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Finitribe was a dance music band from Edinburgh, Scotland. The group is sometimes also referred to as Fini Tribe. The name was taken from finny tribe, a term used by the Rosicrucians to describe the fishes.
They began in the mid-1980s as Gallery Macabre, an experimental guitar band, before moving into a sample based dance style, setting up their independent Finiflex label, playing live and recording as funds allowed. Following a period on Chicago's Wax Trax, and the limited release of two twelve-inch singles, the band restructured with the departure of some band members and migration of vocalist Chris Connelly to join the Ministry/Revolting Cocks crew.
Based on the dancefloor success of the track "Detestimony" from the 1986 "Let the Tribe Grow" EP, the remaining members became a more dance-oriented act signing to One Little Indian. The label was then home of The Shamen, a group which had undergone a similar transition from guitar rock to dance music, although Finitribe never approached The Shamen's considerable commercial impact. The group had minor mainstream success with dance mixes of the tracks "101" and "Forevergreen" from their 1992 album, An Unexpected Groovy Treat. The follow-up LP Sheigra failed to meet with the same success despite critical acclaim. In 1996, the group, slimmed down to Miller and Pinsky with a collection of vocal collaborators, released a final album Sleazy Listening, in a drum and bass/trip-hop style, in 1998.
- David Miller (guitar/vocals/noise)
- Philip Pinsky (bass/vocals & production)
- John Vick (keyboards/sampling/production & editing) until 1996)
- Simon McGlynn (drums, until 1988)
- Andy McGregor (guitar/vocals/noise & pictures) until 1988)
- Chris Connelly (vocals, production) until 1988)
- "Curling and Stretching" 12" EP (Finiflex 1984)
- "Let the Tribe Grow" EP (Cathexis 1986)
- Noise, Lust & Fun (Finiflex 1988, One Little Indian 1989)
- Grossing 10K (One Little Indian 1989)
- An Unexpected Groovy Treat (One Little Indian 1992)
- "Forevergreen" EP (1993) - UK #51
- "Brand New" (1994) - UK #69
- Sheigra (FFRR 1995)
- "Squelch" (1996)
- Sleazy Listening (Infectious 1998)
- "Eminent Vegetarians".
- Neate, Wilson. "An Unexpected Groovy Treat - Fini Tribe : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 200. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- BBC Radio One John Peel sessions
- An overview of the band
- A brief interview with the band at the time of Sleazy Listening
- Finitribe discography at MusicBrainz
- Finitribe discography at Discogs
- FiniTribe https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fini-Tribe/364233690358623
- Finitribe https://twitter.com/davidfamiller
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