The League of Gentlemen (band)

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The League of Gentlemen
Origin Dorset, England
Genres Post-punk, new wave
Years active 1980
Labels EG/Polydor
Associated acts Robert Fripp, King Crimson, XTC, Shriekback, Gang of Four
Past members Robert Fripp
Sara Lee
Barry Andrews
Johnny Toobad
Kevin Wilkinson

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).[1][2] The group's name had previously been used by Fripp's first semi-professional band in the 1960s.[3]

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."[4] 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.[5]

The band toured extensively in Europe and North America throughout 1980.[6]

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),[7] 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.

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Personnel[edit]

  • Robert Fripp - guitar
  • Sara Lee - bass
  • Barry Andrews - organ
  • Johnny Toobad - drums
  • Kevin Wilkinson - drums

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tamm (2003, Chapter 8 "Out of retirement—'The Drive to 1981': 'Discotronics': The idea and its realizations")
  2. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 348. CN 5585. 
  3. ^ Allmusic.com
  4. ^ 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 
  5. ^ 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 
  6. ^ Dgmlive.com
  7. ^ Geograph.org.uk

Also featured: Danielle Dax - vocals on Minor Man, and cover art

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