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London, United Kingdom (1980 – 1986)

Dif Juz were an English instrumental post-punk band, formed in London in 1980 and remaining active until 1986. The band comprised Dave Curtis (guitar), Alan Curtis (guitar), Gary Bromley (bass guitar) and Richard Thomas (percussion and saxophone).

Dif Juz band developed out of the punk band London Pride that was formed by the Curtis brothers. In late 1979, Alan Curtis was involved with band Duran Duran. He apparently disappeared and missed a particularly volatile gig after the band hired the owners of the Birmingham Rum Runner nightclub as managers. In a 2003 interview, John Taylor (bass guitarist for Duran Duran said “straight away Alan Curtis skipped town, thinking getting involved with two nightclub owners meant he would end up in pieces down a city alleyway.
Following Alan Curtis’ return to London, he resumed his collaboration with his brother Dave and Richard Thomas (all of whom played in London Pride), and was joined by Gary Bromley. They determined to create something new and different. Dave Curtis was a trained classical guitarist, Alan Curtis’s guitar play was self-taught and innovative, Thomas had a thirst for mastering wind instruments and production values, and Bromley’s bass playing, whilst honed in West London, could have found home in Kingston, Jamaica. The resulting soundscape was dense, atmospheric, and spacious, driven by pounding bass lines and rhythm.

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  • mot00rzysta

    few old bands sound this fresh these days

    3 Aug 8:34pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    Shit what else?

    31 Jul 10:56am Reply
  • 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
  • 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 - https://soundcloud.com/angelsequin

    15 Apr 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
  • PitFiend

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

    8 Sep 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
  • NarooN

    You're right -- I forgot about that comp. Makes sense.

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • electricwookie

    Probably because No Motion is on the Lonely Is An Eyesore 4AD compilation.

    30 Jul 2012 Reply
  • NarooN

    Yeah, you're right. Happens with soo many artists, sadly. Oh well, it's their losses!

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • NarooN

    No Motion is indeed a great track, but you'd think people would listen to more than just that one track or something.

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
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