Finitribe were a Scottish electronic dance music group, sometimes also referred to as Fini Tribe, formed in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1984, by Chris Connelly, John Vick, Andy McGregor, Philip Pinsky, David Miller and Simon McGlynn. Initially a post-punk guitar outfit, the band released a debut EP 'Curling and Stretching' on their own Finiflex label in the summer of 1984, graduating to their first John Peel session in 1985, before rethinking their whole approach in the mid 1980s.

Tired of the conventional drums, bass and guitar set up, they acquired a sampler and began experimenting with electronic music. The result was ‘Let The Tribe Grow’, an EP released on the Glasgow label Cathexis and featuring ‘De Testimony’, a seminal dance floor anthem for the original Balearic/Acid House generation. A series of remix EP's proved their electronic and dance floor credentials and brought indie chart success. Andrew Weatherall produced and remixed the single ‘101’ (1991) along with Graham Massey from 808 State.

The band's fifth album ‘Sleazy Listening’ (1998) was launched with a sell out gig at The Shooting Gallery, Edinburgh with Davy Henderson's Nectarine No. 9. The band toured the UK with their most successful gigs for several years, headlining the ICA in London. They recorded the first ever John Peel live session and released three further singles for Infectious. This was the band's last album and tour.

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Links to Peel

Peel was a long-term supporter of Finitribe, who recorded three sessions between 1985 and 1998, the first of which quickly followed plays for their DIY debut single and an appearance with the John Peel roadshow in Edinburgh.[1]

The DJ closely followed their early move to a more electronic sound, publicly stating that landmark single 'De Testimony’ ("that record with the bells in it") had deserved a place in the Smiths-dominated 1986 Festive Fifty.[2] Unlike many fellow session artists of the era, however, Finitribe failed to gain wider commercial success, despite working with the likes of remix maestro Andrew Weatherall. Along with unhappy dealings with the major label music business,[3] the single 'Animal Farm' prompted threats of legal action from a well-known hamburger chain, although it did get multiple plays by Peel. In early 1998, the band's final session was broadcast live from Maida Vale.

After Peel's death, David Miller fondly recalled a lost world of radio in an online interview:

"We were so lucky to have John, he was a one off. I think it unfair to compare anyone to him really."[4]

Festive Fifty Entries

  • None


FINITRIBE John Peel 12h February 1989

FINITRIBE John Peel 12h February 1989

Three sessions. #1 available on John Peel Session 12/5/85 (cassette, 1985, Finiflex), #2 on Noise, Lust & Fun CD, 1989 (One Little Indian ‎– TPLP21CD).

1. Recorded 1985-05-12. First broadcast 22 May 1985. Repeated 11 June 1985.

  • Goose Duplicates / An Evening With Clavichords / We're Interested / Splash Care

2. Recorded 1989-02-14. First broadcast 22 February 1989. Repeated 13 April 1989.

  • Electrolux / Swans / Disturb

3. Live at Maida Vale 05 March 1998.

  • Mind My Makeup / The Electrician / Frantic / Waltzer / Theme

Other Shows Played

FINI TRIBE - De Testimony (Collapsing Edit)

FINI TRIBE - De Testimony (Collapsing Edit)

Finitribe - 101 (Sonic Shuffle Mix By Andrew Weatherall) -One Little Indian - 1991-

Finitribe - 101 (Sonic Shuffle Mix By Andrew Weatherall) -One Little Indian - 1991-

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