During their initial eight-year run from 1989 to 1997, EMF released three studio albums and had gone on hiatus and reformed twice.
The name “EMF” is believed to be an abbreviation of “Epsom Mad Funkers”, a name taken from a fan club of the band New Order.
The initials were rumoured at times to stand for something else.
The song, “Head the Ball”, which featured on the remix single release of “Lies,” featured the repeating lines “Electromotive Force” and “Ecstasy Mother F******” during the song, the two most commonly rumoured names.
On the album “Schubert Dip” from 1991, after “Longtime” there is a hidden track called “EMF”. In this, the chorus lyrics start off with “E for Ecstasy, M for my minds in my feet, F from us to you”.
They then move on to “E for Ecstasy, M for mother f***** mother f*****, F from us to you”.
James Atkin (vocals, guitars), born James Saul Atkin, 28 March 1969, Birmingham
Derry Brownson (keyboards and samples), born 10 November 1970, Gloucester
Mark Decloedt (drums), born 26 June 1969, Gloucester
Zac Foley (bass), born Zachary Sebastian Rex James Foley, 9 December 1970, Gloucester; died on 3 January 2002 of a drug overdose. The remaining members of EMF played just four more gigs in late 2002, before deciding to split up, until reforming again in 2007.
- Milf (Dj scratcher), born 30 May 1969 Gloucester
- Tim Stephens (guitars), born 23 January 1980, Bath
- Stevey Marsh (bass guitar), born 15 August 1980, Portsmouth
They originally formed with the DJ Milf EMF, who then formed his own band called Stateside Hombres, who toured with James Brown and the Fun Lovin Criminals.
All the members were relatively well known in the local music scene before forming EMF in Cinderford, in October 1989.
Brownson had formed a band called Flowerdrum with his brother Leigh, but left to join Foley, Decloedt and Atkin as EMF.
Dench was last to join, having already tasted moderate success as a member of Apple Mosaic.
Their music mixed light techno elements with rockier sounds – EMF regularly used samplers and sequencers.
It has often been argued that EMF’s music was influenced by Jesus Jones.
They toured the UK in 1990 with Stereo MCs, who were at that point relatively unknown.
The single featured sampled utterances from comedian Andrew Dice Clay.
The name was explained by songwriter Ian Dench, as “If ever I’m short of a chord sequence I nick one from Schubert.”
Yoko Ono achieved an injunction, and a modified version was included in future pressings.
The album attempted to raise awareness and money in support of the AIDS epidemic, and all proceeds were donated to AIDS charities.
This single reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart. The band then released Afro King which failed to do well.
After this, the band split for the first time. However, all members of the band continued to play music.
The band’s bass guitarist, Zac Foley, died on 3 January 2002 at the age of 31, due to an overdose of non-prescribed drugs.
EMF played just four more gigs in late 2002, before splitting up again.
In 2005, Kraft Foods used EMF’s “Unbelievable” in their Kraft Crumbles advertisement campaign.
The original song’s chorus, “You’re unbelievable”, was replaced with the product claim: “It’s crumbelievable”.
In 2007, Hallmark Cards used EMF’s “Unbelievable” in their musical Mother’s Day Cards advertising campaign.
The mother was shown opening the card, heard the daughter say “Mom you Rock” followed by the music of EMF.
In May 2009, EMF announced that due to personal issues, the band would not be doing any more shows in the near future, thus ending their second reunion.
For the first time they will be performing every track from Schubert Dip live, in order to coincide with the 21st anniversary re-release.
The band is headlining at The Westbury Festival on Saturday, 25 August 2012.
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|1995||Cha Cha Cha||30||–|
|2001||Epsom Mad Funkers: The Best of EMF|
|2013||Long Live the New Flesh|
Singles and EPs
|1992||“Unexplained EP“||18||16||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Unexplained EP|
|1995||“Perfect Day“||27||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Cha Cha Cha|
|“Bleeding You Dry” (UK promo only)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|“I’m a Believer“||3||17||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||singles only|
|2001||“Incredible”||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The Best of EMF: Epsom Mad Funkers|