The King Blues are a British punk rock band from London, England, credited for fusing punk and hip hop together with influences from ska and spoken word. Tariq Ali described the band’s sounds as ‘rough, radical music that should unsettle the rulers of this country. A new generation of musicians are challenging war-monger politicians and their courtiers’. Influences include Public Enemy, The Clash and The Specials. Lead singer Jonny “Itch” Fox describes the band’s sound as ‘rebel street music.
In May 2008, the band released a single from their forthcoming second album called “Let’s Hang the Landlord” to those signed up to their email list. The lyric is autobiographical, detailing Itch’s life as a homeless teenage punk. The track was also released on a split 7″ single, alongside “Mayday”, the debut UK single by Flobots.
Save the World. Get the Girl was released on 20 October 2008 in the UK. The album was produced by Peter Miles, who produced Under the Fog, and Clive Langer (producer of Elvis Costello, Madness, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Morrissey). The album received positive reviews.
“My Boulder” was released as a single on 13 October 2008 in the UK. Zane Lowe played this track several times on BBC Radio 1 and recommended it on air to Noel Gallagher. “My Boulder” includes an excerpt from a reading of the poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning. Other tracks from the album, including What If Punk Never Happened, received airplay on Radio 1, from Rob da Bank, Mike Davies, and Zane Lowe, and on the Xfm punk show (X Punk) hosted by Pete Donaldson and Phil Clifton. The band have also received considerable airplay in Australia courtesy of Triple R’s punk program Bullying the Jukebox.
“I Got Love” was released on 4 May 2009 as the final single from the album; its first air-time was on BBC Radio 1. The band also performed a cover of Dizzee Rascal’s “Bonkers” on Radio 1’s Live Lounge in June 2009.
The Helen Foundation was launched in January 2006 as a living memorial to Helen Elizabeth Kirk, aged 24, who tragically died after a road accident on 26 December 2005.