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BPeople

Arty new influx music group the BPeople formed in LA, California, USA, in Apr 1979. The line-up variously comprised Pat Delaney (synthesizer, saxophone, ex-Deadbeats), Michael Gira (vocals), Alex Gibson (acoustic guitar, vocals), Paul Cutler (bass), Fred Nilsen (bass, saxophone, vocals; ex-Doo Doo Ettes) and Tom Recchion (drums, vocals). Originally entitled Small Cripples and Strict Ids, these were provided wider prominence from the launch of then Lifeless Kennedys vocalist Jello Biafra’s Allow Them Eat Jellybeans compilation recording. Before that that they had released two EPs for Faulty/IRS Information at the start from the 80s. Immediately after their inception Gira relocated to NY to create Circus Mort then your Swans, while Gibson (who obtained Penelope Spheeris’ punk film Suburbia) also moonlighted with Human being Intimate Response. BPeople’s brash experimentation and resolute indifference to prevailing styles was ultimately relaxing, as witnessed on the sole studio room mini-album of 1981, which gained comparisons to Pleasure Division. Later, desire for Gibson’s solo function and regular membership of Passionel also created a BPeople compilation, released on Restless Information in 1986.

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