Monday, November 07, 2005

Leave My Funk Alone...(!)

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Another in a fine tradition of poor quality jpegs. I'm proud to say this is a photo of a photo from an ebay listing.

I always felt like APB got lost in the pin-the-influences-on-the-donkey game that once surrounded Franz Ferdinand. APB were a scrappy Scottish struggle-funk new wave band hailing from Aberdeen. Although neither as political, nor as virtuosic as, say, Gang of Four, I still think they deserve to be touring again if at all possible. Even if they can't fill Bowery Ballroom, I will be there, dancing as if I were several hundred people.

APB enjoyed some US college radio airplay in the first half of the decade known to the kids today as "The Eighties." This would be the first link in the chain of circumstance that led me to own a poor cassette copy of their work thanks to the Thompson brothers and Repo Records. Sadly, I came into possession of said tape several years after Iain Slater and Co. called it quits.

"Shoot You Down" was originally released on Aberdeen's Oily Records in 1981. Oily was also home to the Squibs and the President's Men, neither of whom I've heard. Most of APB's work is collected on the Link Records comp "Something To Believe In," which can be had for a nice price at various web merchants, if one is inclined to spend a bit of time en googlé.

APB - Shoot You Down

5 Comments:

  • At 7:18 PM, Blogger fastbacker said…

    You have always been a booster of the APB. Although there some bright spots, can we really stand by and say that this sort of bass playing is OK? I will definitely this guy's funk alone.

     
  • At 9:46 PM, Blogger Kurtis of Rambis Manor said…

    Fool! Iain Slater is one of the great funk bassists of our time, along with the guy from the Limbomaniacs.

     
  • At 9:50 PM, Blogger Kurtis of Rambis Manor said…

    Maybe you're just not a fan of real, down and dirty, soul-throbbing, egg-frying funk like Psychefunkapus.

     
  • At 9:51 PM, Blogger Kurtis of Rambis Manor said…

    Smells like jealousy.

     
  • At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Something to believe in has been re-released by Young American Recordings.

    http://www.yamrecordings.com

    APB now have a web presence

    http://www.apbtheband.com

    http://myspace.com/apbtheband

     

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