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Children of anti-rockist post-punk bands like the Pop Group, Josef K, and Gang of Four, Manchester, England’s bIG fLAME was a self-proclaimed “tense and quirky three-piece pop group,” combining the restless talents of bassist/vocalist Alan Brown, guitarist Greg O’Keefe, and drummer David “Dil” Green (the one who looked like Harry Connick Jr. with a squirrel on his head). They carried the traditions set by the U.K. ’s vibrant post-punk scene of 1978-1981: they favored three-song 7” singles over 12” releases and LPs; their encore-free gigs lasted less than half an hour; the longest song they recorded is well under three minutes; there weren’t any songs with “baby” in the title; there weren’t any guitar solos, just lots of atonal screeching, off-kilter rhythms, and vocals that weren’t so much sung as they were yelped. During their four-year existence, they issued six singles and appeared on a handful of compilations, including the famed C86 cassette released by the NME.

After they broke up, Brown joined the Great Leap Forward. In 1996, Dan Koretzky’s Drag City label issued Rigour 1983-1986, which compiled the trio’s entire recorded output. Brown is currently on bass guitar duties in Sarandon.

-Andy Kellman

—-also going by big flame is bedroom musician “ozmaz” known for spacey ambient trap vibe music, better known as ‘Dirt’. straight outta new zealand. what u gone do.


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  • gloomyafternoon

    a lo-fi josef k [2]

    28 Feb 8:05am Reply
  • schmindie_kid

    Still out of print?

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Nochek

    bIG fLAME.

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • stopjaywalking

    In my original discovery of the C86 this and Miaow were my two favorite. Somehow, I totally forgot about bIG fLAME along the way, shame on me!

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • clenchedteeth

    a lo-fi josef k

    2 Oct 2011 Reply

    Brilliant *__*

    20 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Richey_James

    Post-Punk Society

    22 Jan 2009 Reply
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    15 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Degarmo

    i suggest we get a coalition together and stone drag city

    25 Aug 2008 Reply
  • fat_fleshy_fingers

    like the minutemen, but more fun

    29 Jun 2008 Reply
  • tsavc

    A quick word to schmidle_kid, if you're still out there. Someone at Drag City said that they only reprint discs if they can be guaranteed at least 400 orders. They expressed some doubt that 400 people would be interested in bIG fLAME. Start the petition here, is what I say.

    13 Mar 2008 Reply
  • outerotter

    I still remember the review someone wrote on a bIG fLAME ep at our college radio station: like having a rabid squirrel down your pants. Of course it was a complement.

    21 May 2007 Reply
  • schmindie_kid

    If anyone lives near the Drag City offices I ask them to go throw stones at the windows until they reissue the best-of. eBay is making fools of us all and I refuse to pay $70 for one CD.

    8 Aug 2006 Reply

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