Apartment (Bristol band)

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Apartment-Bristol 1979
Background information
Origin Bristol, UK
Genres Post-punk
Years active 1978–1980
Labels Heartbeat
Cherry Red
Bristol Archive
Associated acts The Escape, Tears For Fears, Interview
Website Apartment info at Bristol Archive Records
Past members Alan Griffiths
Richard White
Steve Street

Apartment were an English post-punk band formed in Bristol, UK in late 1978. Fronted by Alan Griffiths -Vocals/Guitar, with Emil on Drums and Richard White playing Bass.[1] They appeared on Heartbeat Records 1979 seminal 'Avon Calling' Bristol Compilation album with the track 'The Alternative'.[2] In early 1980 they released a double A-sided single 'The Car / 'Winter'[3] also on Heartbeat. They were later joined by Steve Street from Europeans on Bass.

The band split up in summer 1980, and Alan Griffiths (with Emil) would later go on to form The Escape, whilst Steve Street continued his production work and briefly joined Bath band Interview. The Escape signed to Phonogram Records & in late 1983 toured as a support act for Tears For Fears. Alan Griffiths later went on to tour with Tears For Fears as a guitarist on their 1985 Big Chair world tour. Following Curt Smith's departure from Tears For Fears in 1990, Alan Griffiths became Roland Orzabal's new musical partner and co-wrote, co-produced, and performed on the TFF albums Elemental (1993) and Raoul and the Kings of Spain (1995), as well as Orzabal's 2001 solo album Tomcats Screaming Outside.

In 2009, Bristol Archive Records released a downloadable album by Apartment called House Of Secrets.[4]

In September 2010, two Apartment tracks "Broken Glass" & "The Retrospect" were included on the CD release of "Avon Calling 2" released by Bristol Archive Records.[5]

In February 2014, two Apartment tracks "The Car" & "Winter" were included on the CD release of "The Best Of Heartbeat Records" released by Bristol Archive Records



  • ’’The Car’/'Winter’’ (1980, Heartbeat Records, UK, 7", PULSE 7)


  • ’’House Of Secrets’’ (2009, Bristol Archive Records, UK, Download, ARC104)
  1. The Car
  2. Winter
  3. The Alternative
  4. Distractions
  5. Shot Down
  6. Broken Glass
  7. Third Floor
  8. I'm X
  9. Poison
  10. Fact Or Fiction
  11. House Of Secrets
  12. Blank Windscreen
  13. Time
  14. Stress Factor
  15. Cruel System

Tracks appear on[edit]

  • ’’Avon Calling’’ Bristol Compilation Album (1979, Heartbeat Records, UK, LP, HB 1) ’’The Alternative’’
  • ’’Western Stars - The Bands That Built Bristol (2001, Bristol Archive Records, UK, CD, ARC 001) ’’The Car’’
  • ’’Avon Calling [Reissue + Unreleased Tracks and Heartbeat Singles Collection]’’ (2005, Cherry Red, UK, CD, CDMRED292) ’’The Alternative’’ ’’Poison’’ ’’The Car’’ ’’Winter’’
  • ’’I'll Give You My Heart I'll Give You My Heart - The Cherry Red Records Singles Collection 1978-1983’’(2008, Cherry Red, UK, 8xCD, CRCD BOX 4) ’’The Car’’
  • ’Avon Calling 2’’ (2010, Bristol Archive Records, UK, CD, ARC 160CD) ’’Broken Glass’’ "The Retrospect"
  • ’The Best Of Heartbeat Records’’ (2014, Bristol Archive Records, UK, CD, ARC 268CD) ’’The Car’’ "Winter"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.bristolarchiverecords.com/bands/The_Escape_Apartment.html Alan Griffiths writes about Apartment at Bristol Archive Records
  2. ^ http://www.heartbeat-productions.co.uk/heart/hbr6.htm Apartment at Heartbeat Productions
  3. ^ Ogg, Alex. (2006). No More Heroes - A Complete History of British Punk, Great Britain: Cherry Red Books, p.57-59
  4. ^ House of Secrets at Bristol Archive Records
  5. ^ Bristol Archive Records

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