Kula Shaker

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Kula Shaker are an English psychedelic rock band. Led by frontman Crispian Mills, the band came to prominence during the Post-Britpop era of the late 1990s. The band enjoyed commercial success in the UK between 1996 and 1999, notching up a number of Top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart, including "Tattva", "Hey Dude", "Govinda", "Hush", and "Sound of Drums". The band's debut album, K, reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart.

The band are known for their interest in traditional Indian music, culture, and mysticism, with a number of their most famous songs, including "Tattva" and "Govinda", featuring lyrics written in Sanskrit. The name Kula Shaker was itself inspired by King Kulasekhara, an Indian emperor from the 8th century. In addition, many of the band's songs feature traditional Indian instruments, such as the sitar, tamboura, and tabla, juxtaposed with guitar-heavy, Western rock instrumentation.

Kula Shaker disbanded in September 1999 but reformed in 2004 for sessions for the School of Braja compilation album. This led to plans for a full comeback, although the reformation was not widely publicised until the beginning of 2006. The band's third album, Strangefolk, was issued in 2007 and their fourth, Pilgrims Progress, was released in 2010. The band returned with a mostly sold out European tour and new album K 2.0 in 2016 which was well-received both by the media and the fans.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1986 K 4.5 13
1997 Special K 1
1999 Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts 5 11
2007 Strangefolk 4 4
2010 Pilgrim's Progress 2
2011 K-15 Buried Treasure 1
2016 K 2.0 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Kollected: The Best Of 1
2007 Tattva - The Best Of Kula Shaker 1
2016 Govinda: The Very Best of Kula Shaker 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Tattva 3
1996 Grateful When You're Dead / Jerry Was There 2
1996 Hey Dude 4
1996 Govinda 3
1997 Hush 4
1998 Sound of Drums 1
1999 Mystical Machine Gun 5
1999 Shower Your Love 3
2007 Second Sight 4


Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Summer Sun E.P. 1
1998 Sound of Drums 1
2006 Revenge of the King 2
2007 Freedom Lovin' People 1
Grateful When You're Dead 1

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