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Bob Tilton

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During 1993, before the musical genre that would become known as “emo” had started to trickle through to the UK’s fledgling hardcore scene, a little-known band from Nottingham, England called bob tilton (named after an American evangelist television star) recorded a 7 inch EP for Subjugation that would come to define the label’s identity and distinction.

The untitled EP was released in early 1994, and helped by a limited pressing of 1000 copies and rumours spreading fast of the bands incredible live show, it sold out almost immediately and was later re-pressed. Nottingham had, to date, given two legends to the world in the shape of Robin Hood and Brian Clough, could bob tilton be the third?

As word spread bob tilton found themselves within the by then burgeoning “emo” scene, but the connection was as uncontrived as the definition was inadequate. From that point on there would be no holding back, and with the release of the Songs Of Penknife And Pocketwatch 7 inch EP early the following year, the word spread beyond the tiny overprotective scene from which it was born. When the band and Subjugation label refused to give in to the repeated requests for review promos, the NME went out and (gasp!) paid for a copy. The resulting Single Of The Week review disappointed many people who had previously shown interest in the band, as it was interpreted at the time as though promos had been thrown around and suggested a compromise of intent.

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