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Dif Juz was an influential, primarily instrumental, British group that created uniquely atmospheric effects-laden music with dynamic emotional range during the early to mid 1980s. They were primarily influenced by dub and reggae, but their style did not adhere strictly to those conventions.


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  • RussellChap

    Well influential or not they're pretty good, like The Durutti Column dubbing out with Wayne Shorter

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • NarooN

    Dif Juz were influential to me too. I'm a guitarist, but only a hobbyist and will stay that way since my skills are mostly rubbish at the moment, lol, but sometimes when I jam, I try something akin to Dif Juz and The Durutti Column at times. Definitely groups that were and apparently still are ahead of their times.

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • the_raytownian

    Truth be told, I'm not a musician (despite how hard I used to try to be one), but I've been singing their praise ever since I found a second-hand copy of "Time Clock Turn Back" (for 50¢!!!). I suppose that could be considered influential. "Scottish Express" (AKA "Re") was the first DJ song I'd ever heard, it's still one of my favorites. It was just too damn good.

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • the_raytownian

    "Influential? on whom were Juf Juz influential?" Influential to me. @_@

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Stugard

    I know The Depreciation Guild cited Dif Juz as an influence, their later work was heavily influenced by a lot of late-80s and early-90s 4AD bands. They were/are about as equally obscure a band as Dif Juz, though.

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • NarooN

    I dunno anyone in particular who may have been influenced by Dif Juz...They were already a pretty obscure band even when they were active in the early-to-mid 80's. All I can think of off the top of my head is the song "Ri" by Airiel, which seems to be a nod to them (the song is an instrumental, and sounds somewhat like a track Dif Juz would make if they decided to sound more poppy or something, and the title itself might be a reference to a track Dif Juz has called 'Re', but they don't sound much alike at all)

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • RussellChap

    'Dif Juz was an influential, primarily instrumental...' Influential? on whom were Juf Juz influential?

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • vibracobra

    Heavily inspired by Dif Juz/Cocteau Twins/Nice Guitar Tones -

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • the_raytownian

    It does get annoying when people [...] base their acceptance of every other sg band based solely off arbitrary comparisons to MBV. [2] omg, this.

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • NarooN

    No one's being a hipster. It does get annoying when people think MBV are the end-all be-all shoegaze band, and base their acceptance of every other sg band based solely off arbitrary comparisons to MBV.

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Satmin

    "I immediately mention this band to see if people are really into shoegaze." Stop being little hipsters.

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • NarooN

    "I can't get into these guys." I can't forgive you. [2]

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • sprw1

    I shining star on the past 4AD Roster

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • the_raytownian

    "I can't get into these guys." I can't forgive you.

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • PitFiend

    Quite honestly... the bestest band that has existed in all of existence.

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • the_raytownian

    While I am a big fan of MBV throughout their evolution (except for that very, very boring Post-Punk album they did with only one good song!), I do think Loveless (certainly in this day and age) is referenced way too frequently. Hell, MBV itself begins and ends with Loveless for a lot of people, and that sucks because their older stuff's good too. I have only listened to one Beach House album, so I cannot really comment, but it was pretty unremarkable from what I can remember about it. Not bad, but also not very moving or memorable. Anyway, yeah, DJ is the shiz-briz, and they always will be. I will know that I have officially lost all that remains of my soul the day I decide I'm tired of listening to Huremics.

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Arderocker

    I can't get into these guys.

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • NarooN

    I like MBV but they're indeed wayyy too overrated. I very rarely meet people into these genres who ever even heard of Dif Juz.

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • sonofawidow

    Whenever I meet someone who's allegedly into dream pop/shoegaze, I immediately mention Dif Juz. I've received many puzzled looks thus far, no doubt because they assume the style begins and ends with MBV and Beach House. Fuck that overhyped shit. Doesn't hold a goddamn candle to DJ.

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • the_raytownian

    PS: No offense to Lisa Gerrard fans, I'm just not one of them... Hell, I was never even very into DCD, and I am generally a big 4AD fan.

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
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