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Colourbox were a London-based (Edinburgh born) electronic outfit on the 4AD record label in the 1980s. They produced an electronically-based reggae and soul-influenced pop music, making remarkable use of the technology they had access to at the time. They released a number of records from 1982 until 1987. The band was formed by brothers Martyn Young and Steve Young, with guest singers until Lorita Grahame joined as a permanent member in 1983.

The band had an international hit in 1987 with “Pump Up the Volume”, a collaboration with the band A R Kane under the name M|A|R|R|S. The song was notable for being constructed almost entirely from samples of other records, a novel thing for a popular record at that time. The pressures of sudden success and the long running litigation caused by the use of samples ended up causing Colourbox to never to record again.


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  • bloody_octopus

    infinitely pleasant music

    3 May 2014 Reply
  • IreneDecay

    colourbox's music transcends. f'kin love it.

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • vladmirek

    The band is fantastic. It's a pity they don't record any more :((((((

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Namey

    by far the prettiest most handsome box set I own, and chock full of fantastic twenty euros what a steal

    15 Jun 2012 Reply
  • RevUp64

    the box set is excellent

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • smarshal

    So underrated. Ahead of their time. And you keep me hanging on is an all time killer cover version.

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • foetusized

    Got the new box set & love it.

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • Mad-Muz-Man

    great music

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Namey

    a four disc box set!!! woooooooooo

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • iamjustkidding

    so outraged by no new music! LIKE FOREVER!?!?!?!?!? wish it wasn't all too much for them, this kinda talent cant possibly be bottled up, they must do SOMETHING ELSE!

    25 Sep 2011 Reply
  • molly_mohn

    это самые охуенные ребята, которых довелось слышать за последние годы, а может и вообще.

    8 Aug 2011 Reply
  • IreneDecay

    i wish they made more music :( it's not enoughhhh

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • IreneDecay

    breakdown albums = best electronic music ever.

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
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    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • forcemajeure

    Colourbox was another 4AD band that was a pre-cursor of things to come; such a good group.

    4 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Atitlan

    Invented the sound of the 90s during the 80s!

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
  • zoraxx

    Looks Like We're Shy One Horse should be higher on the charts, and yes i agree,Namey.

    13 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Namey

    Many of their tunes would be huge if released today -

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • nickwafer

    Needs more listeners!

    18 Aug 2009 Reply
  • rainy-dog

    in this arena

    16 Jun 2009 Reply
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