The Midnight Beast

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The Midnight Beast
Origin London
Genres
Years active 2009–present
Labels Sounds Like Good
(created in March 2012)
Associated acts Hadouken!, The Clik Clik, Cast of Lions (formerly Chapters), Perfect People
Website www.themidnightbeast.com
Members Stefan Abingdon
Dru Wakely
Ashley Horne

The Midnight Beast, sometimes abbreviated as TMB, is a British comedy/parody music group from London. They are most famous for their YouTube cover-parody of the 2009 single "TiK ToK" by American pop artist Ke$ha.[1] The group currently has three members: Stefan Abingdon, Dru Wakely and Ashley Horne.

Reception[edit]

The Midnight Beast had 424,324 subscribers and 71,761,413 views combined on their YouTube channel (as of March 2015),[2] as well as 405,650 Facebook fans as of March 2014. The group's songs often appear on iTunes music charts with their recent album reaching Number Two in the iTunes Music charts,[3] and their accompanying music videos routinely reaching over 1 million views on YouTube.[citation needed] On Christmas Day 2009, the "TiK ToK" parody was featured on the front page of MTV.com.[4] The group has also made videos in collaboration with BBC Comedy and MTV Rocks.[citation needed]

The group has garnered praise from many of the artists that they have parodied.[citation needed] Both Ke$ha and Jay Sean have tweeted positive reactions to the parody of their respective songs, TiK ToK and Down, with Ke$ha stating "holy. shit. this is better than my version",[5][6] and Jay Sean posting "Hahha brilliant. Someone should mix this with 'pants on the ground.'"[7]

The Midnight Beast has also attracted minor controversy with its music. In an online post from February 2011, Metro, a British newspaper, raised issue with the lyrics of "Use Ya Head", a sexual education-themed skit made for the Marie Stopes International charity's Have A Larc organisation, which promotes safe sex. The paper cited the lines "One up the bum and it’s no harm done" and "One up the bum and you won’t be a mum'" stating that it appeared that the group was suggesting anal sex as a birth control method. It also quoted unnamed critics who mentioned that the video failed to point out that anal sex could still lead to the transmission of STDs.[8]

Members[edit]

  • Stefan James Donald John "Stef" Abingdon: Born 19 January 1989. He was born and grew up in Fulham, London with his parents (both of whom are musicians) and his two brothers, Kyle and Tcha. Abingdon learned piano from age six until he was asked to leave by his teacher because he did not practice enough.[9] By age 12, Stefan was playing the guitar, and a week later he started his first band named Ink. His next band, called Icarus Burning, started when he was 12 with another boy, Simon Childs, and fellow founder Dru Wakely on drums.[10] Years after, Stefan had started another band asking Maya Yianni (vocals) and Henry Bauckham (bass) to join. They went under the name, The Clik Clik Dru joined at later date after finishing college. After a few years the band called it a day and so Stefan and Dru started a new project which turned out to be called Perfect People. This was Stefan's final band before The Midnight Beast. As well as a songwriter he is now also the lead singer of the band Cast of Lions.
  • Andrew Francis "Dru" Wakely: Born 10 January 1987. He grew up in Wandsworth, South-West London. It's unclear whether the story of his father running off with the family's Spanish cleaner on Christmas Eve (as told in the song "Daddy") is true.[11] The story goes that the loss of his father led to a Calpol addiction and he described his teenage years as "a fine blend of drunken brawls, unsuccessful robbery attempts, and casual sex".[12] He met Stefan Abingdon at a local drama group. Dru said he was interested in playing drums in Stefan's band (even though he had no experience). He auditioned to Abingdon on a wooden box they found in the street.[13] His first band was known as Icarus Burning, and was also a member of Perfect People and The Clik Clik. He was the second member of The Midnight Beast, as Ashley was not fully convinced to join until the last minute.[14] As well as being in the Beast, Dru is a self-confessed 'HipHop head' and does his own songwriting and production alongside like Stefan.
  • Ashley Neil "Ash" Horne: Born 4 January 1989. He grew up in Reading with his mother and father. In his childhood he enjoyed running around his garden and pretending to be Rambo. After a few years, his sister, Sarah Louise Horne, was born into the family. He has supported Newcastle United from childhood. At the age of 12, he started attending the Silvia Young Theatre School for Performing Arts.[15] He was in Maths Mansion. After attending three years at the Italia Conti school, Ash got his first small acting part. He was part of a fake boy band in the Nickelodeon show Genie in the House. He was also "Ziggy" in EastEnders, and also got a part as "Lad" in the 2008 Christmas Special of Doctor Who with one line being "Who the hell is that?"[16] Stef was telling Dru and Ash about a new song by Kesha called Tik Tok. He was going to parody it and needed a band.[14] Ash was asked to be in the video because of his "retro – yet modern – style of dance."[17] In the Tik Tok Parody, he did not have a singing part, but was still part of the band. Recently Ash has appeared in All Stars the film and Skins Redux as the part of Stephen. He also claims that he is the "ladies man" of the band, although he has also been jokingly referred to as gay in songs by the band, such as Just Another Boyband,[18] only to then deny it in their later single The Dance Routine.[19]

Book[edit]

The group released a semi-autobiographical book, titled Book at Us Now, on 27 October 2011.[20] The book included interviews with the band members, the history of The Midnight Beast, as well as explanation of the group's videos and songs. The group held book signings around the country in a promotion titled The Book at Us Now Tour.[21]

Sitcom[edit]

