Unorthodox Behaviour

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Unorthodox Behaviour
Studio album by
Released18 June 1976
RecordedSeptember – October 1975
StudioTrident Studios, London
LabelCharisma (UK)
Passport (US), Jem Records
ProducerBrand X, Dennis Mackay
Brand X chronology
Unorthodox Behaviour
Moroccan Roll

Unorthodox Behaviour is the first album by British jazz fusion group Brand X. It peaked at 191 on the Billboard 200 in 1976, the same year it was released.[1][2][3][4]

The album combines jazz fusion with progressive rock. It shows extensive use of improvisation in the extended pieces, which is common in both genres of music.[5]


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In a review for AllMusic, Dave Connolly wrote: "Unorthodox Behaviour samples a variety of styles: from melodic to energetic, ethereal to mathematical. Without a standout soloist..., Brand X does run the risk of sounding like a generic fusion jazz outfit, but their compositional skills pick up the slack nicely. Those interested in the band may do well to start with this album."[1]

Markus Scharpey of Genesis News stated: "this is a well-done instrumental debut album. You feel that the musicians are very much in tune with each other. It seems that all tracks were developed from jam sessions and structured later... Phil Collins is on top of his drumming game."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Phil Collins, John Goodsall, Robin Lumley and Percy Jones.

  1. "Nuclear Burn" – 6:23
  2. "Euthanasia Waltz" – 5:42
  3. "Born Ugly" – 8:18
  4. "Smacks of Euphoric Hysteria" – 4:30
  5. "Unorthodox Behaviour" – 8:29
  6. "Running on Three" – 4:38
  7. "Touch Wood" – 3:03


Credits per insert of original album release on Charisma Records.



  • Brand X – producers
  • Dennis Mackay – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Robin Lumley – mixing
  • Geoff Leach – tape operator
  • Julian Taylor – tape operator
  • Steve Taylor – tape operator
  • Hipgnosis – sleeve design
  • All songs published by Fuse Music/Warner Brothers Music

Release information[edit]

Year Type Label Catalog # Country
1976 LP Charisma CAS 1117 UK
1976 LP Passport Records PB 9819 US
1976 LP Charisma 6369 977 Netherlands
1989 CD Virgin CASCD 1117 UK
1998 CD Caroline Blue Plate CAROL 1387-2 US
2006 CD Toshiba EMI Ltd VJCP-68782 Japan


  1. ^ a b c Connolly, Dave. "Unorthodox Behaviour". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Brand X: 'Unorthodox Behaviour'". Guitar Nine. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  3. ^ "Brand X - Unorthodox Behaviour". Jazz Music Archives. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  4. ^ "Brand X - Unorthodox Behaviour". Exposé Online. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  5. ^ a b Scharpey, Markus (July 2019). "Brand X - Unorthodox Behaviour". Genesis News. Retrieved October 9, 2022.