Initially known for making abstract, instrumental, midtempo dance music whose classification fell somewhere between trip-hop and acid jazz, their sound expanded to include vocalists and live instrumentation on 's The Mirror Conspiracy their most popular album in the United States , which was heavily influenced by bossa nova and soul. Their albums from 's The Richest Man in Babylon onward have become increasingly more political, reflecting their antiwar, pro-humanity stance in addition to their appreciation for all of the world's cultures.
History Thievery Corporation was formed in the summer of at Washington D. Rob Garza and Lounge co-owner Eric Hilton were drawn together over their mutual love of club life, as well as dub , bossa nova and jazz records. They decided to see what would come of mixing all these in a recording studio, and from this, in the duo started their Eighteenth Street Lounge Music record label. The duo drew attention with their first two inch offerings, "Shaolin Satellite" and " The duo has publicly stated their fondness of the Brazilian culture in interviews and liner notes of their releases, especially of the s Bossa Nova music movement.
Their debut album is also dedicated to the memory of Antonio Carlos Jobim , who died three years earlier. In , the group released Versions , a selection of remixes by Thievery Corporation for other artists. They toured around the United States, playing at Lollapalooza. The tour was photographed by Rob Myers, Thievery Corporation's sitar and guitar player, in the Blurb photo book Thievery Corporation Also, in , Puma Ptah, then known as Ras Puma, joined and toured with Thievery Corporation and continues to tour with them today.
The group released their fifth studio album, Radio Retaliation , on September 23, It was nominated for the Grammy for best recording package. This reflects the group's world music influences. On July 27, , Babylon Central, the cinematic directorial debut of founding member Eric Hilton, was released. Set and shot in Washington, D. The four main bandmates which formed the band, "The Archives," included: Politics Thievery Corporation has taken progressive political stances on various issues, opposing war and what they regard as exploitative trade agreements, while supporting human rights and food programs.
In September , the group participated in the Operation Ceasefire concert, with the objective of ending the Iraq War. From their press release regarding their album Radio Retaliation, Garza said: Radio Retaliation is definitely a more overt political statement [ It's hard to close your eyes and sleep while the world is burning around you.
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History Thievery Corporation was formed in the summer of at Washington D. Rob Garza and Lounge co-owner Eric Hilton were drawn together over their mutual love of club life, as well as dub , bossa nova and jazz records.