The Three Johns
Leeds, England's The Three Johns formed in 1982 and released a few singles before releasing the LP "Atom Drum Bop" (1984, Abstract Records). Their music can be described as an accessible version of post-punk with big sounding guitars and hard, repetitive dance beats. If that sounds like that other Leeds band it's not by accident. Jon Langford (who was also recording with and continues to record with the Mekons) admits they went for "that Gang of Four sound" and even programmed the forth member, a drum machine called "Hugo", to "do that Gang of Four beat". They recorded a few more LPs before Langford decided to commit to the Mekons full-time in 1990.
The Three Johns were:
Jon Langford - guitar
John Hyatt - vocals
John Brennan - bass
Hugo the drum machine.
You can find a reissued concert CD here.
Go to the download page to get The Three Johns- "Atom Drum Bop"