Chiefs of Relief

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Chiefs of Relief
Origin Britain
Genres Rock, new wave, electronic, hip hop
Years active 1984–1989, 2010
Labels Polydor
Associated acts Sex Pistols, Adam and the Ants, The Professionals, Bow Wow Wow, Agent Provocateur
Past members Matthew Ashman, Paul Cook, Duncan Grieg, Lance Burman, David Barbarossa, Leigh Gorman

Chiefs of Relief were a British rock group, led by guitarist and vocalist Matthew Ashman, and also featuring drummer Paul Cook.[1] Often compared[by whom?] to Big Audio Dynamite (whom they would later open for on tour), The Chiefs fused rock with hip hop and electronic elements from the era.[citation needed]


The band was formed shortly after the demise of new wave band Bow Wow Wow in 1983. An early line-up included former Bow Wow Wow members Matthew Ashman (who for a brief time tried to continue Bow Wow Wow as their lead singer after they ousted the original singer Annabella Lwin, formed with remaining band members David Barbarossa and Leigh Gorman, with Paul Cook on drums. It later consisted of Ashman, Cook, keyboard player Duncan Grieg, and bassist Lance Burman.

The group's only album was 1988's self-titled release, which was issued in the US by Sire Records. Ashman died in 1995 and, on the fifteenth anniversary of his death, the band reunited for a tribute concert on 21 November 2010 at the Scala in London, in a show with Adam Ant topping the bill. It also featured later Ashman bands, Bow Wow Wow and Agent Provocateur.[2][3][4]


Studio album[edit]


  • 1984 – "Holiday" b/w "I Don't Mind, She Don't Care" and "Holiday (Instrumental)" (MCA Records)
  • 1985 – "Freedom to Rock" b/w "Dream Baby" (Where Artists Record)
  • 1987 – "Weekend" b/w "Kiss of Life" (WEA)
  • 1988 – "One Force, One Crew, One Song" (Polydor Records)


  1. ^ LLC, SPIN Media (1 August 1988). "SPIN". SPIN Media LLC. Retrieved 14 October 2016 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ "Matthew Ashman tribute show". 21 November 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kick Down The Doors. A CELEBRATION OF MATTHEW ASHMAN November 21st 2010". Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Fix, Lorne Thomson, The Digital. "Adam Ant, Bow Wow Wow, Chiefs Of Relief - A Celebration Of Matthew Ashman - Scala, London - Live Review - Music @ The Digital Fix". Retrieved 14 October 2016.