Ten Benson

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Ten Benson
Live at The Garage, Holloway, London, 2003
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Alternative rock, heavy metal, comedy rock, swamp rock[1]
Years active 1997–2004,2006–present
Labels Sweet, Deceptive, Cottage, Art Rocker, Jetset
Associated acts Swimmer, Shiva Affect
Website http://www.tenbenson.com
Members Chris Teckkam: Vox & Guitar
Karl Hussey: Drums
Jaemi Zahra-Hall: Lead Guitar
Mush Berrier: Bass Guitar
Past members Marc Sallis - Guitar
Steve Crittall - Lead Guitar
Dan Warren - Drums
Dave Attwood - Drums
Glenn Fryatt - Drums
Paul Summer - Guitar
Andy Zammit - Drums
Jonny Wood - Keyboard
Mathis Stadlbauer - Bass
Ritchie Glover - Bass
Ian Hutchinson - Guitar/Bass
Duncan Lovatt - Vox/Guitar
Napoleon Catilo - Drums
Bruce Brand - Drums

Ten Benson are a rock band from London, United Kingdom formed in 1997. Their early releases saw them described as "psychedelic hillbillies",[3] but they later moved on to a (cod-)heavy metal sound.


The band was formed in 1997 by ex-Swimmer singer/guitarist Chris Teckkam, with Shiva Affect drummer Napoleon Catilo, and bassist Duncan Lovatt.[3] Three 7" singles were released in 1997 and 1998, the latter ("Evil Heat") getting considerable airplay on BBC Radio 1. These singles were compiled onto the 6 Fingers of Benson mini-album on Deceptive Records.[3] The United Colors of Benson EP followed in November 1998, these early release seeing them described as a "geeky gaggle of quirk-rock experimentalists".[4]

The band recorded two sessions for John Peel's show, in 1998, and 2000. "The Claw" reached #4 in the 1998 Festive 50, "Evil Heat" also making the chart at #47.[5]

Their next release, "Rock Cottage" saw them spoofing Heavy Metal. First album proper, Hiss followed in 2000. Next album was 2002's Satan Kidney Pie. The United States debut album Benson Burner was released in 2003 on Jetset Records,[6] and was described in one review as "ZZ Top in bed with The Strokes -- infectious hooks with primal leanings"[7] and gaining comparisons with Tenacious D in another.[8] Village Voice compared the band to Nantucket, and described them as "foreigners with bad hick accents growling, 'Mmmmmmm, hot sausage!'".[9] A 2003 Drowned In Sound live review described them as an "inbred family of redneck truckers resplendent in mesh caps and string vests and hirsute faces".[4] Danger of Deaf was also issued in 2003.

After a two and a half-year sabbatical, the band returned in late 2006.[10] Their live shows sometimes include unreleased songs "Third Eye" and "500 Miles". They recorded BBC Radio 6 Music sessions on Marc Riley's show on 2 October 2013, when Mike Joyce (ex Smiths drummer) stood in as the DJ, and on 6 October 2015. Ten Benson continue to play live, albeit seldomly.



  • "City Hoppers" (1997, Sweet)
  • "The Claw" (1998, Sweet)
  • "Evil Heat" (1998, Deceptive)
  • United Colors of Benson EP (1998, Deceptive)
  • "Rock Cottage" (1999, Cottage)
  • "Robot Tourist" (February 2000, Cottage) UK #97[11]
  • "I Don't Buy It" (July 2000, Cottage) UK #121[11]
  • "Black Snow" (December 2000, Cottage) UK #127[11]
  • "One Way Ticket" (August 2007, Artrocker)
  • "Mud Man" (September 2015, Ditto Music)


  • 6 Fingers of Benson (June 1998, Deceptive)
  • Hiss (March 2000, Cottage)
  • Satan Kidney Pie (2002, Artrocker)
  • Danger of Deaf (May 2003, Must Destroy)
  • Benson Burner (August 2003, Jetset)


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