Discover New Music

Last.fm is a music discovery service that gives you personalised recommendations based on the music you play.

Start your Last.fm profile Close window

The Wolfgang Press

Tags

Everyone’s tags

More tags

Biography

London, United Kingdom (1983 – 1995)

Enigmatic, moody, and challenging, Britain’s Wolfgang Press were one of the most mercurial talents of the post-punk era, restlessly moving from gothic noise to dark balladry to eccentric funk; paradoxically, the group was also the 4AD label’s longest tenured artist — even their stylish album packages were all the product of the same designer, Alberto Ricci.

Formed in London in 1983, the Wolfgang Press comprised vocalist Michael Allen, guitarist Andrew Gray, and keyboardist Mark Cox. Allen and Cox first teamed in the group rema rema, which also featured Adam & The Ants alum Marco Perroni; after reuniting in the short-lived quartet Mass, the duo recruited Gray, and as the Wolfgang Press issued their cacophonous, gloomy debut LP, The Burden Of Mules, in 1983. An EP trilogy co-produced by Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie followed in quick succession: while 1984’s Scarecrow was a lighter, more streamlined affair, 1985’s Water spotlighted ominously sparse torch songs, and the same year’s Sweatbox explored deconstructionist pop. The three EPs were later collected on The Legendary Wolfgang Press & Other Stories.

The Wolfgang Press’ second full-length effort, 1986’s Standing Up Straight, incorporated industrial and orchestral influences into the mix, while the Big Sex EP’s “God’s Number” offered a soulful backing chorus, a harbinger of things to come.

Videos

Top Albums

Listening Trend

24,850listeners all time
373,001scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Start scrobbling and track your listening history

Last.fm users scrobble the music they play in iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and over 200 other music players.

Create a Last.fm profile

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.

Top Listeners