In celebration of National Album Day a white-label LP auction is to be held. Raising funds for music industry charity The Brit Trust, the auction is a first of its kind covering the breadth of British music. The full catalogue features around 300 presses, with Chrysalis Records donating test presses from the likes of The Specials (signed), Ultravox, Midge Ure, Sinead O’Connor, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Generation X, UFO, Michael Schenker, Blodwyn Pig and Ten Years After. The full collection of vinyls available is live here, with the auction taking place on the 5th October.
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Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Fun Lovin’ Criminals was formed in New York in 1993 by nightclub-working colleagues Huey Morgan and Brian Leiser, along with drummer, Steve Borgovini. Hitting the alternative airwaves in 1995 with the generational classic album Come Find Yourself, FLC delivered the cackling refrain “stick ‘em up punk, it’s the Fun Lovin’ Criminal” and the Pulp Fiction sampling hit single ‘Scooby Snacks’ , a Valium assisted stunner with its immortal lyric, “Runnin’ around, robbin’ banks, all whacked on the Scooby Snacks”.
The mid-to late 1990s was a twirling martini cocktail of world travel, acclaim and phenomenal album sales, including three weeks as support on tour with U2 in 1997. 18 months later FLC returned with 100% Columbian featuring the red-hot hits ‘Love Unlimited’ & ‘Korean Bodega’ . Following this the band released their third album Loco and toured for several years.
FLC released albums Welcome To Poppy’s in 2003 and Livin’ In The City in 2005. Their reputation as a live band grew and they started playing bigger shows. One highlight included Glastonbury in 2008, where they received a thunderous reception from 40,000 people at the Jazz/World stage. The last FLC studio album released was Classic Fantastic in 2010. 2011 saw the release of their triple live album Fun, Live, and Criminal.
The band released another live concert film titled ‘The Bong Remains The Same’ in 2014 featuring 26 live songs from a performance at Shepherds Bush Empire in London on their 2010 Classic Fantastic tour. September 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the band’s first ever live shows at The Tunnel nightclub in New York City. A world tour was setup to celebrate and the band performed their debut album in full from start to finish.