The Opposition (band)

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The Opposition
Also known asOpposition
GenresPost-punk, new wave
Years active1980 (1980)–present
LabelsDouble Vision, Charisma, Mrs Jones, Right Back
Associated actsSo
MembersMark Long
Ralph Hall
Bernard Husbands
Past membersMarcus Bell

The Opposition are a long running post-punk band from London, England that featured Ralph Hall, Marcus Bell and Mark Long, and mixed new wave sounds with reggae rhythms.

Founded in 1979, The Opposition released their first single on the independent record label Double Vision Records. This was called "Very Little Glory" which the NME (New Musical Express) reviewed and said that it was "a song recorded before its time".

With the press picking up on the band, they switched from indie to major and secured a contract with the Ariola Records label in Europe. A single called "This Year" came out on Ariola, followed by the self-produced Breaking the Silence album, and a French tour.

The band then signed to Virgin Records offshoot Charisma Records and released the Intimacy album in 1983. Two more albums, Promises and Empire Days, followed in the next two years. On these releases, the band worked with producer Kenny Jones.

The band took a hiatus in 1987, when Bell and Long began working on more commercial-sounding material under the name So. Their album, Horseshoe in the Glove, yielded a minor US hit in the song "Are You Sure", which, despite receiving a moderate amount of airplay on rock radio and being named an MTV "Video of the Week", barely missed reaching Billboard's Top 40, peaking at #41.

The Opposition then regrouped and released the album Blue Alice Blue in 1990, again recorded with Kenny Jones.

Marcus Bell died in December 2014.[citation needed]


  • Breaking the Silence (1980), Double Vision Records
  • Intimacy (1983), Double Vision Records
  • Promises (1984), Charisma Records
  • Empire Days (1985), Charisma Records
  • Blue Alice Blue (1990), Declic Records
  • '81/'82 (1991), Midnight Music
  • War Begins at Home (1994), Universal
  • Blinder (2004), Mrs Jones Records
  • New York, Paris, Peckham (2004), Right Back Records – live album
  • EP2 (2010), Mrs Jones Records
  • Love and Betrayal (2011), Mrs Jones Records
  • Somewhere in Between (2016), Aztec Musique
  • Live Eighties (2018), Aztec Musique – live album

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