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The Fire Engines

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom (1980 – 1981, 2004 – present)

Fire Engines hailed from Edinburgh, United Kingdom and comprised David (Davy) Henderson (vocals/guitar), Murray Slade (guitar), Graham Main (bass), and Russell Burn (drums). The band name was inspired by a 13th Floor Elevators song. Henderson, Main, and Burn had previously been members of The Dirty Reds, along with Russell Burn’s brother Tam Dean Burn, while Slade had played in Station Six.

Fire Engines’ debut release was the Get Up and Use Me/Everything’s Roses single, released on manager Angus Groovy’s Codex Communications label in 1980. The band had recorded their entire set twice in a Fife bungalow with producer Wilf Smarties at a cost of £46, with these two tracks selected for release.

Get Up and Use Me was given ‘Single of the Week’ in both NME and Sounds. The band’s live shows rarely lasted longer than twenty minutes - Henderson said of the early live shows: “We played to our strengths which were minimal, but somehow as a band, it worked. We never played chords and Russell didn’t use cymbals or hi-hats. It was very violent although no-one got hurt. Pure aggression, attitude and hate was what it was.”
The band were offered a deal by Postcard Records but opted for Bob Last’s Fast Product label. Further singles followed and a largely instrumental album Lubricate Your Living Room (subtitled ‘Background Music for Action People!’) in 1981.

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