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Brixton, London, United Kingdom (1975 – 1982)

This Heat were an experimental British rock band widely considered a link between and such later genres as , , and . They were formed in late-1975 in Brixton, London, United Kingdom by multi-instrumentalists Charles Bullen (guitar, clarinet, viola, vocals, tapes), Charles Hayward (percussion, keyboards, vocals, tapes) and Gareth Williams (keyboard, guitar, bass, vocals, tapes). Their music touched on numerous different styles and genres, and was frequently confrontational and politically charged.

Their first radio airplay came from legendary DJ John Peel, to whom they sent a demo tape (recorded in a disused meat factory known as Cold Storage) in early 1977. During this time, they also recorded a session with Ghanaian musician Mario Boyer Diekuuroh, parts of which later appeared on a 1982 split cassette with Albert Marcoeur, released by the French experimental rock magazine TAGO MAGO.

Their self-titled debut album was recorded between February 1976 and September 1978, and surfaced in August 1979. It was characterized by heavy use of and , combined with more traditional instrumental performance, to create dense, eerie, and -inflected experimental rock. Also released in this period was an EP, Health & Efficiency, which foreshadowed the more rock-oriented sound of Deceit (1981), the band’s second and final album.


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  • ilhammaulana

    I don't understand.

    17 Jul 6:05pm Reply
  • Bob_Fwgog

    dedicated to the sunshine

    13 Jul 6:09pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    What kind of incompetent schmuck doesn't think that deceit rules??

    26 Jun 5:10pm Reply
  • Irikrus


    2 May 2:26pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Lovely stuff.

    25 Apr 3:10pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    art thou INSANE v these guys are pure massiveness

    5 Apr 1:03pm Reply
  • clorisu

    probably the worst band ever

    3 Apr 9:26pm Reply
  • CadenMoran

    this horse face album cver SCARED ME HEAVY MEtal these guys THIS HEAT #one weed band in the post punk nation make way for CADEN MORAN

    3 Apr 12:44am Reply
  • Bequeathed

    probably the best band ever

    30 Mar 9:49pm Reply
  • wiseblood-

    HEAT that!

    25 Mar 11:33pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    One of the greatest post-punk bands!

    21 Mar 11:16am Reply
  • trashcity_

    Horizontal Hold is one of the best things ever done

    20 Mar 2:33am Reply
  • crimsonmaestro

    @geluwzever: yeah that's what alienated me from This Heat when I first listened to them a while ago. I started listening expecting your average post-punk record and got something totally different which turned me off. My knowledge was mostly limited to popular Factory Records bands at that time so that might've been a factor.

    26 Feb 10:40pm Reply
  • HusqyisonLastfm

    so far ahead of its time holy shit

    26 Feb 6:15pm Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    "Overrated shit band" ahahaha nope

    16 Feb 2:55am Reply
  • Espeon

    Overrated shit band

    16 Feb 1:43am Reply
  • RussellChap

    Without punk I doubt This Heat would have made records, my feeling is they would've just played live, punk opened the way for 'difficult' stuff like these guys. Without the 'post-punk' tag many people wouldn't listen.

    15 Feb 9:31pm Reply
  • geluwzever

    Yeah, that track is post-punky; true. Can't help but feel that people think of them as post-punk because there is no apt name for what they did. I've listened to a shitload of (original, not revival) post-punk, but the bands that remind me of This Heat are all avant-garde and noise rock.

    2 Feb 10:20am Reply
  • Groves89

    Listen to Health and Efficiency. It's pretty much post-punk in the truest sense of the word

    2 Feb 2:48am Reply
  • filas312

    where have you been all my life?!

    22 Jan 2:49am Reply
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