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Birmingham, England (1978 – 1984)

Fashion were founded in 1978 in Birmingham, England, originally as a post-punk band in the vein of Gang of Four or Magazine. The band originally consisted of singer/guitarist Luke James, bassist/keyboardist John Mulligan (simply known as Mulligan) and drummer Dik Davis. In 1979 the band signed to IRS Records and released their first album, Product Perfect. The album failed to chart and mainly received airplay on college radio.

By late 1981, the band had almost completely changed in terms of musical direction, and had now become a part of the movement. Original singer Luke James had been replaced by De Harris, and bassist Marlon Recchi joined the band. In April 1982, the band released their most successful album, Fabrique. The album, produced by Zeus B. Held, reached #10 on the UK charts and featured the hit singles Love Shadow and Move On. Two other minor singles, StreetPlayer (Mechanik) and Something in Your Picture were also released from the album.

In late 1982, De Harris left the band and was subsequently replaced by singer/guitarist Troy Tate (formerly of The Teardrop Explodes). However, Tate did not last long in the band and was replaced on vocals by guitarist Alan Darby in early 1983. With Darby now as frontman, the band went back into the studio with Zeus B. Held and released their final album, Twilight Of Idols, in February 1984.

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  • ApolloBoy

    I just recently picked up Product Perfect on vinyl a few weeks ago, and I think once I get through ripping it I'll be spending the rest of my time trying to get rid of that stupid Bollywood movie showing up on this page.

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • flashbleu

    I'm A Moron is a 1992 Bollywood movie starring Kanat Tagpropperly and Fukint Wat. The soundtrack album was really popular among people who play lots of soundtracks to Bollywood movies and don't have a clue who the songs are actually by.

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Deadalus_DX

    Wow, very nice band! Love their funk bass, rhythms, synths.

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • dschr

    Had Fabrique about 30 years ago on vinyl. Got a copy now. It's still worth listening.

    23 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Matthew69

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcswzCz7BPY

    19 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ScarlettkLove

    oh! for the love of god, what the fuck is this?

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • flashbleu

    So not even an artist then.

    14 Oct 2009 Reply
  • carolyne28

    Fashion is a movie from Bollywood...by the way,a great movie.

    4 Oct 2009 Reply
  • ApolloBoy

    Further proof that Last.fm needs to work out a solution for different bands that have the same name.

    16 Jun 2009 Reply
  • flashbleu

    What movie? Oh dear, I feel a "weird bollocks with nothing to do with the original artist" moment coming on...

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • jellyjosie

    crappy movie but awesome soundtrack!

    9 Nov 2008 Reply
  • TheDeadRideHard

    Brilliant band

    31 Jul 2008 Reply
  • ApolloBoy

    I seem to be the only one who has all three of their albums.

    13 Apr 2008 Reply
  • treveera

    good stuff.

    2 Aug 2007 Reply