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New Model Army are an English rock band formed in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in 1980 by lead singer, guitarist and main composer Justin Sullivan, bassist Stuart Morrow and drummer Phil Tompkins. Sullivan has been the only continuous member of the band, which has seen numerous line-up changes in its four-decade history. Their music draws on influences across the musical spectrum, from punk and folk to soul, heavy metal and classical. Sullivan's lyrics, which range from directly political through to spiritual and personal, have always been considered as a key part of the band's appeal. By the time they began making their first records in 1983, Robert Heaton, a former drum technician for Hawkwind, had replaced Tompkins.

Whilst having their roots in punk rock, the band have always been difficult to categorise. In 1999, when asked about this, Sullivan said "We've been labelled as punks, post-punks, Goth, metal, folk – the lot, but we've always been beyond those style confines". Following a large turnover of personnel, both permanent and as touring members, as of 2021 New Model Army comprise Sullivan, Dean White (keyboards and guitar), Michael Dean (drums), Marshall Gill (guitar) and Ceri Monger (bass).

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Peel first played the band's music in 1983 and so impressed by them that he invited them to do a session for his show at the end of the year, where they performed four songs. Later material by the group were played by the DJ, including their track, Christian Militia, added to the U.K. Buzz series. However, by the end of 1985, Peel had lost interest in them until 1993, when the group collaborated with Tom Jones for the track, Gimme Shelter, which raised money for fighting against homelessness. After 1993, Peel didn't play any tracks from the group.

Festive Fifty Entries



New Model Army - Peel Session 1983

Session is available on Radio Sessions '83- '84 (CD, 1988, Abstract) and Small Town England (2xCD, 1997, Recall 2cd)

1. Recorded: 1983-12-14. First Broadcast: 04 January 1984. Repeated: 19 January 1984

  • Christian Militia / Small Town England / Running / Falklands Spirit

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