The Apostles – Private Tape – 1981

Side One

Side Two

I have not uploaded The Apostles for a little while, so here is another collection of obscure sounds from this band, lent to me by Chris Low who was sent it in 1981 by Andee Martian of the band.

There are no indications of what year, what line up, what track-listing or any other useful information on the cassette box, so I am hoping that Nic and Chris may come to the rescue with any relevant stuff.

Personally I was busy when recording this, and was not in the same room, so a track-listing would be nice (cos I am being summoned right now and will not have time tonight to play it fully). I did notice though, that some tracks play back in stereo and some are recorded in mono.

Nic comes good…

As far as I can tell, all of the recordings date from 1981 and are recordings with the 2nd line-up (if we take the first line-up to feature Bill Corbett on vocals) of Dan, Julian, Pete and Andy…

Side 1
? (Live Recording: I can’t remember what name this song went under back then – Chris should remember. It later became ‘Hello Black Flag’.)…
? (Rehearsal recording: I can’t remember the title of this one either! Chris will know)…
The Young Ones aka The Uniform (Rehearsal recording)…
The New Subhumans (Rehearsal recording: it includes a segment from the instrumental ‘Pete the Plectrum’)…
Absolution of Guilt (Rehearsal recording: lyrics by Dan)…
The Damned (Live recording – at the Anarchy Centre in December 1981: Andy Martin wrote that he was making a cup of tea in the Anarchy Centre when the band went on and started to play. I don’t believe this song was recorded on any of the demos)…
New Crimes (Rehearsal recording: this version sounds suspiciously like the version which appeared on the ‘New Criminals Volume 2′ compilation tape made by Graham of New Crimes)…
Proletarian Autonomy (Rehearsal recording)…
God is Dead (Rehearsal recording: lyrics by Dan)…

Side 2
Stoke Newington Eight (Rehearsal recording)…
Waiting for the All Clear (Live recording: this sounds like the same concert as the first track on Side 1)…
Pete the Plectrum (Live recording: this sounds similar to the sound of the Wapping Anarchy Centre live recording)…
Hyde Park (Rehearsal recording: this version also sounds suspiciously like the version which appeared on the ‘New Criminals Volume 2′ compilation tape)…
Antichrist (Rehearsal recording)…
NW3 (Rehearsal recording: again, this version sounds like it appeared on the ‘New Criminals Volume 2′ compilation tape)…
Hello Mark (Live recording: I believe this version is from the Wapping Anarchy Centre December 1981 – Andy Martin wrote something about the line “Shouting my views on the front page of Gay News” getting him ‘queer-bashed’)…

…Thanks to Nic for this info.

Photograph from 1981 taken by Graham Burnett (New Crimes fanzine) who leaves comments on this site now and again and is the man in the know for all things ‘green’! Please check out his website ‘Spiralseed’ in the links page halfway down.

Plenty of other Apostles material if you use the search function.

Official Apostles site 

  1. danmac
    May 23, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    dearie me – listening to this is painful. stu from charge was right. hang on tho cos i’m in the process of digitising some ‘good stuff’ for y’all…

  2. Chris
    May 25, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    ….and work should be resuming on the remastering of the singles over the next few weeks too 🙂
    Actually, I really liked this period of the band, some great tunes.
    NB: think the tune that later became Pigs For Slaughter started out entitled ‘Kill Your Pet Prole’, which i think was a phrase taken from Mark E Smith’s notes on the back of a Fall lp.

  3. Nic
    May 26, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    I like this period too – a Post Punk edge and some thrash-y stirrings…Not bad for a few 15 year olds!

    Anyway, Dan – get the ‘good stuff’ digitised!

  4. Jim V
    Jim V
    May 27, 2008 at 12:28 am

    just hold on….

  5. Jim V
    Jim V
    May 27, 2008 at 12:29 am

    live life now

  6. Jim V
    Jim V
    May 27, 2008 at 12:30 am

    dont buy the future

  7. Graham Burnett
    Graham Burnett
    July 22, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    The photo above was taken by me at The Spread Eagle in Southend on Sea in December 1981. Other bands that played that night were Stripey Zebras (my band), Cold War (featuring Chris ‘Elephant Face’ Knowles, later of Hagar The Womb, We Are Going To Eat You and now DJing as Chris Liberator), The Get, 86 Mix and What Is Oil?

    When I booked the venue, which was only a couple of hundred yards up the road from my house, I told the pub landlord it was going to be ‘a pop concert’, and that ‘rock bands with young people in’ would be playing… On the afternoon of the gig he rang me in a state of panic as The Apostles’ entourage of crusty dreadlocked hardcore anarcho-punk squatters who’d come down from Stoke Newington and Hackney were camped out on the pavement outside waiting for the pub to open (it was back in the days when licensing laws meant pubs had to shut after lunch and reopen in the evening), and I had to give assurances that everyone would behave themselves…

    The gig was a huge success however, and despite the landlord’s misgivings about The Apostles and their followers he ended up on stage with them jamming along on drums, and finished up the evening by inviting his ted mates up from the bar downstairs and doing a few rock n roll numbers… An unforgettable night, recently immortalised when the original artwork of the poster for the event (drawn in about 10 minutes with a blue biro) turned up framed in an exhibition celebrating Southend’s proud rock and roll history in the local art gallery a couple of months ago, alongside posters and other ephemera for the likes of Procol Harum, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Dr Feelgood, My Life Story, etc, etc….

  8. nobby
    December 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I remember this as well, in fact it was my first ever gig, I traveled down a few stops on the train and met up with some of the aforementioned blokes from London, I remember someone called Ivan Oxo and another bloke who was catatonic on some substance or other. I do remember the landlord being very apprehensive and spending the first hour or so hanging around keeping an eye on things until as mentioned he loosened up and joined in, I also remember some menacing looking skinheads arrive which caused some apprehension as well but they turned out ok and had a god time. Maybe its middle age rose tinted glasses but I remember it as a great gig as well.

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