Marmaduke Duke

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Marmaduke Duke
Origin Ayrshire, Scotland
Genres Alternative rock, indie pop, experimental rock, post-hardcore, acoustic rock, dance-pop, funk
Years active2003–present
Labels Captains of Industry (2005-2008)
14th Floor (2008-present)
Associated acts Sucioperro
Biffy Clyro
Website Official web site
Members JP Reid
Simon Neil

Marmaduke Duke are a conceptual rock duo from Ayrshire, Scotland, comprising Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro and JP Reid of Sucioperro. Within the band, the pair perform under the pseudonyms The Atmosphere and The Dragon respectively. According to Neil, the band, and its albums, are "based on a trilogy of unreleased manuscripts that a friend of ours brought to this country a few years ago. We're really just working to soundtrack those stories." [1]

Ayrshire Historic county in Scotland

Ayrshire is a historic county and registration county in south-west Scotland, located on the shores of the Firth of Clyde. Its principal towns include Ayr, Kilmarnock and Irvine. Like many other counties of Scotland, it currently has no administrative function, instead being sub-divided into the council areas of North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and East Ayrshire. It has a population of approximately 366,800.

Scotland Country in Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Sharing a border with England to the southeast, Scotland is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, by the North Sea to the northeast and by the Irish Sea to the south. In addition to the mainland, situated on the northern third of the island of Great Britain, Scotland has over 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Simon Neil Scottish singer, guitarist and songwriter

Simon Alexander Neil is a Scottish vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter.


To date, the band have released two studio albums, with their second, Duke Pandemonium , achieving commercial success in the United Kingdom. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 14.

<i>Duke Pandemonium</i> 2009 studio album by Marmaduke Duke

Duke Pandemonium is the second studio album by Scottish conceptual rock duo Marmaduke Duke, released on 11 May 2009 on 14th Floor Records. Band member JP Reid describes the album as "superfunky, supertight, superunique."

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Background and Studio Albums

Beginnings and The Magnificent Duke

Marmaduke Duke reputedly formed in 2003. However, prior recording and touring commitments to their own respective bands meant that it took until 2005 for the band's first album - an 18-track album named The Magnificent Duke , and presented as a triptych of discs - to be released.

<i>The Magnificent Duke</i> album by Marmaduke Duke

The Magnificent Duke is the debut studio album by Scottish conceptual rock duo Marmaduke Duke, released on April 14, 2005, on Captains of Industry. The album initially had a limited run of 4000 copies. Each song has the word 'and' in the title, like "A Fox and a Cake".

Duke Pandemonium

Duke Pandemonium , the band's second studio album, was released on 11 May 2009.

In Duke Pandemonium, the band adopted a more synthesiser based approach - a radical departure from their previous musical style, and reflected in the style of two tracks ("Silhouettes" and "Everybody Dance") previewed on their web site prior to the album's launch. During live performances, again prior to the album's release, the band also performed the tracks "Erotic Robotic", "Music Show" and "Heartburn", confirming their inclusion on the then-forthcoming album.

The album was originally scheduled for release in late 2006, and a three-track sampler CD was distributed to magazines and radio stations in spring 2006. However, due to the touring and recording commitments of Biffy Clyro, and the intervention of 14th Floor Records, the decision was made to postpone the album's release until Marmaduke Duke could actually tour and promote the new record.

In late 2008, it was announced that Duke Pandemonium was to be released through 14th Floor Records (an imprint of Warner Music UK) in April 2009, preceded by two singles; 'Kid Gloves' in March 2009 and 'Rubber Lover' in April 2009.

The Death of the Duke

According to JP Reid, the band's one-song conclusion to the musical trilogy, The Death of the Duke, will be "a modern classical two guitar death march. At the moment we’re working on riffs and rhythms." [2] The band plan to record the album live at a concert, with contributions from 10 members of the audience. [3]

John Paul Reid also known as JP Reid and The Dragon is a Scottish vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter who is mainly known for his work in the bands Sucioperro and Marmaduke Duke. JP Reid is also associated with the band Medals.

Live performances

Marmaduke Duke have thus far only played two small tours, during which they played at venues in Edinburgh, Dundee, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff and Birmingham. On 09/06/2009 they were added to the Reading & Leeds Festival lineup, headlining the Festival Republic Stage on the Friday in Reading and the Sunday in Leeds. They also played T In the Park In 2009 on the Radio 1/NME stage.

Live lineup

Live, the group consists JP Reid (vocals, guitar) and Simon Neil (vocals, synth, guitar and bass). The duo are augmented by James Johnston (bass, vocals) and drummers Fergus Munro and Ben Johnston. There is usually also a cloaked/masked figure on stage during performances, known only as "The Duke"; played by Sucioperro's ex-bassist Michael Logg also known as "The Big Slice". This character might be construed as the band's own version of Public Enemy's Flavor Flav or the Happy Mondays' Bez.

Regarding the inclusion of Ben and James, Simon Neil states: "It wouldn't feel right to be out and playing without them, you know?" [1]



YearAlbum detailsPeak positions
2005 The Magnificent Duke
2009 Duke Pandemonium 1481


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
2009"Kid Gloves" Duke Pandemonium
"Rubber Lover"1242

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