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December 2013
Two concerts confirmed for 2014 in France:
25th January 2014
- Le Clef, St Germain En Laye, FRANCE
5th April 2014 - Le Forum, Backtimers Soul Revue, Charleville Mézières FRANCE

November 2013
Check out the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club 2 compilation album, which features tracks from both the Bongolian and a brand new northern soul style tune Emma Beatson & The Hawkmen.

July 2013
Mako & The Hawk's latest release "Party Goin' On" 12" Vinyl EP is due out 18th July '13 on Breakbeat Paradise recordings. See www.makoandthehawk.co.uk for more info.

Recording of the new album is coming along nicely, and will feature several guest vocalists...watch this space!

September is gonna be super busy with gigs, as follows:

30th August 2013 - Royal Oak, Bath
6th September 2013 - The Trip Out, Thurleigh
14th September 2013 - Berlin Beat Explosion, Berlin
20th September 2013 - Yardbird, Birmingham
21st September 2013 - Private Party, Folkestone
27th September 2013 - Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
28th September 2013 - Miss Peapods, Penryn, Cornwall
29th September 2013 - Looe Music Festival, Cornwall

December 2012
A few live BBM dates for next year's diary:
1st March 2013
- The Paradise, 19 Kilburn Green, Kensal Way, W10 4AE, London, UK
6th September 2013 - The Trip Out (vintage car show), Scald End Farm, Thurleigh, Bedfordshire, UK
21st September 2013 - Private Party, Folkestone, UK

October 2012
Another date has been added to the forthcoming mini-euro tour:
9th December 2012 - La Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris, France.

Check out this cheeky video for the Big Boss Man vs Christina Aguilera mash up "Ain't No Other Big Boss Man" by Mako & The Hawk:

September 2012
A mini tour in Europe has just been confirmed for the start of December, with concerts in Belgium, Germany and France. See our gigs page for more information.

August 2012
Blow Up Records are in the Olympic mood and have compiled a 4 track EP called the 'Triumphs Of The Olympians EP' featuring none other than 'Triumph Of The Olympian' by Big Boss Man of course. Plus tracks from The Bongolian, Neon Plastix and Silvery. AND it's free for a very limited time from
http://www.blowup.co.uk/triumph-of-the-olympians-download/...spread the word!

June 2012
Big Boss Man have just been invited to play Mark Lamarr's God's Jukebox stage at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk - Saturday 14th July.
http://www.latitudefestival.co.uk/line-up/artist/mark_lamarrs_gods_jukebox_big_boss_man

March 2012


SPAIN TOUR 2012
The guys head out on a Spanish tour taking in ;Guadalajara, León, Oviedo, Gijón, Madrid, Miranda de Ebro and Pontevedra. Check out the gigs page for details.

Exclusive polo shirts - We now have our own range of ltd edition "fred perry style" polo shirts. Check out our on line shop for details www.freakcity.co.uk

Bonny Scotland - BBM head up to Glasgow on 27/07/12 - details to follow.

BBM IV - Expect a v.limited edtion 7" single from the long awaited BBMIV album soon.

 

October 2012
Check out this cheeky video for the Big Boss Man vs Christina Aguilera mash up "Ain't No Other Big Boss Man" by Mako & The Hawk:

September 2012
A mini tour in Europe has just been confirmed for the start of December, with concerts in Belgium, Germany and France. See our gigs page for more information.

August 2012
Blow Up Records are in the Olympic mood and have compiled a 4 track EP called the 'Triumphs Of The Olympians EP' featuring none other than 'Triumph Of The Olympian' by Big Boss Man of course. Plus tracks from The Bongolian, Neon Plastix and Silvery. AND it's free for a very limited time from
http://www.blowup.co.uk/triumph-of-the-olympians-download/...spread the word!

June 2012
Big Boss Man have just been invited to play Mark Lamarr's God's Jukebox stage at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk - Saturday 14th July.
http://www.latitudefestival.co.uk/line-up/artist/mark_lamarrs_gods_jukebox_big_boss_man

March 2012

Bristol - Big Boss Man return to the Canteen in Bristol (BS1 3QY,)
+ Djs Mako & the Hawk + Big Boss Djs spinning 7"s on 7 April 2012.

Spain - The guys head out on a Spanish tour taking in ;Guadalajara, León, Oviedo,
Gijón, Madrid, Miranda de Ebro and Pontevedra. Check out the gigs page for
details.

Exclusive polo shirts - We now have our own range of ltd edition "fred perry style" polo shirts.
Check out our on line shop for details www.freakcity.co.uk

Bonny Scotland - BBM head up to Glasgow on 27/07/12 - details to follow.

