Secession was a Scottish synthpop band that was active between 1983 and 1987. The original incarnation comprised Peter Thomson (guitar, keyboards, synthesizer and vocals), Jack Ross (guitar, synthesizer and vocals), Jim Ross (bass guitar) and Carole L. Branston (keyboards and vocals).

Prior to being renamed Secession, the band played at least one gig as The Gift. After a performance at Buster Brown’s nightclub in Edinburgh, the band were introduced to Hamish Brown, a local entrepreneur, who offered to manage them. This was followed by the addition of a fifth member, Alistair MacLeod (percussion and vocals), a friend of the original members who had also provided the photograph for the sleeve of the band's independently released debut single, "Betrayal".
Shortly after recording demo material at Palladium Studios in Edinburgh, Jack Ross, disillusioned with the direction the music was taking, left the band. MacLeod was then asked to divide his contribution between percussion and synthesizer/sequencing, and the band continued in this form for a short period of time until Jim Ross left, cutting the line-up to a threesome. This was the unit which produced the original demo of "Fire Island" (based around two sequences programmed on a Yamaha DX7) at Planet Studios in Edinburgh, which subsequently came to the attention of the Beggars Banquet Records A&R department.

After being signed by Beggars Banquet, the trio re-recorded "Fire Island" at REL Studios in Edinburgh, later remixed by the production team associated with Freeez and John Rocca. Prior to its release, MacLeod left the band to concentrate on photography, and was replaced by Charlie D. Kelly.

The final incarnation of Secession, associated with almost the entire released catalogue, consisted of Thomson, Branston, Kelly, and J.L. Seenan. Their singer, Thomson, who penned their most commercially successful song, "Touch (Part 3)", died in 2001. Secession was mainly on two different record labels during their short career, Beggars Banquet and Siren Records. They released a number of singles starting in 1983, until they released their only album, A Dark Enchantment, in late 1987.
After Secession split, Kelly and Seenan went on to join The Vaselines with Charlie's brother, Eugene, and Frances McKee.

Final line-up:
Vocals - Peter Thomson, Carole Branston , Charlie Kelly
Keyboards - Peter Thomson, Carole Branston
Synthesizer, Percussion - Charlie Kelly
Bass - J.L. Seenan (James Seenan)


CD SRN 11 Secession - A Dark Enchantment album art Secession A Dark Enchantment (Album) Siren (3) CD SRN 11 UK 1987 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GAR 1 Secession - Betrayal album art Secession Betrayal(7") The Garden Label GAR 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
BEG 118T Secession - Touch album art Secession Touch (Single, Maxi) Beggars Banquet BEG 118T UK 1984 Sell This Version
BEG 112 Secession - Fire Island album art Secession Fire Island (Single, Maxi) Beggars Banquet BEG 112 UK 1984 Sell This Version
SIREN DJ 2313 Secession - Michael album art Secession Michael (Single) Siren (3), Siren (3) SIREN DJ 2313 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SRNT 77 Secession - Sneakyville album art Secession Sneakyville Siren (3) SRNT 77 UK 1987 Sell This Version
VSX 1390 Secession - Promise album art Secession Promise (Single) Siren (3) VSX 1390 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
SRN 62-12 Secession - Radioland album art Secession Radioland (Single) Siren (3) SRN 62-12 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SRN 31-13 Secession - The Magician album art Secession The Magician (Single) Siren (3) SRN 31-13 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SM-1 Secession - Dance Club Classic Hits! Volume 1 album art Secession / Cube (2) Secession / Cube (2) - Dance Club Classic Hits! Volume 1 Super Mixx Productions SM-1 US 1990 Sell This Version


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April 26, 2015
edited over 6 years ago
Quintessential 80's band that are hard to pin down. They can be Industrious, Acid House like, or Euro Poppy. Keyboards to match the Vocals, it was a full package of talent. Not really known outside of their relatively short time of success, this is a band that has stayed just under the radar as the years and yes decades move on. With the rhythm always upbeat and never sounding childish or selling out to any other style, they are truly one of a kind for their time. Now where are the damn remixes, come on man!!!

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