Basement 5

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Partly formed out of the Art Department of London's Island Records HQ in 1978, Basement 5 were an innovative and highly original black Post-Punk group who created a kind of politically charged, futurist Dub. Their lyrics were an attempt to reflect the situation of young people in Britain in the era of Thatcherism, high unemployment, strikes, racism, and working class poverty.
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Albums

6313 130 Basement 5 - 1965-1980 album art Basement 5 1965-1980 (Album) Antilles 6313 130 France 1980 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

WIP 6614 Basement 5 - Silicone Chip album art Basement 5 Silicone Chip (Single) Island Records WIP 6614 UK 1980 Sell This Version
IPR 2038 Basement 5 - In Dub album art Basement 5 In Dub (EP) Island Records IPR 2038 UK 1980 Sell This Version
WIP 6654 Basement 5 - Last White Christmas album art Basement 5 Last White Christmas (Single) Island Records WIP 6654 UK 1980 Sell This Version

Compilations

512 731-2 Basement 5 - 1965-1980 / Basement 5 In Dub album art Basement 5 1965-1980 / Basement 5 In Dub (Album, Comp) Island Records 512 731-2 UK 1992 Sell This Version

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marc23133

marc23133

September 5, 2009
Often refered to - at the time - as the black "pil", the connection was not entirely amiss, given that they were mates with john lydon and jah wobble. Basement 5 also had that same air of menace about them, and were much better live than they ever were on record.

I can testify to that fact, since i am fortunate to have seen them quite a lot in their early days, and have been wondering for a while now when or if, they will reform...

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