British Electric Foundation (or B.E.F.) are a production company founded in 1981 by Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware, formerly of The Human League and of the newly founded group Heaven 17, which itself fell under the B.E.F. banner. Although still releasing material on the Virgin label, the production company name and logo were given to releases by Heaven 17 and to a series of cover version compilation albums called "Music of Quality and Distinction", featuring vocalists such as Sandie Shaw, Billy Mackenzie and Tina Turner. 1981 also saw the initial release on cassette only of experimental instrumental tracks called "Music For Stowaways" in reference to the new "Stowaway" (later "Walkman") portable cassette player marketed by Sony.
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Peel played tracks from the "Music For Stowaways" cassette and also early Heaven 17 releases, including debut single "We Don't Need This Fascist Groove Thing", famously defying a Radio One ban.
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