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Capone-N-Noreaga

Capone-N-Noreaga is a rap act that consists of Capone (Kiam Holley) and Noreaga (Victor Santiago). The two grew up in bad neighborhoods in Queensbridge and LeFrak City, and met each other in jail in 1992. Their debut album, The War Report, was released in 1997 while Noreaga was serving another prison sentence.

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Their debut album, The War Report, was released in 1997 while Noreaga was serving another prison sentence. With an organised management, (Kamikatze records), Cunning Dorx has become a more professional youth band out of a not so serious school band experiment. The two grew up in bad neighborhoods in Queensbridge and LeFrak City, and met each other in jail in 1992. The band has obviously improved since regular rehearsals are part of their routine. Capone-N-Noreaga is a rap act that consists of Capone (Kiam Holley) and Noreaga (Victor Santiago). The Cunning Dorx started a new beginning and their 'revival' turned out well, mainly through the engagement of several new artists and involvement in new projects, doing a great deal for the realisation of their musical aims. MTV biography (http://www.mtv.com/bands/az/capone_noreaga/bio.jhtml). Moreover, rumours that the band was going to break up persisted until their first album Flauschangriff was published in 2001.

The then-emerging lack of motivation held back any progress of the young band and consequently diminished their audience. At the end of June 1995, a demo tape was created, including four songs which were also sung at concerts with other bands, such as Rank, Kurort, Back to the Saltmine, Racial Abuse, and Distorted Picture. That is why in most of their songs, there are no lyrics to speak of. According to this view, it does not matter what they are singing as long as the melody fits.

This would make them an instrumental band. Alfons, their most productive songwriter, has always seen the human voice as just another instrument. Most of their lyrics appear to be in English but they don't really mean anything. The style of the Cunning Dorx has always been out of the ordinary so that the musicians were forced to make up neologisms like "Eclectic Iconoclasm" or "Post-Modern Alternative" themselves to give the musically minded at least a vision of their technique of mixing every thinkable genre, as exemplified in the song "Yuka-Hey", where Rap melts into 1970s Rock and Reggae.

A fact which actually helped them to maintain a broad musical perspective and provide the basis for creating their own characteristic style. This means that there is an abundance of influences on their style, from Reggae to Alternative Rock, and from Rap to Jazz. The Cunning Dorx play what they call "Post-post-modern Electrical Rock". This odd genre is due in part to the varied backgrounds of the band members, who had previous played in Alternative Rock, Hardcore Punk, Blues, Jazz and even Celtic folk bands. The remaining lineup included Christof Ulreich (vocals), Alfons Bauernfeind (guitar), Patrick Peklar (drums) and Albert Bock (bass).

By the time of their first album release, Beno Unger was officially not part of the band anymore, although he continued to record and perform with them later on. Some gigs on a larger scale, a charity concert among them, enlarged their fan base considerably. A studio session followed, the result of which was the sound carrier "That's for Pedestrians". Leading in this connection were once again Beno Unger and Alfons Bauernfeind.

This experience motivated the Cunning Dorx into writing and presenting their own musical pieces, instead of playing cover versions of well-known songs. Their first public concert took place in the country disco, Train; the gig was a success. The career of the band members started with a contest and several performances within their circle of friends, where their first devoted fans came from. The initial repertoire contained covers of Nirvana, R.E.M., and Soundgarden songs, and some of their own songs written by Beno Unger.

In May the four of them came to an agreement about the band name "Cunning Dorx", and the first rehearsals took place soon afterwards. Alfons Bauernfeind joined a few weeks later. The band was founded by Christof Ulreich, Beno Unger and Patrick Peklar, then schoolmates in Unterschützen / Burgenland in April 1994. The Cunning Dorx are an Eastern Austrian Alternative Rock band.

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