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Hadouken! are a British five-piece Electronic/Indie band. Which one generally depends on the album in question. They started in 2006.


  • James Smith - Lead vocals and electronics
  • Alice Spooner - Synthesiser
  • Daniel "Pilau" Rice - Guitar, keyboards and backing vocals
  • Christopher Purcell - Bass, keyboards and backing vocals
  • Nick Rice - Drums

As of this writing, they've released three albums, Music for an Accelerated Culture in 2008, For the Masses in 2010, and Every Weekend in 2013. They also released three E Ps, Mixtape, Not Here to Please You and Love, Sweat and Beer in 2007.


In November 2014 they announced a hiatus. James is currently producing a solo project, and Dan, Nick, and Chris are members of Cast of Lions alongside Stefan Abingdon of The Midnight Beast.

Hadouken have examples of:

  • Album Title Drop: Every Weekend is their first album to do this, being dropped in the first song, "Vortex".
  • Animated Music Video: "Mecha Love", which uses footage from Appleseed. There's also an alternate video of "Oxygen" featuring Stop Motion animation of Action Man figures.
  • The Artifact: Dan, Nick and Chris. They haven't been on a new song since 2010. Though they're still full members of the band, and live arrangements are switched around to feature them. This isn't a case of them being hated, just that the band's main output is electronic music, not rock.
  • Audience Participation Song: "Mic Check"
  • Bishōnen:
    • The male members of the band before late 2009 all had sweep fringes and effeminate clothing. However these days:
    • Chris and Nick have quiffs.
    • James has short hair.
    • Dan has grown his hair out.
  • Cover Version: They've covered Blur's "Song 2".
  • Crunkcore: Not exactly, but the Nu-Rave scene was basically the UK equivalent.
  • Darker and Edgier: Once per album:
    • Leap of Faith during the EP era, their only experiment with a straight up rock song.
    • Declaration of War on MFAAC.
    • Evil on For the Masses
    • The Vortex on Every Weekend
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Large Ham: James during live performances and Blogdouken.
  • Genre Roulette
  • Genre Shift:
    • Their EP era was New-Rave done ironically. Borders on Early Installment Weirdness
    • Their first album mixed re-recordings of these songs with Electronic Rock
    • Their second album drops the rock elements, aside from lead single "Turn the Lights Out".
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    • Their third album mixes in Dubstep and Drum and Bass with the previous electronic sound.
    • Their newest song Midnight is House Music.
  • Harsh Vocals: On a lot of songs live, the general shouts are replaced with these.
  • I Am the Band: Not much, but every time James is a guest vocalist, he's credited as Hadouken!.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: A way to tell if a fan listens to the lyrics is if they think they were serious with the New Rave era.
  • Mood Whiplash: On Music for an Accelerated Culture, as the New Rave songs were dotted around the more serious electronic songs.
  • New Sound Album: All of them, even the first one.
  • Performance Video:
    • Most of the videos before their third album.
    • Subverted nowadays. Their last performance video was released in 2011 (not counting live videos) and highlighted a problem. Neither Chris nor Dan actually do anything on that album, so they were just stood there playing keyboards (which is actually Alice's job).
  • Rearrange the Song: Live versions of the Every Weekend tracks feature guitars and bass replacing some of the keyboard layers, and live drums on a semi-acoustic kit as opposed to the programmed drumming on albums.
    • Also, any remix they do can feel like this, as James tends to add his own verses, sometimes changing the perspective of the song.
  • Take That!: Their first song "Superstar" is a take that at... someone named Luke (he was in another band, but that band didn't become famous enough for anyone to remember who the song was actually about.)
  • The Quiet One: Alice, deliberately or not, wasn't heard speaking until a brief moment in Blogdouken 18, nearly 6 years into their career.
  • Piss Take Rap: a lot, though James can rap, and has done so more seriously on recent songs.
  • Record Producer: James, who previously made straight Grime music under the name Dr Venom.
  • Stealth Parody: People thought they were serious with their partying Indie Rock image. Probably why they changed it.