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The cosmic post-rock band Mogwai was formed in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1996 by guitarist/vocalist Stuart Braithwaite, guitarist Dominic Aitchison, and drummer Martin Bulloch, longtime friends with the goal of creating "serious guitar music." Toward that end, they added another guitarist, John Cummings, before debuting in March 1996 with the single "Tuner," a rarity in the Mogwai discography for its prominent vocals; the follow-up, a split single with Dweeb titled "Angels vs. Aliens," landed in the Top Ten on the British indie charts. Following appearances on a series of compilations, Mogwai returned later in the year with the 7" "Summer"; after another early 1997 single, "New Paths to Helicon," they issued Ten Rapid, a collection of their earliest material. Around the time that Mogwai recorded the superb 1997 EP 4 Satin, former Teenage Fanclub and Telstar Ponies member Brendan O'Hare joined the lineup in time for the recording of Mogwai's debut studio LP, Mogwai Young Team. He exited a short time later -- returning to his primary projects, Macrocosmica and Fiend -- to be replaced by Barry Burns. Mogwai next issued 1998's Kicking a Dead Pig, a two-disc remix collection; the No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew) EP appeared a few months later. In 1999, they released Come on Die Young. Rock Action arrived in early 2001. Late that year, Mogwai released the My Father, My King EP; two years later, they issued the ironically titled Happy Songs for Happy People. Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2004 arrived early in 2005. Mr. Beast, which was released in 2006, found the band going in a softer, more reflective direction. Late that year, the band's collaboration with Clint Mansell on the soundtrack to The Fountain arrived; Mogwai also crafted the score for Douglas Gordon's Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, which was released in the U.K. in 2006 and in the U.S. the following spring. The Batcat EP, which featured a collaboration with garage-psych legend Roky Erickson, arrived in late summer 2008, heralding the release of The Hawk Is Howling -- which reunited the band with producer Andy Miller for the first time in a decade -- that fall. In 2010, Mogwai released their first live album, Special Moves, as a package with the Vincent Moon-directed concert film Burning. For 2011's Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, the band reunited with Young Team producer Paul Savage for a more streamlined set of songs. Later that year, they followed up with an EP of unreleased material from the Hardcore sessions, Earth Division, released on Sub Pop. Late in 2012, the band issued A Wrenched Virile Lore, a collection of Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will remixes. Early the following year, the first taste of their score to the French zombie TV series Les Revenants (which was based on the 2004 film of the same name) arrived as a four-song EP; in February 2013, the full-length album appeared. Mogwai filled the rest of the year with recording their eighth proper album, Rave Tapes, at their Castle of Doom studio; live performances of their Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait score in Glasgow, Manchester, and London; and other live performances. Rave Tapes, which boasted a more streamlined and electronic direction than Mogwai's recent albums, was released in early 2014. Late that year, the band issued the Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1 EP, a collection of Rave Tapes remixes as well as new songs. Cummings left the band in 2015 to work on his own solo projects. Mogwai's first release after his departure was 2016's Atomic, a collection of reworked tracks from their music for Mark Cousins' BBC 4 documentary Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
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    10 songs

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    Atomic

    26 songs

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    Come on Die Young

    10 songs

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    Rave Tapes

    10 songs

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    A Wrenched Virile Lore

    10 songs

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    Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

    10 songs

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    The Hawk Is Howling

    10 songs

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    EP

    10 songs

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    Mr. Beast

    11 songs

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    Mr. Beast [Japan Bonus Track]

    12 songs

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    Come on Die Young

    12 songs

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    Kicking a Dead Pig

    19 songs

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    Young Team [Bonus Tracks]

    33 songs

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    CENTRAL BELTERS

    9 songs

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    Mr. Beast

    9 songs

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    Happy Songs for Happy People

    8 songs

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    Rock Action

    1 song

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    Bitterness Centrifuge

    1 song

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    Ether

    1 song

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    U-235

    1 song

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    Remurdered

    2 songs

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    Rano Pano

    5 songs

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    Travel Is Dangerous

    2 songs

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    Friend of the Night

    1 song

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    My Father, My King

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Top Songs by
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  2.   Hunted By A Freak
  3.   Glasgow Mega Snake
  4.   Friend Of The Night
  5.   Letters to the Metro
  6.   Thank You Space Expert
  7.   Rano Pano
  8.   Dial Revenge
  9.   Christmas Song
  10.   Simon Ferocious
  11.   Batcat
  12.   The Sun Smells Too Loud
  13.   Hexon Bogon
  14.   Master Card
  15.   Take Me Somewhere Nice
  16.   Helicon 1
  17.   Moses? I Amn't
  18.   Killing All the Flies
  19.   I Know You Are But What Am I?
  20.   Danphe and the Brain
  21.   Mogwai Fear Satan
  22.   Like Herod
  23.   Two Rights Make One Wrong
  24.   Yes I Am A Long Way From Home
  25.   Tuner
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