The Go! Team are an English, Brighton-based six piece band (with two drummers) whose songs are a mixture of action theme songs, cheerleader chants, guitars and early hip hop, with a hint of '70s funk. Their songs are a mix of live instrumentation and samples from various sources.
The Go! Team's first full-length album, Thunder, Lightning, Strike, was released in UK and Europe on the Memphis Industries label in September 2004, to widespread critical acclaim.
In June 2004, Ian Parton recruited a band in order to play as a supporting act for Franz Ferdinand. The live band became a "separate entity" to the original studio vision, as the performances became radically different from the recordings, particularly due to Ninja's freestyled vocals contrary to the sampled vocals present on the album.
The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2005, which coincided with an international release of a "legal" version of the album wherein the album was partially re-recorded, replacing samples which could not be cleared for commercial use with alternatives.
The band's popularity increased with the re-issue of "Ladyflash" in the UK charts, resulting in national prime-time airplay on radio stations such as BBC Radio 1 and the Atlanta, USA based 99X.
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