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Manchester post-punk band who later embraced major label pop, but with little success.

From the LTM records biography:
Foreign Press formed in Manchester in January 1979 by brothers Ralph and Stuart Bowe, Dave ‘Chubb’ Murray, and Dave and John Midwood. The group wasted little time in cutting their first single at Cargo Studio in Rochdale on 25 March 1979, recording Downpour, Crossfire and Behind the Glass. Engineered by John Brierley, the three tracks were co-produced by the band and Joy Division manager Rob Gretton.

The 7” was released in June on small Manchester label Streets Ahead, in an early sleeve by Trevor Johnson, later an associate of Factory and Peter Saville. The single received limited airplay from BBC deejays John Peel and Peter Powell, and was favourably reviewed by Paul Morley in the NME: ‘Foreign Press are Manchester’s brightest brand new loved ones. Their music is choppy, spiralling, edgy and well rinsed with guitars; they’re like a well-cushioned Joy Division. Joy Division’s flamboyant manager Rob Gretton in fact shares production chores with the group. Although Foreign Press stop short of achieving the channelled psychotic blitzkreig thrust of the very great Division, they manage a fluctuating, fortified sort of ‘79 psychedelia that makes them A Group To Look Out For. Foreign Press make good patterns.’

Towards the end of 1979 the Midwood brothers left the band, and were replaced by Stuart Smith and Les Carey.


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