400 Blows

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Tags: noise rock punk seen live experimental industrial post-hardcore rock post-punk hardcore los angeles Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Coming together in 1981 in Croydon, London, this versatile ensemble combined funk, reggae, African music and disco. Their obvious influences, in addition to various ethnic styles, included 23 Skidoo and Throbbing Gristle. The debut release was ‘Beat The Devil’, much in the vein of Cabaret Voltaire, which attracted the attention of Illuminated Records. The band is basically the creation of Edward Beer, who dismissed original collaborator Scott Fraser after the single. The two Anthonys, Thorpe and Lea, were then roped in, although Beer continued to maintain artistic control. Early controversy surrounded the title of their debut album, If I Kissed Her, I’d Have To Kill Her First, which prompted the question of whether they liked women. ‘Oh, maybe sexually I like them, but I don’t like having them around that much. They just get on my nerves’, was Beer’s reply. A minor hit came with ‘Movin’’, an update of the old Brass...

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