Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The Bureau

bureauHere's a reader suggestion from Skellies. The Bureau formed from the ashes of Dexy's Midnight Runners and included 5 members from the original Dexy's. They released only one album in 1981 on Atlantic Records and it was oddly only available in Australia and Canada.

From the liner notes: "All together, looking tough and taut, meaning business, working off traditions, going for the jugular, the Bureau have the power. Musically you see the connection with Dexy soul vision and the soul itself, but the way it comes out is fiery and original. Breaks on sax that have a wildness wailing back across generations of black american music - chords that build and build to suddenly BAAAAOWWWW out of the speakers like nothing you've heard outside of the movies, and Archie Brown stamping on the monitors and crying-shouting-testifying"

The album was reissued for the first time on CD earlier this year and the band reunited to play two gigs in support.

The Bureau were:
Andy Growcott: Percussion
Pete Williams: Bass/Vocals
Rob Jones: Guitar/Trumpet/Vocals
Archie Brown: Lead Vocals - (now with The Young Bucks)
Mick Talbot: Keyboards/Vocals - (played with the Style Council)
Paul Taylor: Trombone
Steve Spooner: Alto sax
J.B. Blythe: Tenor Sax - (now with Black 47)

Visit The Bureau's website

Go to the download page to get The Bureau - "Only For Sheep"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This mp3 didn't work for me... am I the only one?

3:22 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

try it again - I changed the file

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bureau's Let Him Have It single is a classic, right up there with anything DExys did. And that's saying something.

Tony Fletcher

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done eric, this is a great single and really proves that every band is a team not one person. Important the B side The First One is even better!!

I'm chuffed as well as I'm Skellies refered to. Fame at last.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant site, brilliant band

7:07 AM  
Blogger MJP said...

First off, may i quickly say that i love this blog, some top bands.. The Bureau are brilliant with Only for Sheep being a tremendous single, it trully is a hidden gem of the new wave period!

10:12 PM  
Anonymous friarminor said...

Any other songs, please! SO who among the members went on to join former English Beat to form General Public with Dave and Rankin?

1:16 PM  

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