Ben & Jason were a singer-songwriter duo from London, England consisting of Ben Parker and Jason Hazeley. Formed in 1998, they released three albums on the Go! Beat/Universal labels: Hello, Emoticons and Ten Songs About You. When they were dropped from their major label deal, the band released their final album, Goodbye, on the independent label Setanta.
As songwriters-for-hire, they collaborated with Mundy and Martine McCutcheon.
Their biggest hit was "Air Guitar", from the album Emoticons, which reached #79 in the UK charts. AllMusic described Emoticons as an "impressive collection of elegantly crafted folk pop." Better known is their collaboration with Kinobe, "Slip into Something...", which reached #78 in the UK. The pair went their separate ways in December 2003 after disappointing results but excellent reviews from the penultimate album Ten Songs About You, and in particular the single "The Wild Things".
Ben Parker went on to form the band Lux Luther in 2004 with bass player Ollie Russian, drummer Ben Carpenter and guitarist Gavin Slater. After varying success on the London gig circuit, the band split in May 2006 when Parker decided to go solo.
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