BBM IV - Expect a v.limited edtion 7" single from the long awaited BBMIV album soon.

June 2011

Upcoming shows, in:
Glasgow, Vintage Festival London, Bristol.
Dutch festival 'Vollanlog'.
Italian mini tour.
Album news:

The guys play Glasgow Friday Street Mod Weekender 25/6/11 in the afternoon at: McChuills.
Then on the 29th of July BBM play the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Vintage Festival. www.vintagebyhemingway.co.uk/line-up/friday
The next day (30th) the Big Boss crew hit Bristol to play the canteen - also down:
Dj's Mako and the Hawk and Big Boss Djs (i.e. Nass and Trev!)

On November the 5th BBM head to Holland for the Vollanlog Celluloid Music Festival - BBM previously collaborated with these guys on their
"specialist film" sound track LP.

Also pencilled in for November is a mini tour of Italy - if you are a promoter looking for a date, get in touch and we will hook you up with the
organiser.

Work has begun on 4th Big Boss Man LP working title: Wattle 'n' Daub;
Nass, Des, Hawk & Trev have laid 10 tracks down live... So far the recordings include: double drumming action, 60's dance-floor R'n'B, Stoner-Funk, Freak-beat, Hammond rave-ups and down-tempo mood vibes.

Bongos for Beatniks is out now! The Bongolian  aka Bert from BBM has his new LP out, a live session for Craig Charles' funk and soul show on BBC6 is in the pipeline too
Live show: Thurs 4 August The Bongolian live @  Plaza De Mayor, Gijon. Spain FREE! www.euroyeye.es

Nass and Trev's 22 year reunion with the Loafers took place at the Clapham Grand as part of the London International Ska Festival and they were
amazed to be joined onstage by Special guest Lynval Golding of "the Specials" for a couple  of ska faves.  The gig was a one-off reformation.
On a similar tip Nass and  Trev's Rocksteady LP (previously only available on ltd vinyl as "Prince Fatty" ) looks set to be available as a download
this Summer under the title King Fatty - the Original Prince Fatty!

Spring 2011

HMV next big thing - 4th February 2011:
BBM are special guests at the HMV next big thing event as part of the Blow Up night - the Bongolian headlines - and is on around 10:30. bbm on after about midnight - other acts on earlier are baltic fleet and silvery. It Takes place Upstairs at the Garage Highbury, london uk.

March French dates:
BBM play dates in Paris on march 11th and in Reims on the 12th where the Aggrolites are headlining the show .

4th Boss album:
BBM return to an upgraded Ramshackle Studios now in a secret country location to start work on the 4th album. Working title: Light My Fire

BBM have found their recording of "light my fire" in the Ramshackle Studio vault. It hasnt been heard since the early days of the band , it's been described as atmospheric and dynamic! Potential v limited 7 inch single.

Italy:
BBM set to return to the north of Italy In 2011- details to follow.

New Bongolian lp:
Nass aka the bongolian releases 4th album "bongos for beatniks" this spring.

New Hawk single:
Scott aka The Hawk set to release the follow up single to the acclaimed "Dont Judge A Book By Its Cover" track....

The Loafers reunion:
Nass and Trev go back in time with a one-off reunion of the cult ska favourites "The Loafers"- at the Clapham Grand. Their first time onstage
in 21 years! Friday 22 April London Ska Festival .
 

Spring / Summer 2010:

London 29th May - Big Boss Man play a special London show at their Record Label's night Blow Up.
Now in its 17th year - Blow Up is in residency every Saturday night at its new basement venue on London's Denmark Street,  London's legendary Denmark Street aka 'Tin Pan Alley'. The Club is at #4 which was the home of the Rolling Stones 60's recording studio "Regent Sound"

Resident Blow Up DJs bring a mix of Orgasmic Pop 60s Mod Soul New Wave action. Just confirmed Blow Up Records' very own Big Boss Man - on stage 10.30pm (doors 10pm):

The band are fresh back from their 2010 tour of Spain , and alongside favourites such as 'Sea Groove' and 'Party 7', Big Boss Man will be
playing tracks from their 3rd album 'Full English Beat Breakfast'. Released at the end of 2009 it has variously been described as:
The Sgt Pepper of boogaloo music 4/5, sonic 4/5 - Hi-Fi Choice
Effortlessly hip **** - Echoes
Their best album yet **** - Record Collector
Excellent - Mark Lamarr, BBC Radio 2
Big Boss Man are back and groovier than ever, 7/10 - Clash
14 scorching hot tracks here, 'Recommended Listening' - Scootering Magazine
Perennial party starters Big Boss Man are back with their third album. For loud'n'proud modish club soul, this is it! - Shindig!
Returning to blow our minds with an excellent dish on Blow Up Records! As loveable as anything they've done to date. - Dusty Groove


BBM return to Bristol on bank hol Monday 31 may for the all-day party at the Full Moon.

South of France - Bbm head off to enjoy the sun and beautiful vibes at the Riviera Affair Festival on the cote d'azure on 19th June.

Cologne - Then in July get down at the Beat the Clock festi. in Cologne on July 16th

Ugly Betty - Along with continually cropping up on "come dine with me" and Sky Sports, BBM's tunes are set to appear in ugly Betty (episode 404)
already shown in the USA, "Kelvin stardust" features in the next series that hits the UK.

Eagle-eared international Boss fans may have heard the same track on a Renault ad showing in Eastern Europe and North Africa!
 

Winter / Spring 2010:

Tours:
Big Boss Man made it back alive from a mental New Years Eve in Moscow! Thanks go out to the Caviar Lounge crew.
BBM head out on a tour of Spain to promote the new LP, CD & D-Download, “Full English Beat Breakfast” -out now, on Blow Up Records.  The tour starts in the first week of March and takes in; Madrid (– El Sol), Pontevedra, Gijon, Valladolid, Granada, Alicante, Valencia and more to be announced, – Contact I-Wanna Management , if you are a promoter looking for a date.  BBM also have pencilled in spring dates for Blow Up in London, dates in a France and a return to Bristol.

Radio:
Full English Beat Breakfast, Big Boss Man’s 3rd LP has received national and international airplay, including a live session at the BBC Maida Vale studios for Mark Lamar’s show “God’s Jukebox”, the Craig Charles Show on BBC 6, Gary Crowley’s show in London, national radio in Italy and France and a plethora of internet stations.

Mags:

Rave reviews have appeared in a selection of respected magazines; Echoes: 4/5 “Purchase with Confidence”, Record Collector: 4/5 “Their best album yet,” Clash: 7/10 “If Charlie Croker from the Italian Job was still alive-gawd bless his soul-he’d being dancing to this...” NWN: “More achingly cool as the years pass.” Hi-Fi Choice: 4/5 “the Sergeant Pepper of Boogaloo”, Drummer: 5/5 “It’s one of those albums you wish you were the drummer”, Scootering:  “Essential Listening”
 to name a few.

Other news:
BBM’s “Kelvin Stardust” is used in a Renault advert currently showing in Romania, Poland and Morocco!
The sample from BBM’s “Sea Groove” as used by Thievery Corporation in their track “the Numbers Game,” is used in the new Apple/Logic recording software as part of the demonstration.
Paris/New York DJ Ol’ Stark reported that when he spun “Sea Groove” at a prestigious fashion event last autumn in New York the dance-floor was filled with the world’s most famous Super-models – all getting down to the M4 corridor beat.  Apparently this track is so popular that the A-side of his copy has worn out and he has to play the B-side version.

Spring/Summer 2009:

The long awaited new LP/CD/d-download from “Cult” Hammond-Punk/Funk turkeys Big Boss Man, “Beat Breakfast” is set for release in the UK in August/September, then in Europe shortly after.

Having finally got over their collective hangover from their mini-tour of Tinkoff Brewery music venues in Russia, the guys set about recording their third disc for Blow Up Records - a breakfast based Hammond-Bongo-Fuzz freak-out.

The whole LP was initially recorded in the band’s own rickety 8-track analogue “Ramshackle Studios” then taken lock, stock and barrel to Nick Terry (Klaxons, Libertines etc) to produce and mix, then finally to John Davis at Metropolis Studios to master – his other clients at the time included U2’s the Edge who apparently “quite liked it” but thought it would benefit from a few more effects.

As usual  the band use a load of old weird and unnecessary gear; head honcho Nass (a.k.a the Bongolian) plays mini-VIP, Farfisa and Hammond organs, Wurlitzer piano and moog synths along to a driving bongo and fuzz beat provided by bass man “the Hawk” and guitarist Trev. The band creates a spaced-out selection of prime 60’s inspired dance floor tracks: Northern Soul vibes with “Black Eye”, garage sounds with “the Bloater,” Boogaloo with “Pies and Pastiche” even samba with “Full Brazilian” to highlight a few.

September 2008:

After having to cancel July & August’s UK and France gigs, due to Trev fracturing his wrist (tit),
BBM return to Spain with a mini tour. Starting with the Savoy Club in Gijon taking in the Floorstompers 60’s weekend in Pontevedra, Galicia on 1st November, the gigs continue through to The Purple Weekend prentaction in Leon and finishing in Castellon. Details to follow.

