Janus Stark (band)

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Janus Stark
Origin Peterborough, England
Genres Punk rock
Labels Earache Records

Janus Stark was an experimental punk rock band from Peterborough, England. Their album, Great Adventure Cigar , was highly rated by Foo Fighters and Die Toten Hosen (Vom Richie asked the band to support for the Die Toten Hosen Live tour 2000 and Campino would introduce and praise the band before each performance) and was a fusion of Punk rock, hard rock, heavy metal and alternative with influences from Helmet to The Ruts to The Beatles to The Clash. Fronted by The Prodigy live guitarist Gizz Butt, their name comes from a character, Janus Stark , in the seventies comic books Smash and Valiant. [1]

Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels and other informal channels.

Peterborough City and unitary authority in England

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Their song "Every Little Thing Counts" was featured on the soundtracks to the 1998 films Disturbing Behavior and Varsity Blues . [1]

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<i>Disturbing Behavior</i> 1998 film by David Nutter

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<i>Varsity Blues</i> (film) 1999 film by Brian Robbins

Varsity Blues is a 1999 American comedy-drama-sports film directed by Brian Robbins and starring James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester, and Scott Caan. It follows a small-town 3A high school football team and their overbearing coach through a tumultuous season. The players must deal with the pressures of adolescence and their football-obsessed community while having their hard coach on their back constantly. In the small (fictional) town of West Canaan, Texas, football is a way of life, and losing is not an option.

The band split up in 2002 and Gizz Butt reformed the band in 2018. "Gizz put together Janus Stark who signed to well-respected Nottingham label Earache and released the often overlooked album "Great Adventure Cigar" ("Still a massive high point for me", he reckons). He has since put together a harder, thrashier act, The More I See. [2] . In 2018 he decided to reform Janus Stark and asked Richard Gombault of 90's Pop Punk trio Midget to join along with long standing close friends Fozzy Dixon and Simon Martin. The reunion gig was the Hamburg Punk festival Booze Cruise. In September they will release a new song and video, influenced by The Ruts "It was cold", Joy Division "She's lost control", Helmet "Exactly what you wanted" and Sex Pistols "Submission".

Gizz Butt British musician

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Earache Records is an independent record label, music publisher and management company founded by Digby Pearson, based in Nottingham, England with offices in London and New York. It helped to pioneer extreme metal by releasing early grindcore and death metal records between 1988 and 1994. The label roster has since diversified into more mainstream guitar music, working with bands such as Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and The White Buffalo. The company also hosted the 'Earache Express' stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2017 and will be hosting 'The Earache Factory' at Boomtown Fair 2018.

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  1. 1 2 Stewart, Allison, (23 November 1998), " Gizz Butt Splits Time Between Janus Stark and Prodigy", Rolling Stone
  2. Glasper , Ian, (May 2004), "
  3. Ian Fortnam, Kerrang! , 24 April 1999