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To trace the origins of CrazyP we have to go all the way back to 1996. This was
the year that brought together James Baron and Chris Todd. It was the era of
Atari’s, Akais and bedroom studios and, through their love of bending and
reshaping old records from many different genres, a production partnership was
born in the backstreets of Nottingham. After a couple of releases under various
different monikers, the work attracted the ears of legendary deep house label
paperecordings based in Manchester and the creature that is CrazyPenis was born.
We won’t bore you all with and year by year history of what happened next and
how we ended up with a name like CrazyPenis as rumour and speculation are far
more interesting than the truth.
In short, the demand for live performance from CrazyPenis continued to grow and
required the addition of extra musicians to produce the show, and in no
particular order the following people were fished from their normal(ish) lives
to climb aboard the bus. Danielle Moore was located crooning her way round a
house party in Manchester and given a microphone instead of a glass of wine. Tim
Davies, having worked with Jim and Chris previously on CP tracks, broke from the
shackles of the photo lab to play bass guitar, and finally Matt Klose also
having worked with the boys before, was given the task of out-drumming the drum
machine. We are still a little unsure what happened to the Dr Rhythm box but
Matt assures us in his best cockney that he’s “taken care of it”
Now settled into the five piece format with Jim and Chris at the production
controls, the band have been touring extensively over the past few years
including many trips round England, Ireland, Scotland and a couple to Wales.
There’s been numerous and enjoyable trips to Australia since the band were
adopted by the Aussies in 2003 and shows across Europe over the past five years.
Highlights so far have included a support tour with ‘Faithless’ in 2005, New
Zealand and Australia for New Year 2006, headlining the Castle Stage at the Big
Chill 07 and the summer festival season every year!