The Amphetameanies are a Glaswegian legend. They played their first gig together in 1997, an unlikely alliance of scooter boys, punker girls and indie kids, united by a common love of 2Tone and a desire to make people dance. From day one, it went like a train, and by 1999, they were playing a set of their own songs on the main stage of T in the Park, with no less than Joe Strummer stood in the wings cheering them on. Their chaotically tuneful live shows have since been seen far and wide, as they've toured across the UK and all over Europe, played more festivals than they can remember, and supported everyone from The Skatalites to Rancid, Toots and the Maytals to Franz Ferdinand. No-one’s backstage booze has been safe... The ‘Meanies have released eight singles on 7” vinyl to date, and two long-players on CD and vinyl. Their first, 2000’s ‘Right Line in Nylons’, was a fast and furious collision of ska beats, wonky melodies and colourful language, earning plays on Radio One and rave reviews from the likes of Kerrang and The List. Their second LP, 2006’s ‘Now! That’s What I Call...The Amphetameanies’, saw the songwriting go up a notch, as their punky scratch was tempered with pop sensibility and playful lyricism, albeit still peppered with gratuitous swearing. BBC DJs Mark Lamarr, Phil Jupitus and Vic Galloway seized on the album's single releases, and rash reviewers dared to draw comparisons with Blondie, Dexys... and Madness. Since then, there’s been an EP released, various radio sessions, a clutch of cheaply inventive music videos - and seven mini-meanies born. Summer 2014 , album number three is in the can for autumn release, there are gigs booked far and wicde, and some of those meanie kids are big enough to help run the merchandise stall. Most importantly, after 18 years, a thousand sweaty nights and a million drinks together, the various boys and girls who have been, are, and will forever be The Amphetameanies, are all still friends. And that IS legendary...
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