Bentley Rhythm Ace
|Also known as||BRA|
|Genres||Big beat, electronica, electro house, electronic rock|
The band was formed in Birmingham by Richard March, formerly with the group Pop Will Eat Itself, and Mike Stokes formerly with Bugweed Centipede, with guest appearances by James Atkin, a member of indie band EMF. "Both more or less penniless, they drank in the same pub and were forced to buy their records at the cheapest place possible - car boot sales". Their live drummers include Keith York and Car SOS's Fuzz Townshend (alongside whom March previously played with in Pop Will Eat Itself), while EMF's James Atkin is also involved with BRA as a touring member.
A second album, For Your Ears Only, was released in 2000 on Parlophone but was less popular. A further single "Madam, Your Carriage Awaits" was released. The group also compiled a two CD FSUK compilation album. In 2004, the Bentleys released a 4-song record with Sophia Lolley called Angel Face.
The group split in 2000 after which they played the occasional low-key DJ set. In 2016, the duo reformed and played live sets across the UK at festivals, supporting The Wonder Stuff's December tour and headlining a few of their own shows. Michael Barrie Whoosh released a new LP in December 2021 entitled "cant remember where i left myself".
|1997||Bentley Rhythm Ace||13||Skint/Parlophone||UK: Gold|
|2000||For Your Ears Only||48||Parlophone|
|1996||"Bentleys Gonna Sort You Out!"||-|
|1996||"Midlander (There Can Only Be One)"||80|
|1997||"Bentleys Gonna Sort You Out!" / "Run on the Spot"||17|
|2000||"Theme from Gutbuster"||29|
|2000||"How'd I Do Dat???"||57|
|2004||"Angel Face" (with Sophia Lolley)||-|
- FSUK3 (1998)
- Richard March (born 4 March 1965, York, England) - bass, engineering
- Mike Stokes (born 15 June 1971, Birmingham, England) - keyboards, turntables, programming
- James Atkin (vocalist for EMF, born 28 March 1969, Birmingham) - vocals, guitars
- Fuzz Townshend (born 31 July 1964, Hammersmith, London, England) - drums
- Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 75. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
- "Bentley Rhythm Archives". Archive.is. 21 October 2007. Archived from the original on 21 October 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- ACE-TONE ARCHIVE PAGE Archived 28 April 2006 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 2 April 2006.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 54. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.