Wednesday, November 23, 2005

APB

Sometimes I don't consider some bands for this site because I feel they are too well known. Many times I am wrong. I'm sure most of you have heard Aberdeen, Scotland's APB. Then again, maybe not. They were very popular in the New York City area due to airplay on the legendary WLIR and "Screamer" status for the song "Shoot You Down". There was a lot of college radio support as well. They never got beyond that in the U.S. APB began recording singles filled with intense, funky bass and wiry guitar in 1981 and a compilation of those singles was released four years later called "Something to Believe In" (Red River, 1985). Their first full-length album, Cure for the Blues, was released the following year, and in 1986, the band released their last recording, a four-track EP "Missing You Already". In 1996 "Something to Believe In" was released on CD along with some bonus tracks and quickly fell out of print. It once had been listed for sale on Amazon for $2500.00. Currently it goes for $119.00

APB was:
George Cheyne - drums
Glen Roberts - guitar
Iain Slater - bass, vocals (now with Pablo)

Surprise the APB fan in your life and spring for "Something to Believe In".

Go to the download page to get APB - "Rainy Day" here.

18 Comments:

Blogger Eric said...

UPDATE: Thanks to Erik J. for this link to Yam Recordings who will be reissuing APB next year.

http://www.yamrecordings.com/apb/

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

Awesome. I don't know too many people who remember these guys. Definitely a good one for "Lost Bands"!

5:36 PM  
Blogger heath said...

I love this APB album sooooo much. I got mine at a Salvation Army down the road from me a few years ago for 25cents. hot damn that was a score!

what are the odds I can hear that Maximum Joy track again? I love the Timmy Thomas song. he is a Hoosier like me.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Bob F. said...

I remember that CD coming out just as Link Records was going under...I actually went to the Link offices and paid cash for my copy. I don't think I ever worked so hard to buy a CD...now that I see the prices they are going for, I wish I'd have bought a box! Thanks for the download.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm, that CD will soon be worthless now that the re-issue is coming out. Better put it up on eBay quick! I bought mine at Tower Records in NYC right after it came out.

12:31 PM  
Blogger countrygrrl said...

wow APB did it stand for another punk band or aberdeen punk band..we never were that sure. living in aberdeen at the time i saw them at the venue a few times. they were indeed outstanding and the buzz when they supported james brown in new york was huge. Like lots of other aberdeen bands such as the 30 footers, the tourists, mabel meldrums, reel aliens toxic ephexx and the shamen...aberdeen really rocked..still a great city to be living in if you love music...

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Jordi said...

Hi

Slater (APB bassist) played also in a band called Pablo with Paul Fyfe that i loved so much...do you know if they're still working? Or what the hell are they doing now? I can't find anything on the web...And Coast? What's your opinion of them? Sorry, i'm not very confident with typed english..thanks a lot...my email: jomoxi@gmail.com (i need this information like air!!!)

1:53 PM  
Blogger Dod said...

apb now have a web presence at http://www.apbtheband.com
and
http://www.myspace.com/apbtheband

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It stands for Another Punk Band. They had a great song about Alford I seem to remember from their very, very early days!

2:15 PM  
Anonymous chris said...

does anyone know the words to "shoot you down"?
chrisgra1@cs.com

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELP! Does anyone know where I can get the APB single, "When I Feel This Way". I cannot find it anywhere and it is not on the new re-released albums.

Thanks!

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

apb return to NYC this December 2006.

http://www.yamrecordings.com

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bought APB single When I feel this way"" in St Louis store named Vintage vinyl Spring 1989 for $1.99

4:06 PM  
Anonymous steve d (abz) said...

don't forget mike craighead who also played percussion for APB - he was also across in NYC with the band in the early '80s. Probably one of the best bands to come from NE scotland along with "alone again or" who laterly became "the shamen".

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

HELP! Does anyone know where I can get the APB single, "When I Feel This Way". I cannot find it anywhere and it is not on the new re-released albums.

Thanks!

Currently available on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/12-Inch-APB-When-I-Feel-This-Way-Shes-The-Girl_W0QQitemZ220125414213QQihZ012QQcategoryZ306QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

1:22 AM  
Blogger Primordial Ooze said...

I have this available on LP

see www.ioffer.com

much cheaper than ebay

5:42 PM  
Blogger John Vickers said...

I was a student in Aberdeen 1977-1982 saw these guys numerous times. Great band.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody have the "Invective" EP or know where to find a download somewhere on the internet? I have been wanting to hear the song "Funk Invective" for years and have never been able to. Thanks.

9:55 PM  

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