The League of Gentlemen (band)
|The League of Gentlemen|
|Genres||Post-punk, new wave|
|Associated acts||Robert Fripp, King Crimson, XTC, Shriekback, Gang of Four|
|Past members||Robert Fripp
The League of Gentlemen was a band active during March–December 1980 that featured guitarist Robert Fripp of King Crimson fame. Other members included bass guitarist Sara Lee (who later joined Gang of Four, The B-52's, and Indigo Girls), keyboardist Barry Andrews (formerly of XTC; later of Shriekback) and percussionist Johnny Toobad, replaced late in the band's tenure by Kevin Wilkinson (later of China Crisis and Squeeze). The group's name had previously been used by Fripp's first semi-professional band in the 1960s.
The Trouser Press Record Guide described the League of Gentlemen's music as typically taking "a simple medium-to-fast backbeat over which Fripp and Andrews locked horns, with melodic development emerging slowly, surely, subtly." Trouser Press also suggests that the League's foray into dance oriented rock was a precursor to Fripp's reformed King Crimson in the early 1980s.
The band toured extensively in Europe and North America throughout 1980.
There are 77 specific tour dates detailed in the sleevenotes on the The League of Gentlemen album. Missing from this list are four (possibly warm-up) gigs at the 14th Century Hunting Lodge (now Lodge Farm House), outside the grounds of Kingston Lacy near Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England. These gigs are dated 24 to 27 February and pre-dated the first 'official' gig on 10 April at Moles, Bath.
- The League of Gentlemen (Robert Fripp album) (EG/Polydor, 1981)
- God Save the King (Robert Fripp compilation) (Editions EG, 1985)
- Thrang Thrang Gozinbulx (Live album constructed from bootleg recordings) (Discipline Records, 1996)
- Robert Fripp - guitar
- Sara Lee - bass
- Barry Andrews - organ
- Johnny Toobad - drums
- Kevin Wilkinson - drums
- Tamm (2003, Chapter 8 "Out of retirement—'The Drive to 1981': 'Discotronics': The idea and its realizations")
- Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 348. CN 5585.
- Fleischmann, Mark; Robbins, Ira (1991), "Robert Fripp", in Ira A. Robbins, The Trouser Press Record Guide, New York: Collier Books, p. 263, ISBN 0-02-036361-3
- Grant, Steven; Fleischmann, Mark; Robbins, Ira A. (1991), "King Crimson", in Ira A. Robbins, The Trouser Press Record Guide, New York: Collier Books, p. 367, ISBN 0-02-036361-3
Also featured: Danielle Dax - vocals on Minor Man, and cover art
- Tamm, Eric (2003) , "8 Out of retirement—'The Drive to 1981'", Robert Fripp: From crimson king to crafty master (Progressive Ears ed.), Faber and Faber (1990), ISBN 0-571-16289-4, Zipped Microsoft Word Document, retrieved October 26, 2011
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