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Kula Shaker


Golden-haired good looks; interviews crammed with informed views on Vedic history and Arthurian legend; a knack for writing perfect pop hits entirely in sanskrit -- no wonder the press hated Kula Shaker. Formed by singer-guitarist Crispian Mills (son of actress Hayley Mills) as The Kays, they shot to fame after a nifty name change when the public's craving for all things psychedelic became a mania in the Oasis-drenched mid-1990s. The sound of George Harrison chewing bubblegum, Top 10 singles "Tattva," "Govinda" and "Hey Dude" remain a blast, while their two albums K and Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts are both furiously upbeat lampoons of pop culture, rock lingo and 1960s beat cliché. If they reached their peak supporting Oasis at Knebworth in 1996, then their split in 1998 (inspired by Mills' guru, apparently) meant that the fun was at least halted by a higher power.

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