Fire Engines
The Fire Engines were a short-lived but influential Scottish band from 1981. David Henderson (Guitar, Vocals) / Russell Burn (Drums) / Graham Main (Bass) / Murray Slade (Guitar).

Henderson said of the early live shows:

"We played to our strengths which were minimal, but somehow, as a band, it worked. We never played chords and Russell didn’t use cymbals or hi-hats. It was very violent although no-one got hurt. Pure aggression, attitude and hate was what it was."

Reformed in 2004 to support The Magic Band and collaborated with Franz Ferdinand for a single release. Henderson is now leading The Sexual Objects.

Links to Peel

Peel saw the band play live at the Embassy Club in London on 7th April 1981 [1]. Henderson went on to have further Peel sessions with Nectarine No. 9.

Festive Fifty Entries


  • Two sessions in 1981. From session #1, '(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thing' and 'Discord' released on LP/CD Fond CD in 1992. 'Discord' and 'Candy Skin' released on [Discord] to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their first broadcast.
THE FIRE ENGINES John Peel 23rd February 1981

THE FIRE ENGINES John Peel 23rd February 1981

1. Recorded: 1981-02-23. First broadcast: 09 March 1981. Repeated: 28 May 1981, 30 December 1981, 20 August 1984.

  • Untitled / Discord / Candy Skin / (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thing

2. Recorded: 1981-11-14. First broadcast: 23 November 1981. Repeated:14 December 1981, 05 January 1982, 20 August 1984.

  • The Big Wrong Time / Young Tongues Need Taste / Qualitamatic / Produced To Seduce To

Other Shows Played

Fire Engines - Candyskin

Fire Engines - Candyskin

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