Lostprophets are a Welsh rock band formed in 1997. They have produced several demos (none of which are still produced commercially), three studio albums and nine singles. Their first album, thefakesoundofprogress, was originally recorded for £5000 and intended as a glorified demo , but the band re-recorded and re-released the album on a much wider scale through Columbia Records in the USA, although they remain with Visible Noise in the UK.
The correct way of spelling the band's name is "Lostprophets", with the L upper case and no space between the words. "lostprophets" is also a popular usage. In logos the name appears in either all upper or all lower case.
Lostprophets are well-known for recording cover versions of an eclectic array of songs and releasing them as B-sides. These have included songs from Duran Duran ("A View to a Kill"), Phil Collins ("In the Air Tonight"), Saves The Day ("Shoulder to the Wheel"), The Strokes ("Reptilia"), Justin Timberlake ("Cry Me a River") and Rachel Stevens ("Sweet Dreams My L.A. Ex").
They often break into impromptu partial covers of popular songs during live performances. In the past these have included a fusion of Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious", Neneh Cherry's "Buffalo Stance", Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and also there have been repeated instances of Ian singing the chorus to Nelly's hit single "Hot In Herre" during live performances.
In 2002, bored with playing a set filled with the same songs they'd been playing since the release of thefakesoundofprogress, the band performed a new, untitled song live on several occasions, including an NME awards performance which was broadcast on MTV2. The song was eventually released on a free CD given away with Kerrang! magazine, and was titled Lately. The band also performed another untitled song during this period, most noticeably at the Glastonbury festival of that year. The song was then subsequently broadcast on Radio 1, and occasional rips of this performance have surfaced on peer-to-peer file sharing networks.
The band has also collaborated with other bands and artists on several occasions. These collaborations include: