Stick 'em up punk it's the Fun Lovin' Criminals!

Fun Lovin' Criminals will play their debut album Come Find Yourself in full.
Fun Lovin' Criminals will play their debut album Come Find Yourself in full.

A band who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their best-known album are heading for a North-East date this weekend.

New Yorkers the Fun Lovin’ Criminals will play at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Friday night, to celebrate one of the most important albums of 1996.

Come Find Yourself, their debut release, spent almost 12 months in the UK chart, becoming a soundtrack for the summer and peaking at No. 7.

Containing elements of hip-hop, rock, blues, jazz, funk and soul, it gave the FLC songs which are still a vital part of their live show today - such as Scooby Snacks, Smoke 'Em and The King of New York.

Frontman Huey Morgan, multi-instrumentalist Brian 'Fast' Leiser and drummer Frank 'The Rhythm Man' Benbini are playing the album live and in full for the very first time.

Edsel Records will also be re-releasing the album as a deluxe vinyl edition and 3CD expanded edition on February 16.

Huey, who also hosts a Saturday show on BBC 6 Music, said: "Our debut album burned a path for crossing genres that we now take for granted.

"The music is now part of our collective lexicon and we are very proud to be able to play it live and share our love of diversity which we have always, as a band, championed."

* Tickets for the Fun Lovin' Criminals are still available from the Academy online HERE, or from the venue, priced £26.43 (including fees).