History of FC Kahuna
is an electronic and big beat DJ duo, composed of John
Nowell and Daniel Ormondroyd. They are sometimes known
as FC/Kahuna or Jon and Dan Kahuna. The two grew up
together, listening to music and combining that with a
business savvy that would merge into their future
developed reputations as hedonists, enhanced by their
lifestyle in running the Big Kahuna Burger club during
the height of the early nineties acid-house scene in
London. Much of their popularity came in this period,
when they performed as Jon and Dan Kahuna. They were a
highly in-demand DJ duo. They have been linked to the
Chemical Brothers in bringing the big beat sound public
during this time. They garnered a dedicated following
including star performer Fatboy Slim. In the late 90s,
they released two EPs, "You Know it Makes Sense / What
Is Kahuna?" in 1997 and "Bright Morning White" in 1998.
In this period, they released one more single in
"Mindset to Cycle" in 2000 before making what seemed to
many like an abrupt change.
As their popularity was peaking and some theorized they
were on the verge of breaking into the dance music
mainstream, they moved on from the Big Kahuna Burger
club and the lifestyle that went with it, and began to
focus on the music and putting together albums. Many
fans mourn their lost potential when they seemed to
disappear from the scene right before they were to break
In 2002, FC Kahuna released "Machine Says Yes" a
psychedelic album from which they issued several singles
and received much critical acclaim. The most popular of
the singles was arguably "Glitterball", a techno disco
dance single that embodied the futuristic electronic
sound crossed with a strong retro vibe that defined the
album. At this point, they complemented their DJ duo act
by putting together a live band and putting on
performances. The band included Hafdís Huld on vocals,
who has appeared on a number of FC Kahuna singles. The
band also included John Thompson on bass. This group
toured the UK in 2002 and has performed in other parts
of Europe and the United States.
In 2003, they released a mix album, "Another Fine Mess".
This included remixes of songs by New Order, The Faint,
Felix Da Housecat, Mellow.
During their active period, their music was featured in
Six Feet Under, CSI Miami and Nip/Tuck, and in several
movies and video games. As of 2010, the duo is largely
inactive. Their website is no longer online and there
have been no new releases or singles since that final
"You Know It Makes Sense" (1997)
"Bright Morning White" (1998)
"Mindset to Cycle" (2000)
Machine Says Yes (2002)
Another Fine Mess (2003, mix album)
"Machine Says Yes" (2003)
"Nothing Is Wrong" (2003)
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2010. In Loving Memory .......