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Birth name Alan Leonard James
Also known as Alfunction
Born (1972-06-09) June 9, 1972 (age 45)
Origin Costa Mesa, California, United States
Genres Hard rock, Punk, Hip hop, Thrash metal
Occupation(s) Guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, bass, keyboard
Years active 1994–present
Labels 1605, Columbia, Conversion, Satan Media
Associated acts Six, The Heathens, Cypress Hill, Killing Joke, OPM, Malfunction, Hed PE

Alfunction (born Alan Leonard James; June 9, 1972 in Costa Mesa, California[1]), is an American guitarist. His stage name was bestowed upon him in 1994, by future bandmate Lauren Boquette, in reference to his band at the time, "Malfunction". He played guitar as a founding member of Six, from its beginning in 2001, until its disbanding in 2010.

He was previously a hired guitarist for Cypress Hill during the Skull and Bones tours, making his debut U.S. performance for the band while playing keyboard on the Conan O'Brien show. Alfunction went on to play guitar for Cypress Hill until July 2000, when he toured with Famous on the Tattoo the Earth festival.

In late 2010, he performed with Killing Joke, taking over bass guitar duties for original bassist Martin Glover on the North American tour in support of the Absolute Dissent Album.

A Six song he co-wrote, "Circles (Better Than Mine)", was used in the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 video game.[2]



  • Fuse (1995)


  • When the Beauty's Gone (2001)
  • The Price of Faith (2004)
  • Between the Warning and the War (2007)

The Heathens[edit]

  • Beach Blanket Beatdown! (2006)
  • Splittin' Lanes, Takin' Names (2013)

Studio credits[edit]

  • Jason Walker – "Set It Free" (2005) – guitar


  1. ^ MCLA The Lax Mag. "..mas Vamanos, Vamanos with Alfunction". Retrieved 2010-04-05. biography 
  2. ^ Planet XBox 360. "THQ Announces WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 Soundtrack". Retrieved 2010-04-05. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 

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