The band featured as itself in the self-titled sitcom The Midnight Beast, which aired on channel E4 in 2012.[22] The series consists of 6 episodes, and details a fictionalised version of the band's members as they attempt to become successful musicians. The situation comedy also includes the actors and actress Simon Farnaby, Ryan Pope, and Sophie Wu. The show aired in Australia on 22 April 2013 on SBS2. They created series 2 which was broadcast on 23 January 2014 on E4 and proved to be a great success to the bands image. Following the finale of their second series, the band released The Unholy Trinity on iTunes featuring three songs from the series not released on the accompanying album.[23]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
Albums Top 100 UK iTunes[24]
2012 The Midnight Beast 24 5
2014 Shtick Heads 74[25] 28
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that country

EPs[edit]

Year Title Label Chart Positions
UK UK iTunes[26]
2010 Booty Call EP Midnight Beast Records
AWAL Records
64 18
2013 Love Bites EP Sounds Like Good 93 52
2015 Best At Being The Worst Sounds Like Good TBA
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that country

Releases from The Midnight Beast sitcom[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Episode Label Release Date
UK Indie

[27]

"I Kicked A Shark in the Face" 2012 6 Episode 1 Sounds Like Good 5 July 2012
"Begging" 2
"Ninjas"
"Medium Pimpin'" 20 Episode 2 12 July 2012
"Daddy"
"Quirky" 12 Episode 3 19 July 2012
"Censorshit"
"Strategy Wanking"
"Videogames" 21 Episode 4 26 July 2012
"Life Is A Musical"
"Lez Be Friends" Episode 5 2 August 2012
"Just Another Boyband"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that country

Singles[edit]

Year Singles
UK[28][29][30] AUS[31] IRE[32] Album
2009 "Tik Tok (Parody)" 90 4 39 Non-album single
2010 "Ninjas" The Midnight Beast
"Lez Be Friends"
"House Party" Non-album single
"Just Another Boyband" The Midnight Beast
2011 "The Dance Routine" 50 Non-album single
"Pizza in Ibiza"
2012 "I'm So Manly (I Make Men Cry)"
"Return of the Boyband"
"Die Young (Parody)" 91
2013 "Bass Face" Shtick Heads
2014 "Ubercvrrnt (feat. The Hell)"
"The Unholy Trinity" Non-album single
"#Selfie (Parody)"
"You & I (Parody)"
"After the After, After Party (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)"
"Wiggle (Video Audio)"
"We Won't Remember Christmas (feat. Brett Domino)"
2015 "Better Than Sex"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that country

Other tracks[edit]

Year Title
UK AUS IRE
2012 "Begging" 70
The Midnight Beast (Episode 1)
The Midnight Beast
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that country

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Midnight Beast - Feat. ST£FAN - Tik Tok Kesha Parody". YouTube. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ The Midnight Beast Youtube, accessed 11 March 2015
  3. ^ "The Midnight Beast – Artist Analysis | ITunes Music Chart Archive". Music-chart.info. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Knezevic, Milana (7 December 2010). "The Midnight Beast". York Vision. Retrieved 19 March 2012. The video currently boasts over 9 million views, with the numbers still increasing. This was likely helped by [...] it featuring on the front page of the MTV website. 
  5. ^ "Twitter / keshasuxx: @PerezHilton". Twitter.com. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Daw, Robbie (12 January 2010). "The Midnight Beast: And You Thought Ke$ha’s Version Of "TiK ToK" Was Trashy". Idolator. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Twitter / jaysean: Hahha brilliant. Someone shud". Twitter.com. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  8. ^ metrowebukmetro (7 February 2011). "Abortion charity's 'anal sex' contraception method video draws criticism". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Pg. 9. Book at us Now. Midnight Beast, The. Coronet
  10. ^ Pg. 12 Book at us Now. Midnight Beast, The. Coronet
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WERMSmltyAQ
  12. ^ Pg. 23 Book at us Now. Midnight Beast, The. Coronet
  13. ^ Pg 12. Book at us Now. Midnight Beast, The. Coronet
  14. ^ a b Pg 28. Book at us Now. Midnight Beast, The. Coronet
  15. ^ Pg 38. Book at us Now. Midnight Beast, The. Coronet
  16. ^ Pg 39 Book at us Now. Midnight Beast, The. Coronet
  17. ^ Pg. 40 Book at us Now. Midnight Beast, The. Coronet
  18. ^ The Midnight Beast - Just Another Boyband Line: "...says that he likes kissing guys"
  19. ^ The Midnight Beast - The Dance Routine Line: "Some people think that I’m gay..."
  20. ^ Book at us Now Amazon.com. Retrieved 20 June 2015
  21. ^ Book at us Now - Tour Dates The Midnight Beast.com Retrieved 3 July 2015
  22. ^ "The Midnight Beast". comedy.co.uk. The British Comedy Guide. 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  23. ^ The Midnight Beast - The Unholy Trinity - iTunes
  24. ^ The Midnight Beast Charting History iTunes Charts.net Retrieved 3 July 2015
  25. ^ Official Charts Company. The Midnight Beast: Albums. Available at http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/midnight%20beast/
  26. ^ The Midnight Beats Charting History iTunes Charts.net Retrieved 3 July 2015
  27. ^ Peak positions for singles on the UK Indie Chart:
  28. ^ "The Midnight Beast UK charting positions". Chart Stats. chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  29. ^ "Chart Positions, Artists by name (M)". Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  30. ^ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/110514cluk.txt
  31. ^ "The Midnight Beast – Tik Tok (Parody)". eMedia Jungen. australian-charts.com. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  32. ^ Steffen Hung (28 January 2010). "Discography The Midnight Beast". irishcharts.com. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 

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