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The Wild Bunch (sound system)

The Wild Bunch were a sound system and loose collective of musicians and DJs based in the St Paul's, Montpelier and Bishopston districts of Bristol, England.



The group performed from 1983 to 1989,[1] and were renowned for playing sets that drew large crowds from the club scene and had performed shows as far away as London. They performed in soundclashes against other Bristol sound systems.

Musical styleEdit

The Wild Bunch were pioneers of amalgamating a very wide variety of genres.[2][3][4] Their shows mixed disparate styles including elements of punk, R&B and reggae. Further, it was their unique focus on slower rhythms and ambient electronic atmospheres that laid the foundations of Bristol sound, which later developed into the popular trip hop genre. They were key members of the Bristol underground scene.[5][6]


The Wild Bunch is perhaps best known for having been one of the first prominent British DJ and vocalist collaborations:[7]

Other members included:

  • Claude Williams, a.k.a. Willy Wee
  • Milo Johnson, a.k.a. DJ Milo, who left to work in Japan[10]


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  6. ^ "Bristol's The Wild Bunch". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Wild Bunch". Red Lines. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  8. ^ Murray, Robin. "Massive Attack Talk Wild Bunch". Clash Music. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Glamour, Mikey. "Wild Bunch (Massive Attack) v Soul ll Soul Sound". Sound Cloud. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  10. ^ Q, September 1991