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Radio On

We're so used to being able to replay something we've heard these days that it might be worth mentioning that I heard the first This Heat session (tracks 1-3) on the radio in 1977, thought it was great at the time, always remembered the experience, but of course never heard it again... until now, 35 years later, and it sounds just as good.

nb a lot of the music that was influenced by this band (and which Peel played a lot of later on, unfortunately to my ears) seemed to miss something - they got the angularity, but not the geometry - the rock without the roll. This is great though.


Formed: 1976 in Camberwell, South London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Despite their extremely short-lived tenure, U.K. experimentalist trio This Heat left behind a legacy that would open the doors for the formation of forward-thinking genres like post-rock, industrial, and post-punk. The group came together in January of 1976 in Brixton, London, made up of Charles Bullen, Charles Hayward, and Gareth Williams. All three members contributed vocals and played a variety of instruments including guitar, keyboards, clarinet, viola, and prerecorded tapes. Bullen and Hayward...
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