The Amnesiacs are a Ska/Hiphop group from Liverpool. As a live act The Amnesiacs are a formidable force with boundless energy and enthusiasm. Their song “Top Yourself” was featured in the Kevin Sampson’s cult film “Awaydays” and their version of The Specials ‘Do The Dog’ was also released on the ‘Specialized’ album to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. The Amnesiacs debut album “Forget to Remember” is currently available on I-Tunes and Spotify.
The band features St Helens born and bred Phil Webster aka Philly Whizz on lead vocals.
Phil Webster aka Philly Whizz – Vocalist
Catherine Hardman – Vocalist
Ste Roberts – Guitar
Simon – Drums
Chris – Bass
The Amnesiacs did not play after 2013.
The Amnesiacs are an exciting Ska/rap/funk/indie group from Liverpool. Providing a scintillating rendition of contemporary Ska fused with a modern day twist, not recreating the past but rather pushing it forwards. The songs provide a sharp documentary of modern day living – subjects that affect us all in this current climate of social and political uncertainty. They combine their social awareness with humour and irony – a throw back to the golden era of socially conscious music and attitude. As a live act The Amnesiacs are a formidable force with boundless energy and enthusiasm.
The stage show incorporates the five core Amnesiacs members, plus keyboards and a three piece brass section. Also their propensity to freestyle during the set makes the live performances vibrant, unpredictable and ultimately unforgettable. “Top Yourself” is featured in Kev Sampson’s cult film “Awaydays”, released in May 2009, starring Steven Graham and Liam Boyle. It is a social take on the media hype surrounding the illusion of the supposedly self destructive world we’re living in right now. The track is available on the Amnesiacs debut album “Forget to Remember” and is available from iTunes. In the past The Amnesiacs have toured and shared stage with The Slits, Neville Staple, The Beat, Bad Manners and The Blockheads.
The band list their influences as The Specials, Prince Buster, The Selecter, Skatalites, Max Romeo and Dennis Alcapone.
THE AMNESIACS!! LIVE 2004 published on 23 October 2014
The Amnesiacs LIVE 2004 The ZANZIBAR, Liverpool. Pioneering SKA/HIPHOP group … supporting The Hat Band around Christmas time. This is the original Line-up, the band did carry on with various members coming and going. They later released the album ‘Forget to Remember’.
Top Yourself (in Awaydays film) published on 3 June 2009
Top Yourself is the single from The Amnesiacs – Liverpool’s premiere ska funk act. Featured in the film Awaydays by Kevin Sampson. From the album ‘Forget To Remember’.
Run Rabbit (live) published 5 August 2009
The Amnesiacs performing Run Rabbit live at the world famous Cavern Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool. The track can be heard on The Amnesiacs debut LP ‘Forget to Remember’.
What Do You Do #Part 2# & Going Out (Live) published 5 August 2009
The Amnesiacs performing ‘What Do You Do’ and crowd favourite ‘Going Out’ live at the world famous Cavern Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool. Both tracks can be heard on The Amnesiacs debut LP ‘Forget to Remember’.
Top Yourself (Live) published 5 August 2009
The Amnesiacs performing ‘Top Yourself’ live at the world famous Cavern Club. The track can be heard on Kev Sampsons cult film ‘Awaydays’ as well as on The Amnesiacs debut LP ‘Forget to Remember’
Who Are The Amnesiacs published 2011
The first Amnesiacs demo tape. Released by Go Wise
Forget to Remember released 4 May 2009
Released by Go Wise Recordings
You & Your Hair (Live @ Mathew Street Festival 2009) published on 6 February 2011
The Amnesiacs performing ‘You & Your Hair’ at the world famous Mathew Street Festival in 2009. This track is available on the Amnesiacs debut album ‘Forget to Remember’
Want Your Body (Live @ Mathew Street Festival 2009) published on 6 February 2011
The Amnesiacs performing ‘Want Your Body’ at the world famous Mathew Street Festival in 2009. This track is available on the Amnesiacs debut album ‘Forget to Remember’
We Are The Amnesiacs published 2011
Monkey Man published on 24 June 2011
The Amnesiacs performing ska classic ‘Monkey Man’ at a private party,
Do The Dog published on 24 June 2011
The Amnesiacs performing the Specials classic Do The Dog while supporting Roddy Radiation and the Skabilly Rebels.
Too Many Knobheads (Brouhaha Liverpool 2011) published on 25 July 2011
The Amnesiacs performing Too Many Knobheads at Liverpool’s Brouhaha Festival main stage 2011
On My Radio (Brouhaha Liverpool 2011) published on 25 July 2011
The Amnesiacs performing the Selecter’s classic ‘On My Radio’ at Liverpool’s Brouhaha Festival main stage, 23 July 2011
Do The Dog & Run Rabbit (Brouhaha Liverpool 2011) published on 25 July 2011
The Amnesiacs performing the Special’s classic Do The Dog and their own track Run Rabbit at Liverpool’s Brouhaha Festival main stage 2011
Do The Dog (Teaser for Specialized) published 14 December 2011
A teaser of ‘Do The Dog’ featured on the Specials2.com compilation “Specialized”. Released early 2012 and is made entirely of Specials covers. All proceeds went to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
2-Tone Covers published 28 July 2012
5 classic covers done Amnesiacs/The 2-Ska Band style!
Top Yourself published on 7 September 2013
MC Media, Liverpool.
Do The Dog (Specials Cover) published on 22 March 2017
The Amnesiacs covering the Specials’ classic Do The Dog. This track is commercially available on the ‘Specialized’ album.
On The Fly ‘Merge like a Zip’ EP – published 22 January 2018
All songs written and performed by: On The Fly
Mixed and Mastered : Phil Webster
Vocals/Rhythm Guitar : Phil Webster
Bass/Keys/Harps: Peter Hughes
Lead Guitars: Steven Roberts
Drums: Danny Hodges
On The Fly – Cover Versions published 22 January 2018
Sit & Wonder EP by Catherine Hardman released February 2013
Amnesiacs singer Catherine Hardman from Widnes solo EP.
“Sounds like a young verson of us” Neville Staple (The Specials)…
“Come to life and mellow out right here, cool music.” Charley Anderson – The Selecter.
“The Amnesiacs, an amazing band who played their instruments as if they were going out of fashion and sounding as though they were born to do this.” – Mangone
Selected festivals and gigs:
Zanzibar, Liverpool, 2004
Cavern Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool, August 2009
Brouhaha Festival, Princes Park, Liverpool, 23 July 2011
Williamson Tunnels, Liverpool, 2 February 2012
Eric’s, Liverpool, 14 September 2012
Mello Mello, Liverpool, 27 September 2012
Save The Buffs, Runcorn, 14 December 2012
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This article was created, compiled and produced by Barry Grady. 22 February 2018.