, now CEO at Rockstar Games). This label, Moshed (MOving Shadow HousE Dept), carried new mixes from Tall Paul, DJ Sneak, and Graham Gold, along with the original and Parliament Squares versions. Rhodes went on to front the press and promo campaign, touring with the other new member Brucella.


  1. ^ Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd 17th edition (2004), p. 569 ISBN 0-85112-199-3

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