The Hamsters (UK blues rock band)

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The Hamsters were a British band from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.

They performed their first live show at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, on 1 April 1987, and their last at The Half Moon, Putney on 1 April 2012, exactly 25 years later. They initially played in local pubs with no ambitions to take themselves seriously or to turn professional. As the band ethos is to combine humour with music two members of the original band (now all three) use light-hearted and parodying pseudonyms as stage names. The original line-up was Snail's-Pace Slim on vocals and guitar, Rev Otis Elevator on drums and Andy Farrell on bass. Andy Billups, aka Ms Zsa Zsa Poltergeist, replaced Farrell on bass in 1988.

The band's name was based on a pseudonym used by the Sex Pistols.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Condensed Hamsters 2
1990 Electric Hamsterland 2
1991 Hamster Jam 1
1993 The Hamsters 1
1996 The Jimi Hendrix Memorial Concerts 1995 1
1998 Route 666 5 1
2002 They Live by Night 1
2004 Open All Hours 1
2011 Jimi Hendrix 40th Anniversary Tour ● 2010 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Pet Sounds: 10 Years of Rodent Rock 1

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