400 Blows (British band)

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400 Blows were a British industrial/post punk band founded in 1981.

History[edit]

400 Blows was formed in Croydon, South London by Edward Beer in 1981 along with two friends, Alexander Fraser and Rob. Their debut single was released on their own Concrete Productions record label in 1982. In 1983 they were signed to the Illuminated label and subsequently released an album, "...if I kissed her I'd have to kill her first..." (a quote from serial killer Edmund Kemper to his sister, who was teasing him about wanting to kiss his teacher). In 1985 they released a single, "Movin'", described by Adrian Thrills in the New Musical Express as 'a spiked reworking of the 1976 Brass Construction dance classic'. It reached 54 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] By this time the line up was Beer, Anthony Thorpe, and Lea, formerly the female half of the duo Tom Boy. Scott Fraser continues to be a leading light in the alternative/underground music movement.[2]

Thorpe went on to run the Language record label.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • "...if I kissed her I'd have to kill her first..." (1985), Illuminated Entertainment - UK Indie No. 3[4]
  • The Good Clean English Fist (1985), Dojo - UK Indie No. 17[4]
  • Look (1986)
  • The New Lords On The Block (1989), Concrete Productions
  • Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever (1989), Concrete Productions
  • The Jealous Guy (2006)

Singles[edit]

  • "Beat The Devil" (1982), Concrete Productions
  • "Return of the Dog" (1983), Illuminated
  • "Declaration of Intent" (1984), Illuminated - UK Indie No. 24[4]
  • "Pressure" (1984), Illuminated - UK Indie No. 27[4]
  • "Groove Jumping" (1984), Illuminated - UK Indie No. 22[4]
  • "Breakdown" / "Jive 69" (1985), Illuminated
  • "Runaway" / "Breakdown" (1985), Illuminated
  • "Movin'" (1985), Illuminated - UK No. 54, UK Indie No. 3[4]
  • G.I. (1986), Saderal - with 23 Skidoo, UK Indie No. 15[4]
  • Let the Music Play EP (1986), Illuminated
  • "Champion Sound" (1991), Warrior
  • "Play Like A Human" (1991), Warrior
  • "Tension Release" (1992), Warrior

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 209. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Adrian Thrills, "Blowin' Down the House", New Musical Express, 29 June 1985, p.19
  3. ^ Haslett, Tim (1997) "In Another Language...", CMJ New Music Monthly, June 1997, p. 50, retrieved 2010-08-28
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Lazell, Barry (1998) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4, p. 93

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