“Record Company  legal delays” have set back the release of BBMIII,  it’s definitely set for release this millennium,  however the guy’s music crops up in various unusual places; on Dutch TV’s “DJ Git Hyper presents music from RAYMANN is LAAT!!!” and it’s related CD – keep it cult! And hip US Electronica exponents “Thievery Corporation” continue their interest in BBM using the break from “Sea Groove” in their upcoming track “the numbers game”.

31st March 2008:

After a couple of gigs in Veinna and Modena, Big Boss Man play a string of dates in the UK, so far confirmed is 31/05/8 at the Yardbird, Birmingham, with Bristol and others set to follow.

Big Boss Man III, the new LP is all mixed (by Nick Terry of Ian Brown and Klaxons fame) bar one track; a soul floor shaker collabaration with Dean Parrish (Hopefully!)

25th October 2007:

Big Boss Man appear on the new Funk compilation album "Come on Soul" released next month on Hamburg's Legre Records - along with a whole host of groovy acts. Their track is "the Hawk".

Big Boss Man are currently in the Studio working on BBM III, a whole new a set of previously unheard tunes.

In the mean time Nass has the release of his new Bongolian LP "Outer Bongolia" next month and Trev joins him along with Badger Burgess and guests for a few live dates:
09/11/07 Soundhaus; Northampton
16/11/07 London tbc
17/11/07 Yardbird; Birmingham
30/11/07 The Horn; St.Albans
01/12/07 The Vic; Swindon
08/12/07 Purple Weekend; Spain, tbc
21/12/07 Dirty Water Club; London.

Spring 2007:

Forthcoming gigs include:
Germany Tour in March (see gigs page for more info).

Plus - Scotland, Guildford, Birmingham, Swindon, Scarboro and St Albans dates confirmed in the UK.

The Mighty Boosh Series 2 DVD featuring the BBM track on the short film 'Sweet'.

Winter 2006:

Just Back from some mental dates in Russia, (Cheers people of Rostov, Kazan and Ufa - respect due Ivan).

TV: Australia
Groovy Ausies may have heard BBM tracks on a neighbours spin-off show!

TV: UK
Spotted or rather heard: BBM on BBC :"Oz Clarkes wine" type show,
Sky one: "Oaps on asbos"
Also keep an ear out whilst wacthing Channel 4's new show "Secret Benefactor"

TV: USA
A Big Boss Man track is to be featured in a new US TV Series, entitled "Kitchen Confidential" - Made by the directors of "Sex and the City".available now on DVD

Summer 2006:

The Party 7 single continues to be picked up by football pundits, after being played at Manchester Utd's last game of the season and Robbie Wiliamsy and G Ramsey-ey's charity-a thon, Premier league ground's DJ's are spinning it across the UK .
Alan Hansen used it for his World Cup highlights on the BBC World Cup Final as well as featuring in one of a series of ads for the Nike world cup campaign 2006. Eric Cantana and Thierry Henry feature in the ad If you don't see it on TV check the website to view it :
www.nikefootball.com

Nike World Cup advert features BBM's Party 7, taken from the Humanize album.

Big Boss Buddha from the Humanize album is trailing a film in the States:"Acceptance"

Blow Up records have reissued the debut Big Boss Man album Humanize which features the Party 7 track, with stickers on the sleeve with reference to the ad. This album also incidentally forms the soundtrack to the BAFTA nominated short film Sweet which stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding
(The Mighty Boosh) the film has just recently been made available as an extra on The Mighty Boosh series 2 DVD.

BBM bass player The Hawk's launches his own project, check out: www.thehawkmusic.com

Previous News:

Prince Fatty Album
If you like Hammond Rocksteady & Reggae, check Out:
Prince Fatty :The Best of Anvil, the ltd vinyl LP containing the summer Reggae smash :Nina's Dance / Nina's Dub :out now. (Nass and Trev's covert Rocksteady recordings) Click Here for the Big Boss online shop

The new Big Boss Man album - Smell the Glove , sorry, Winner is released in UK, France, Spain and Germany,

Winner :Blow Up Records BU027CD & BU027LP
1 - Kelvin Stardust
2 - Fall in Fall Out
3 - Complicated Lady
4 - Tu As Gache Mon Talent Ma Cherie
5 - Reach Out
6 - Oh My Gawd
7 - B.O.O.G.A.L.O.O.
8 - Fever special
9 - Everybody Boogaloo
10 - Jackson 16
11 - The Hawk
12 - Got It so Bad
13 - Deception


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