- Bentley Rhythm Ace
Infobox musical artist
Name = Bentley Rhythm Ace
Background = group_or_band
Alias = BRA
Big beat, House, Electronica
Years_active = 1995–present
URL = [http://www.smashingpress.com/bentleys/ bentleyrhythmace.com archives]
Current_members = Mike Stokes
Bentley Rhythm Ace (BRA) are a duo formed in
Birmingham, Englandin the late 1990s consisting of Mike Stokes and Richard March.
The band was formed in
Birmingham, in 1995 by March, former members of the group Pop Will Eat Itself(with guest appearances by James Atkin, a member of indie band EMF) and Mike. "Both more or less penniless, they drank in the same pub and were forced to buy their records at the cheapest place possible - car bootsales" [ [http://www.smashingpress.com/bentleys/articles/bentleydotcom/bentleydotcomnews.html Bentley Rhythm Ace biography] ] . Their live drummer was Fuzz Townshend, with whom March previously played in Pop Will Eat Itself.
album, " For Your Ears Only", was released in 2000 on Parlophonebut was less popular. A further single "Madam, Your Carriage Awaits" was released. The group also compiled a two CD "FSUK" compilation album.
In 2004, the Bentleys put out a 4 songs record with Sophia Lolley called "Angel Face".
The name likely refers to the Rhythm Ace line of analogue
drum machinesmanufactured by Ace Tone, some of which were rebranded and distributed by Bentley Pianos in the UK [ [http://www.keyboardmuseum.org/ar/a/ace/ace.html ACE-TONE ARCHIVE PAGE] retrieved April 2, 2006.] .
The group epitomises the
Big Beatera. Signed to Skint Records, they have enjoyed much commercial success with their music being used on television advertisements and with an enormous underground following.
The group have all but split, playing the occasional low-key DJ set, but have released no further material since 2000. March and Townshend also both teach at Halesowen College in the Music department.
* Richard March (born
4 March 1965, in York, England) - bassist
* Mike Stokes -
*The album track "T-Spot" was used in a commercial for
*The song "Bentley's Gonna Sort You Out!" was used in a commercial for
L'OrealShampoo along and an advert for Lynx deodorant in the UK. It was also used as the soundtrack for several of the "100 Greatest..." shows on the UK TV channel, Channel 4.
*The song "Bentley's Gonna Sort You Out!" is used by
CBC Radioas the opening theme for the Saturday afternoon show Definitely Not The Opera.
* [http://www.smashingpress.com/bentleys/ Smashing Press] (record label) BRA page with news, bulletin board and links.
* [http://homepage.ntlworld.com/wardale/midlander/ Midlander] fan site.
* [http://www.codaagency.com/bentley.html Coda] BRA's booking agents.
* [http://www.myspace.com/bentleyrhythmace Bentley Rhythm Ace's MySpace page]
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