Kinky Machine

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Kinky Machine
Origin London, England
Genres Indie rock, britpop
Years active 1991–1995
Labels Lemon
Associated acts Rialto
Louis Eliot & the Embers
Roll The Dice
Past members Louis Eliot
Julian Fenton
Johnny Bull
Malcolm Pardon
Nick Powell
Anthony Christmas

Kinky Machine were a 1990s indie rock band with members including Louis Eliot and Johnny Bull who went on to form Rialto, and Julian Fenton who later joined The Lightning Seeds.


The band was formed in West London in late 1991 by Louis Eliot (vocals, guitar) and Julian Fenton (drums), adding Johnny Bull (guitar), and Malcolm Pardon (bass guitar).[1][2] After signing to the Lemon label and releasing two singles in 1992, both hits on the UK Independent Chart,[2] third single "Supernatural Giver" was a minor hit, and they were signed to MCA Records offshoot Oxygen.[1] Further minor hits followed with "Shockaholic", which preceded their eponymous debut album, "Going Out With God", by which time Pardon had been replaced by Nick Powell, and "10 Second Bionic Man", before their second album, Bent, was released in 1994.[1] They toured with Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Manic Street Preachers, and drew comparisons with Pulp and Mott the Hoople, with Allmusic identifying influences from glam rock, punk rock, and Sergeant Pepper-era Beatles, and The Encyclopedia of Popular Music author Colin Larkin also comparing the band to The Only Ones.[1][2][3] They moved on to East West Records for a final single, "London Crawling", before splitting up in 1995 after Fenton had joined The Lightning Seeds, to be briefly replaced by Anthony Christmas.[1][2] They had become disillusioned with the Britpop sound, with several of the bands that had supported them in the past (including Supergrass and Elastica[4]) overtaking them and becoming prime movers in the scene, Eliot explaining "When we started, we were delving into British pop music for influences, from the Kinks and the Jam and Clash to the Beatles. All that Britpop became very boring."[5][6] Eliot and Bull re-emerged in 1996 with Rialto, with Eliot later recording with a new band, the Embers.



  • Kinky Machine (1993), MCA/Oxygen
  • Bent (1994), MCA/Oxygen

Singles, EPs

  • "Going Out With God" (1992), Lemon
  • "Swivelhead" (1992), Lemon
  • "Supernatural Giver" (1993), Lemon - UK No. 70[7]
  • "Shockaholic" (1993), MCA/Oxygen - UK No. 70[7]
  • "Going Out With God" (1993), MCA/Oxygen - UK No. 74[7]
  • The Mark Goodier Sessions (1993), MCA/Oxygen
  • "10 Second Bionic Man" (1994), MCA/Oxygen - UK No. 66[7]
  • "Cut It Down" (1994), MCA/Oxygen
  • "London Crawling" (1995), East West


  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 943
  2. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie & New Wave, Virgin Books, ISBN 978-0-7535-0231-0, p. 237
  3. ^ Parisien, Roch "Kinky Machine Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-11-15
  4. ^ Elasticatalogue
  5. ^ McCormick, Neil (1998) "It's only rock'n'roll but I like it", Daily Telegraph, 28 March 1998, retrieved 2010-11-15
  6. ^ Reece, Doug & Pride, Dominic (1998) "Rialto Gets a 2nd Shot at 'Monday' on China", Billboard, 15 August 1998, retrieved 2010-11-15
  7. ^ a b c d "Kinky Machine", Chart Stats, retrieved 2010-11-15
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