Band Aid (Italian band)

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Band Aid
Origin Lecce, Italy
Genres Avant-rock, punk jazz, no wave, Italo disco

Band Aid is an Italian band formed in Lecce in 1980.


Band Aid was formed in 1980 in Lecce by Toni Robertini, Giacomo Toriano (Mino), Francesco Nemola (Frank), Felice De Donno, Roberto Gagliardi and Paolo Cesano. It was previously named La Mela d'Oro, a group which in 1976 had already elaborated Mediterranean Jazz with elements of popular music of Salento.[1] The group was influenced by Canterbury scene, no wave, Frank Zappa and free jazz. They produced their own instrumental compositions except during the last period when the American singer Arthur Miles joined the band.

In 1980, Band Aid was the first Italian band to self-produce an LP (No Autostop) following the English example. Recorded at home on a 4-track tape recorder, the LP was published by Italian Records Service. The group defined its musical style as "No-Jazz".[2]

In 1981, they moved to Bologna and recorded their second LP, Due, published by Italian Records. They took part in the festival Electra 1 in Bologna, with Bauhaus, Peter Gordon, Lounge Lizards, DNA and Magazzini Criminali.[3]

Band Aid's music, instrumental and not inclined to the usual rock styles (except for the rhythm), is a singular presence in the new wave scene. In 1983, they took part in five episodes of RAI-Radio3 "Un certo discorso", performing live. They toured Sardinia with Litfiba for a promotional tour of new Italian music.

Following the Italian Records' trend towards dance music and Italo disco, they recorded the EP A Tour in Italy, produced by Oderso Rubini. They introduced vocals for the first time, using pre-recorded conversations of English lessons and a nonsense rap in French.[4] Side B is a remix by the American DJ, Tony Carrasco.[2] The record obtained reasonable success. The last period is marked by an attempt to reach a larger audience. In 1985, the band dissolved.

In 1993 was published "Live Tree" a CD containing unpublished music recorded live.[5]

Past members[edit]

  • Mino Toriano - guitar, bass
  • Frank Nemola - trumpet, synthesizer
  • Toni Robertini, Roberto Gagliardi - saxophone, flute
  • Felice De Donno - bass
  • Luciano Graffi - bass
  • Ignazio Orlando - bass
  • Paolo Cesano - drums
  • Fabio Sorti - drums
  • Sergio Piccinini - drums
  • Arthur Miles - vocals



  • 1980 - No Autostop (Italian Records Service, TIXE 002)
  • 1981 - Due (Italian Records, EXIT 908)
  • 1983 - A Tour in Italy (EP, 12") (Italian Records, EXIT M506)
  • 1993 - Live Tree (CD, live album) (CV, BA01)


  • 1983 - "A Tour in Italy" (7") (Bellaphone Germany, 100-07-298)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Satriano, Livia; No Wave. Contorsionismi e sperimentazioni dal CBGB al Tenax; Crac Edizioni, Falconara Marittima, 2012; p. 190. ISBN 978-8897389040
  2. ^ a b Rubini Oderso; No input no output. The Italian Records History (1980-1985); Beatstream, Bologna, 2014; p.78-79, 130, 152. ISBN 978-8890609343
  3. ^ Rubini, Oderso-Tinti, Andrea; Non disperdetevi. 1977-1982 San Francisco, New York, Bologna. Le città libere del mondo; Arcana, Roma, 2003; p.280-281. ISBN 88-7966-269-4
  4. ^ Frigidaire, n.35-36, October–November 1983, Primo Carnera Editore; p.63
  5. ^ Various authors; Largo all'avanguardia. 50 anni di musica rock a Bologna; Sonicrocket, Bologna, 2011; p.188, 87, 158, 173, 200, 220. ISBN 978-8890609367