Ming Tea

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Ming Tea

Ming Tea is a faux retro-mod[1] band consisting of:


Myers formed the band with Sweet and Hoffs following his Saturday Night Live stint in the early 1990s.[2][3] The members all adopted 1960s personae and performed under pseudonyms, with Myers creating the character of Austin Powers. Myers' then-wife Robin Ruzan encouraged him to write a film based on the Powers character.[3] He subsequently wrote Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, which was directed by Hoffs' husband Jay Roach, who would also direct the sequels.

The band performed the song "BBC" for the ending credits of the 1997 movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The song "Daddy Wasn't There" is performed by the band early in the 2002 sequel Goldmember, which Myers' character Austin Powers also sings in the movie. Both songs appear in their respective movie soundtracks. A promotional music video of the full song "Daddy Wasn't There" was broadcast on music video channels.

The band's aesthetics, costumes and instruments were different in each film. Originally appearing with mid-60’s mod fashions, using Fender and Rickenbacker guitars and Gibson bass for "BBC". Ming Tea's costumes changed to colorful late-60’s motif and matching Musicvox Spaceranger guitars and bass for "Daddy Wasn’t There". The band’s drum set remained the same in both films, a rare British made Arbiter set with a custom art band logo Ming Tea bass drum head.

After their collaboration in Ming Tea, Sweet and Hoffs continued to work together, recording three albums: Under the Covers, Vol. 1 in 2006, Under the Covers, Vol. 2 in 2009, and Under the Covers, Vol. 3 in 2013, which consist of some of the duo's favorite classic rock songs. In this format they have been known by the pseudonyms Sid and Susie.

In one reply to a fan's question about Ming Tea in The Bangles Fan Mail page, Susanna Hoffs states that "We got the name Ming Tea from a very obscure 1960's Italian movie starring Ursula Andress."[4] The film in question is The 10th Victim, which features the fictional Ming Tea Company.


  1. ^ Newsweek Staff (May 18, 1997). "This Sort of Thing Is His Bag, Baby". Newsweek. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Digital Hit (1997–2012). "Mike Myers". Digital Hit. Digital Hit Entertainment/ Multiplex Theatre Properties Inc. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b Cherie D. Abbey, Omnigraphics, Kevin Hillstrom (2004). Biography Today Performing Artists. Omnigraphics. p. 101. ISBN 078080709X.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "The Bangles Fan Mail". thebangles.com. Archived from the original on 2010-08-26.