Wednesday, June 17, 2009

400 Blows

I loved them!

Coming together in 1981 in Croydon, London, England under the name of 400 Blows, 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. This electrofunk duo recorded a handful of uptight electronic/industrial jams.

I wish I has some of their LPS!

400 Blows - Pressure 12" - 1984 - UK

400 Blows - Runaway & Breakdown 12" - 1984 - UK

400 Blows - Movin' 12" - 1985 UK

Get them all here:


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wick1000 said...

I always dug the 'Return Of The Dog' 12" Btw. doesn't the bside trk 'French Donkey' sound like a British euphemism of some sort?

the saucer people said...

400 Blows were always an interesting proposition and never got the credit they deserve (dismissed in some circles as avant-funk johnny come latelys).

I went on a trip down memory lane and found their 1984 Peel session posted and my gods does it stand the test of time (as does their Pressure & Movin' releases) far more so than many of their contemporaries.

Sure you already have it but in the unlikely event anyone stops by and thanks you for the 400 Blows post you did, they may appreciate a link to the Peel Session posted on the great 'No Record Shops Left' blog:

400 Blows : BBC Radio John Peel Session

Recorded : 8th February 1984
Broadcast : 16th February 1984

Producer - Dale Griffin
Engineer - Nick Gomm
Studio - BBC Maida Vale 5

1. For Jackie M
2. Introduction
3. Still Beating That Devil
4. Conscience

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