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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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  • megajosh2

    I just had a holy shit moment realizing that Danny Brown sampled one of my favorite bands.

    11 Jan 2:50am Reply
  • Razielek

    Post-punk is also laughable... To be precise it's missing link between avant-prog (think Art Bears) and industrial. Of course there are krautrock influences too. There are couple of hard to clasify, very creative bands from late 70s (Chrome, Pop Group, Pere Ubu...) and This Heat falls into this category.

    6 Jan 11:07pm Reply
  • si13n7

    dat New Wave tag

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Razielek

    Sounds pretty much industrial to me

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    Rimp Romp Ramp. my God.

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • State-records

    for This heat connoisseurs

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • wiseblood-

    Go to sleep.

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ilhammaulana

    I don't understand.

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Bob_Fwgog

    dedicated to the sunshine

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • dr_bun

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

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Irikrus


    2 May 2014 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Lovely stuff.

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • clorisu

    probably the worst band ever

    3 Apr 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Bequeathed

    probably the best band ever

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • wiseblood-

    HEAT that!

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • trashcity_

    Horizontal Hold is one of the best things ever done

    20 Mar 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • HusqyisonLastfm

    so far ahead of its time holy shit

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    "Overrated shit band" ahahaha nope

    16 Feb 2014 Reply
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