Dave Allen (English musician)

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Dave Allen
David Allen Gang of Four.jpg
Background information
Birth nameDavid Geoffrey Allen
Born (1955-12-23) 23 December 1955 (age 63)
Cumbria, England, UK
Occupation(s)Musician, advertising, businessperson
InstrumentsBass guitar
Associated actsGang of Four, Shriekback, King Swamp

David Geoffrey Allen[1] (born 23 December 1955, in Cumbria) is an English musician, formerly the bass guitarist for the post-punk band, Gang of Four. In 1981, he left Gang of Four to form Shriekback.[2]

He later founded World Domination Recordings and two of its bands, The Elastic Purejoy and Low Pop Suicide (with Rick Boston). He appeared on several LPs and EPs with each of these bands, though his ambitious plan to release a work of 20 volumes produced only three releases, The Harvest and the Elastic Purejoy's The Clutter of Pop and Talk Radio. After leaving Shriekback in 1988, Allen founded King Swamp with other former bandmates.[3] According to Pitchfork.com,[4] in 2006, Allen formed a "super-group" under the name Faux Hoax (supposedly pronounced 'Folks') with Danny Seim of Menomena, John Askew of Tracker, and Pioneers Press author Adam Gnade. A 7" single, "Your Friends Will Carry You Home," featuring Gnade on vocals, was released by Polyvinyl records in 2008.

Subsequently, he was director of Consumer Digital Audio Services at Intel in Portland, Oregon.[5] Then he went on to be the president of the entertainment division of the Overland Agency, an advertising firm based in Portland. He is now co-founder of digital strategy firm Fight, and runs the independent record label, Pampelmoose. In 2014, he joined Beats Music as Director, Artist & Music Industry Advocacy. After Apple Inc. acquired Beats, he stayed on in Apple Music Artist Relations.[6]


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  2. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Dave Allen: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  3. ^ "King Swamp - FAQ". www.kingswamp.com. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  4. ^ "Gang of Four + Menomena = Faux Hoax". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Give it away now". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2018-10-05.