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The Parlotones are a rock band from Johannesburg, South Africa. They have achieved multiplatinum-selling status in their home country. The band started in 1998. The band is known for the face make-up worn by lead singer Kahn Morbee.
In October 2003, the Parlotones self-released their debut album, Episoda. The first album to reach mainstream success was their second release, Radiocontrolledrobot through Sovereign Entertainment, which came out in July 2005 and won the "Best Rock Album" award at the 2006 South African Music Awards. The ballad "Beautiful" was used in an Irish Fujifilm television commercial, which led to a European licence deal with Universal Music. The album achieved Gold status in 2007. Their next album, A World Next Door to Yours, was released in September 2007; it is South Africa's biggest-selling rock album of the decade.
They are spokespersons for both Live Earth and Earth Hour, along with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Prince Charles, and Rihanna.
The Parlotones' video to the single "Life Design" was added on MTV Europe.
In 2009 the Parlotones played the Midem Talent Showcase in Cannes, France, where they met the American band Blue October. The Parlotones were subsequently invited to play their first US tour as the opening act on Blue October's Pick Up the Phone Tour for their Approaching Normal album. The matchup proved successful and the Parlotones have gone on to play several more US tours as headliners.
The band performed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration concert along with Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, and Shakira.
The Parlotones also recorded a song with the lead singer of Freshlyground, Zolani Mahola, called Stardust Galaxies.
The Parlotones staged an original rock theatre production, Dragonflies and Astronauts, which was broadcast live around the world in 3D via DIRECTV and in 2D on Facebook. The 3D broadcast was so well received in the United States that the satellite provider scheduled 100 re-airings, while more than half of the worldwide viewership on Facebook was from the US. Dragonflies and Astronauts featured songs from the band's catalogue, including 16 songs that were Top 40 hits in South Africa.
Their song "Rock Paper Scissors", featured on the popular American TV series One Tree Hill.
In October 2011, The Parlotones were the opening act for the Cape Town and Johannesburg concerts of Coldplay's tour to South Africa.
In September 2012, it was announced that the band was moving to Los Angeles, California.
In 2013 The Parlotones' manager Raphael Domalik Released a book - the Story of The Parlotones - Sold Out.
South African Music Awards (SAMA) 2006 — Best Rock Album
You Magazine Awards 2007 — Best Band
FHM Readers' Choice 2007
MK Awards 2007 — Best Video
People's Choice Awards 2008 — Best Music Act
Best Band Award — Caxton's "Best of JHB"
Loerie Kraft Award 2008 (the first time that a music video has won at the Loeries)
MTV Africa 2008 — Best Group nomination
MTV Africa 2008 — Best Alternative nomination
International Songwriting Competition (ISC) 2008 Music Video (first place) for "Overexposed"
International Songwriting Competition (ISC) 2008 Performance (second place) for "Giant Mistake"
MK Awards 2009 — Best Video
MK Awards 2009 — Best Animation
MK Awards 2009 — Best Serenade
SAMA Awards 2009 — MTN Record of the year (nomination) for "I'll Be There"
SAMA Awards 2009 — Best Global Chart DVD (nomination) for Unplugged
SAMA Awards 2009 — Best Music Video of the Year for "Overexposed"
SAMA Awards 2010 — Best rock album for Stardust Galaxies
SAMA Awards 2010 — Best music video for "Push Me to the Floor"
MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 - Best Alternative
Europe, Asia & MTV
They released their album Stardust Galaxies in the UK and Europe in June 2010.
The single "Life Design" was released in the UK in April 2010.
On 16 September 2009, The Parlotones together with Hands on Wine released a red wine, "Giant Mistake", named after their single from the album, A World Next Door to Yours. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (54%), Shiraz (23%), Pinotage (12%), and Cabernet Franc (11%).
In April 2010 a white wine, "Push Me to the Floor", was released, named after their single from the album Stardust Galaxies. The wine is a blend of Chenin blanc (60%), Gewürztraminer (15%), Chardonnay (20%,) and Viognier (5%).
On 5 October 2010 a rosé, "We Call This Dancing", was released, named after the song from Stardust Galaxies. The wine is a blend of Wellington Pinotage (55%), Wellington Shiraz (25%), and a balance — a blend of 30 different varietals from the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus (20%).
Glen Hodgson — bass guitar, piano, backing vocals
Paul Hodgson — lead guitar, keyboard
Kahn Morbee — lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Neil Pauw — drums, percussion