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Pigbros

Pigbros was an English indie band formed in Birmingham in 1984 by Nick Beales (guitar & vocals) fresh from a stint in The Nightingales and Jonathan Cooke (bass). Recruiting a teenage Fuzz Townshend (later with Pop Will Eat Itself, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Ranking Roger, The Beat, The Wonder Stuff, etc - as well as projects under his own name) the band played a few gigs before augmenting the line up a few months later to include Svor Naan (saxophone & guitar) not long departed from The Cravats & DcL Locomotive. The initial sound was a rumbling, bass-heavy groove, driven by Fuzz’s drumming and Jonathan’s unique echo bass with Nick's fierce choppy guitar playing. Added to this concoction was Svor’s mixture of sax riffing and swirling echo effects and a rather curious guitar style which could be mistaken for a balalaika. The band finally split in 1988 with members doing their own projects.

Links to Peel

A band that was regularly played by Peel in the mid/late 80's with two sessions recorded for his show. The group's name may also have been one of the factors for Peel to be interested in the band's output due to his wife, Sheila, being nicknamed the Pig as well as possibly the band's connection to the Nightingales and The Cravats, both of which were favourites of Peel at that time.

Sessions

Pigbros - John Peel Session -1 11th August 1985

Pigbros - John Peel Session -1 11th August 1985

1. Recorded: 1985-08-11. Broadcast: 21 August 1985. Repeated: 09 September 1985, 23 December 1985

  • Cheap Life / Hedonist Hat / Lick Bones / War Food

2. Recorded: 1986-04-27. Broadcast: 06 May 1986. Repeated: 21 May 1986

  • Bad Attitude / In Doubt / Immensity Home / What Counts?

Other Shows Played

1985
1986
Pigbros Cheap Life

Pigbros Cheap Life

1987
  • 27 April 1987: Stopped Myself In Time (12" - Now Is The Time To Remove Your Mask) Cake
  • 29 April 1987: Word Up (12" - Now Is The Time To Remove Your Mask) Cake
  • April 1987 (Radio Bremen): Word Up (12" - Now Is The Time To Remove Your Mask) Cake
  • 01 May 1987 (BFBS): 'Stopped Myself In Time (12"-Now Is The Time To Remove Your Mask)' (Cake)
  • 01 June 1987: Stopped Myself In Time (12" - Now Is The Time To Remove Your Mask) Cake
1988

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