New Model Army
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With their roots embedded in the punk era, New Model Army were formed in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, in 1980, and immediately outlined their manifesto by naming themselves after the Sir Thomas Fairfax/Oliver Cromwell revolutionary army. The group was led by Justin "Slade The Leveller" Sullivan (b. 1956, Buckinghamshire, England; guitar, vocals), a former platform sweeper and Mars bar production-line worker, with the help of Jason "Moose" Harris (b. 1968; bass, guitar) and Robb Heaton (b. 1962, Cheshire, England, d. 4th November 2004; drums, guitar).
Their brand of punk folk/rock attracted a loyal cult following, much of which shared the band's grievances towards the Tory government policies of the 80s. This was best executed on their debut album, which combined militant themes such as "Spirit Of The Falklands" and "Vengeance" (a vitriolic anthem about getting even with one's trespassers) with the haunting lament for childhood, "A Liberal Education". The group's championing of traditional working-class ethics saw an unexpected boost for a dying art and trade - that of the clog.
New Model Army made their first public appearance at Scamps Disco in Bradford in October 1980. After releasing singles on Abstract Records, enjoying a number 2 UK independent chart hit with "The Price" in 1984, they formed an unlikely alliance with the multinational EMI Records, which saw the band acquire a higher profile and a significantly increased recording budget.
They eventually broke through to a wider audience with "No Rest", which peaked at number 28 on the UK singles chart in 1985 - a position they were never to beat in an impressive run of 12 UK chart singles between 1985 and 1991. With often inflammatory lyrics, the band have never compromised their beliefs for commercial gain.
They ran into trouble with BBC Television's Top Of The Pops show for donning T-shirts with the (albeit laudable) slogan, "Only Stupid Bastards Use Heroin". This attracted some derision from "anarcho-punk" traditionalists [a251960], who replied with their own motif: "Only Stupid Bastards Help EMI". They subsequently continued to release high-quality albums, with considerable crossover potential, always maintaining credibility with their original fanbase.
In December 1991 the group left EMI, eventually finding a new home on Epic Records. Their first single for the label revealed few concessions to the mainstream: "Here Comes The War" featured a picture of a charred body, and a pull-out poster instructing the user in how to prepare a nuclear bomb. In 1994, a dance remix of "Vengeance' was released as a protest against the Criminal Justice Bill. After a lengthy absence the band reconvened for 1998's "Strange Brotherhood". New Model Army's short spell with Epic ended as quickly as it started with the band prefering to self publish and go back to their roots. By 2000 their most recent studio album was ready. Named "Eight" it included a now familar, though no less effective, formula and energy.
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|#||Release cover||Release title||Tracks amount||Download release in mp3?||Official release date||Label of release|
|41||Brave New World||3||mp3||1985-11-00||EMI|
|42||White Coats (EP)||4||mp3||1987-09-14||EMI|
|45||Get Me Out||4||mp3||1990-08-28|
|46||History (The Videos 85-90)||14||mp3||1992-03-00||Picture Music International|
|49||Green And Grey||2||mp3||1989-06-04||EMI|
|51||Get Me Out||4||mp3||1990-08-28|
|53||Small Town England||28||mp3||2004||Recall 2cd|
|57||Green And Grey||2||mp3||1989-06-04||EMI|
|58||No Rest - Heroin||6||mp3||1985-04-12|
|59||Great Expectations||5||mp3||1989||Abstract Records|
|60||No Rest For The Wicked||20||mp3||2005-05-30||EMI|
|61||Here Comes The War||3||mp3||1993-02-01||Epic|
|62||BD3 EP||8||mp3||2006-11-21||Devil Doll Records|
|63||The Ghost Of Cain||10||mp3||1986||EMI Electrola|
|64||The Ghost Of Cain||10||mp3||1986-09-00||Fame|
|66||Wonderful Way To Go||4||mp3||1998||Eagle Records|
|70||No Rest For The Wicked||11||mp3||2006-02-13||EMI|
|71||Thunder And Consolation||10||mp3||2006-02-13||EMI|
|72||Thunder And Consolation||10||mp3||1989||EMI Electrola|
|73||Great Expectations: The Singles Collection||18||mp3||2003-10-07||Superfecta Recordings|
|75||History (The Best Of New Model Army)||14||mp3||2001||EMI|
|78||Live 21.4.85||7||mp3||1985||Picture Music International|
|80||Radio Sessions 83-84||12||mp3||1988-06-00|