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Raygun are a British band currently signed to RCA Records.

History

Guitarist The Adj used to work as a fishmonger at a supermarket when he was 16.

Career

The band supported Pink during the European leg of her 2009 Funhouse Tour and toured smaller venues as headliners later in 2009.

Their debut single "Just Because" was released on August 3, 2009 and was added to the Upfront List on Radio 1's Playlist, before rising to The C List . The video for "Just Because" is directed by Joseph Kahn.

Raygun was the supporting act for Peter Bjorn and John and Newton Faulkner at the iTunes live festival on the 13th of July 2009.

On August 15th 2009, Raygun made history when it was featured alongside Kasabian, Hoobastank, Pixie Lott, Boys Like Girls and The All-American Rejects as one of the live acts at Asia's first MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia concert that was held in Malaysiamarker.

Lack Of Self Awareness

On Saturday 1st August broadcast late at night in its 4Play segment, Channel 4 broadcast a 15-minute programme featuring the band. The video was posted to Youtube by Rhodri Marsden and linked into a Guardian article of his with the title "Lack Of Self Awareness" with the copyright protected musical segments removed.

The video became a viral hit, and as the hit counter approached 10,000 with numerous predominantly negative user comments, Sony BMG enforced a take down notice on the video.

The criticism of the video mainly focused on the clich├ęd sentiments it described in which singer Ray Gun likened his band to "Iggy Pop, James Brown, David Bowie and Shirley Bassey in a lift". He also claimed the album was "inspired by the perils of hedonism, when you go out and indulge too much and regret it the next day. Anything that you think is good for a while can end up being so harmful to yourself, whether it's love or sex or drugs or alcohol".

Despite attempts to remove existing copies of the video from the internet, it is still widely available.
 It became so prolific as to inspire parody videos.


Raygun later released a tongue-in-cheek apology for the whole debacle which they posted to their MySpace blog on August 6th.

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