Jonny "Itch" Fox

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Itch
Itch at Vans Warped Tour 2013
Itch at Vans Warped Tour 2013
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Fox
BornSouth London, England
Occupation(s)Rapper
InstrumentsVocals, ukulele
Years active2004–12; 2015–present: with the band The King Blues
2012–15: solo singer-songwriter
LabelsRed Bull Records
Associated actsJohn Feldman, Adam Lazzara, Matisyahu, Megan Joy, BC Jean
Websiteitchsmixes.com

Jonathan "Jonny" Fox,[1][2] better known simply by his stage name Itch, is an English rapper. Fox is the lead vocalist and ukulelist of The King Blues, previously performing briefly as a solo musician during the band's absence.

Early life[edit]

Jonathan Fox was born and grew up in South London, England.[3] At the age of 13, Fox was homeless and sold issues of The Big Issue to make some money.[4][5]

Music career[edit]

2004–12: The King Blues[edit]

In 2004, Fox released a solo EP under the name The King Blues. However, he began recording with a number of different musicians before settling on a permanent lineup. They initially played in squats around London.[5]

In April 2012, the band announced that they would split, with their final album, Long Live the Struggle, to be released months later in July 2012.[6]

2012–2015: Solo career[edit]

Soon after The King Blues' breakup, Itch flew to Los Angeles to begin working on solo material with collaborator John Feldmann of Goldfinger. His first solo full-length, The Deep End, released in March 2014 by Red Bull Records,[7] featured guest appearances by Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday, Matisyahu, and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.[8] He began touring extensively, including performances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals and UK dates with Scroobius Pip.[9] Itch fractured his heel during a show at London's Jazz Café in June 2013, and subsequently spent the rest of the summer on Vans Warped Tour in a wheelchair.[8] Itch also played a number of dates on The Kevin Says Tour for Warped Tour UK.[10] Itch, Fruitbag and Jamie Jazz all reunited in May 2014 for a three-song one-off encore after Itch's set at the 100 Club in London.[11] Itch had massive success in Australia where his single "Another Man" was certified double platinum and remained in the top 50 for 14 weeks.[12]

2015–present: Reunion of The King Blues[edit]

On 25 November 2015, The King Blues announced their return, as well as announcing tour dates for Enter Shikari, for whom they would appear as special guests on their Mindsweep Tour the following year.[13]

In 2016, the band released "Off with Their Heads" on rapper Scroobius Pip's Speech Development record label.

In 2017, the band signed to Cooking Vinyl Records and released their fifth full-length album The Gospel Truth.

Itch wrote a poem called "Manchester" after the Manchester bombings which was used by ITN News in their report.[citation needed]

Itch released his first book 101 Haikus which was crowd-funded and reached its goal within hours of being announced. The book went on to become an Amazon Best Seller.[citation needed]

Controversy[edit]

In June 2016, during their appearance at the Glastonwick festival (where The King Blues were also playing), The Tuts made a speech addressing allegations against Itch, dedicating their final song to "all the women who have been mentally or physically abused by itch from the King blues". Immediately after the festival they uploaded a video to their YouTube channel, along with the full text of their speech.[14]

In March 2017, Itch released a statement addressing multiple online reports of assault and abuse of women, including several former partners. Itch stated that while he was "no angel", he was the victim of an "organised smear campaign" and that three former partners of his had sent a text to him before this began, with a picture of them smiling together stating they were going to "take me down".[15][16]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Manifesto Part 1: How to Fucking Rule at Life[2] (2012)
  • Manifesto Part 2: We’re All in the Gutter[2] (2013)

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
AUS
[17]
AUT
[18]
CAN
[19]
DEN GER
[20]
IRE
[21]
NL
[22]
NZ US
[19]
The Deep End
  • Released: 28 March 2014
  • Label: Red Bull
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
12

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
UK
AUS
[23]
2013 "Best Shot"
2014 "Another Man"
(featuring Megan Joy)
12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (22 February 2013). "Win U.K. Alternative Rapper Itch's 10 Favorite Albums by Warped Tour Alumni". Diffuser. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Todd, Bella (2 August 2013). "Something for the weekend: Itch". Red Bull Records. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ Sadia, Halima (29 April 2010). "Interview with Jonny "Itch" Fox, lead singer of ska-punk outfit The King Blues by Myself". I Rule Hyrule. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  4. ^ Lindvall, Helienne (6 February 2009). "Behind the music: Tackling the big issues". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b Burton, Ilona (6 April 2011). ""Activists first, Musicians second" – The King Blues Interview". The Independent. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  6. ^ Collett-White, Mike. "UK protest punk band The King Blues announces split". Reuters. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  7. ^ Bielby, Emily (March 2014). "From the Gutter to the Stars". Big Cheese.
  8. ^ a b Young, Simon (March 2014). "What the F*ck Happened to Itch". Kerrang!.
  9. ^ "ITCH Confirmed for the 'Thank You For Flying' Tour with Air Dubai". Concert Blogger. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Warped Tour UK Announces The Kevin Says Tour Featuring Itch And". Rock Sound T. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Itch Live Review From London's 100 Club May 2014". Rock Sins. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  12. ^ http://www.australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Itch+feat%2E+Megan+Joy&titel=Another+Man&cat=s
  13. ^ James (25 November 2015). "The King Blues Announce Their Reunion". Karrang!. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  14. ^ The Tuts (4 June 2016), The Tuts discuss abuse and Itch from the King Blues | Glastonwick 2016, retrieved 18 October 2017
  15. ^ "NEWS: Itch (The King Blues) addresses assault and abuse accusations!". DEAD PRESS! | Alternative music news, reviews, interviews and more!. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  16. ^ "King Blues singer Jonny Fox suing five women over 'sexual predator' allegations". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Itch – The Deep End". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  18. ^ "Discographie Itch" [Itch Discography]. austriancharts.at. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Itch | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Itch – Biografie, Steckbrief, Diskografie, Chartverfolgung, Tourdates, Tickets, Fotos, Galerie, Links, Noten und Songtexte" [Itch – Biography profile, discography, chart tracking, tour dates, tickets, photo gallery, links, notes and lyrics]. musicline.de. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  21. ^ "Discography Itch". irishcharts.com. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  22. ^ "Discografie Itch" [Itch Discography]. dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  23. ^ "Discography Itch". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2014.

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