Inspired by the Chemical Brothers
and Jon Carter's Heavenly Social club night, Ashworth began DJ'ing himself. He was recruited to remix "Blow the Whole Joint Up" by Carter's Monkey Mafia
, and got his new group, Dub Pistols, signed to Concrete Records
as a consequence. The band debuted in late 1996 with the singles "There's Gonna Be a Riot" and "Best Got Better." By the time of their 1998 debut album, Point Blank, big beat appeared to have run its course. Dub Pistols remained an infectious live draw, however, startling audiences in Britain and around the world.
The group's second album, Six Million Ways to Live, appeared in 2001 and was followed a year later by the mix album Y4K: Next Level Breaks. Singer Terry Hall
joined the group for its 2007 effort, Speakers and Tweeters, which featured covers of new wave classics like "Rapture" (Blondie
), "Peaches" (the Stranglers
), and "Gangsters" (from Hall
's old group, the Specials
). Their 2009 effort, Rum and Coke, came with a guest shot from DJ Justin Robertson
along with vocalists Lindy Layton
) and Ashley Slater
returned for their 2012 effort, Worshipping the Dollar, which also included several guest spots from rapper Rodney P.
, who is prominently featured on the hit single "Mucky Weekend." Their fifth effort, Return of the Pistoleros (Sunday Best Recordings
), arrived in 2015. Two years later, they issued the single "Crazy Diamonds" with Too Many T's
. The track appeared on their seventh album of the same name, which saw release in October 2017. ~ John Bush