FIRE ENGINES

 

Formed in Edinburgh in 1980 from the ashes of The Dirty Reds, the Fire Engines line up of Davy Henderson (guitar / vocals), Murray Slade (guitar) Russell Burn (drums) and Graham Main (bass) were, although very different in style, still very much part of a thriving Scottish post punk scene that featured Orange Juice, Josef K, Scars, Aztec Camera and The Associates. Inspired by the Voidoids and James Chance, their live shows were frenzied affairs, short sharp shocks, chaotic, unpredictable and never more than fifteen or twenty minutes long. Pure aggression, it was passionate and exciting - jagged guitars clashed with Burn's frantic drumming while Henderson randomly screamed and yelped undecipherable lyrics over the whole glorious noise. They released their debut single 'Get Up And Use Me' / 'Everything's Roses' on their own Codex Communications label in the summer of 1980 attracting the attention of Postcard's Alan Horne and Bob Last who's Fast Label had recently released debut singles from The Mekons, Gang Of Four and Human League. Horne was desperate to sign the band to Postcard, but the Fire Engines ideals, vision and sound were more in In keeping with the Fast Records ethos. Last released their debut album 'Lubricate Your Living Room' soon after on his new imprint Pop Aural, a stunning eight track set featuring 'Discord', ?New Thing In Cartons?, 'Hungry Beat' and ?Plastic Gift?. The next single 'Candy Skin' / 'Meat Whiplash' was released the following year closely followed by the group's third and final single 'Big Gold Dream' / ?Sympathetic Anaesthetic? at the end of 1981, a performance on BBC 2's Riverside proved to be their swan song and that was it. Murray Slade and Graham Main went back to their day jobs, while Davy Henderson and Russell Burn formed Win in the mid eighties and the two are still together today as Nectarine No. 9.

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