New Model Army

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With their roots embedded in the punk era, New Model Army were formed in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, in 1980, and immediately outlined their manifesto by naming themselves after the Sir Thomas Fairfax/Oliver Cromwell revolutionary army. The group was led by Justin "Slade The Leveller" Sullivan (b. 1956, Buckinghamshire, England; guitar, vocals), a former platform sweeper and Mars bar production-line worker, with the help of Stuart Morrow (b. 1966, Bradford, England) on bass guitar and Phil Tomkins on drums. Within a few months, Tompkins had been replaced on drums by Rob Waddington, and this line-up remained unchanged until the summer of 1982, when Waddington left the band and was replaced by Robert "Robb" Heaton (b. 1962, Cheshire, England d. Nov. 4th, 2004), a former drum technician and occasional drummer for the band Hawkwind. This line-up remained together until Morrow left the band for personal reasons, during the band's "No Rest" tour, the day after a concert in their home town of Bradford. Which was coincidentally the day of the Bradford disaster, May 11th, 1985 He was replaced on bass in the summer by Jason "Moose" Harris (b. 1968).

Their brand of punk folk/rock attracted a loyal cult following, much of which shared the band's grievances towards the Tory government policies of the 80s. This was best executed on their debut album, which combined militant themes such as "Spirit Of The Falklands" and "Vengeance" (a vitriolic anthem about getting even with one's trespassers) with the haunting lament for childhood, "A Liberal Education". The group's championing of traditional working-class ethics saw an unexpected boost for a dying art and trade - that of the clog.

New Model Army made their first public appearance at Scamps Disco in Bradford in October 1980. After releasing singles on Abstract Records, enjoying a number 2 UK independent chart hit with "The Price" in 1984, they formed an unlikely alliance with the multinational EMI Records, which saw the band acquire a higher profile and a significantly increased recording budget.

They eventually broke through to a wider audience with "No Rest", which peaked at number 28 on the UK singles chart in 1985 - a position they were never to beat in an impressive run of 12 UK chart singles between 1985 and 1991. With often inflammatory lyrics, the band have never compromised their beliefs for commercial gain.

They ran into trouble with BBC Television's Top Of The Pops show for donning T-shirts with the (albeit laudable) slogan, "Only Stupid Bastards Use Heroin". This attracted some derision from "anarcho-punk" traditionalists Conflict (2), who replied with their own motif: "Only Stupid Bastards Help EMI". They subsequently continued to release high-quality albums, with considerable crossover potential, always maintaining credibility with their original fanbase.

In December 1991 the group left EMI, eventually finding a new home on Epic Records. Their first single for the label revealed few concessions to the mainstream: "Here Comes The War" featured a picture of a charred body, and a pull-out poster instructing the user in how to prepare a nuclear bomb. In 1994, a dance remix of "Vengeance' was released as a protest against the Criminal Justice Bill. After a lengthy absence the band reconvened for 1998's "Strange Brotherhood". New Model Army's short spell with Epic ended as quickly as it started with the band prefering to self publish and go back to their roots. By 2000 their most recent studio album was ready. Named "Eight" it included a now familar, though no less effective, formula and energy.
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ABT 008 New Model Army - Vengeance album art New Model Army Vengeance (Album) Abstract Records ABT 008 Finland 1984 Sell This Version
EMS-81730 New Model Army - No Rest For The Wicked album art New Model Army No Rest For The Wicked (Album) EMI, EMI EMS-81730 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
1C 064-24 0632-1 New Model Army - The Ghost Of Cain album art New Model Army The Ghost Of Cain (Album) EMI, EMI 1C 064-24 0632-1 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
064 746928 1 New Model Army - New Model Army album art New Model Army New Model Army (MiniAlbum, Album) EMI, EMI 064 746928 1 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
066 791317 1 New Model Army - Thunder And Consolation album art New Model Army Thunder And Consolation (Album) EMI, EMI 066 791317 1 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
TCEMI 3581 New Model Army - Impurity album art New Model Army Impurity (Album) EMI, EMI TCEMI 3581 UK 1990 Sell This Version
498-7966634 New Model Army - Raw Melody Men album art New Model Army Raw Melody Men (Album) EMI, EMI 498-7966634 France 1991 Sell This Version
TCD 0043 New Model Army - BBC Radio One Live In Concert album art New Model Army BBC Radio One Live In Concert (Album) Windsong International TCD 0043 UK 1991 Sell This Version
473562 4, B.438 New Model Army - The Love Of Hopeless Causes album art New Model Army The Love Of Hopeless Causes (Album) Epic 473562 4, B.438 Turkey 1993 Sell This Version
ATK 2302 New Model Army - Strange Brotherhood album art New Model Army Strange Brotherhood (Album) EMI Electrola, Attack Attack ATK 2302 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
atk2303 New Model Army - ...& Nobody Else album art New Model Army ...& Nobody Else (Album) Attack Attack atk2303 UK 1999 Sell This Version
atk2304, ATK2304 New Model Army - Eight album art New Model Army Eight (Album) Attack Attack, Attack Attack atk2304, ATK2304 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SECADVD127 New Model Army - Live 161203 album art New Model Army Live 161203 Secret Films SECADVD127 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
ATK2311, 6405902 New Model Army - Carnival album art New Model Army Carnival (Album) Attack Attack ATK2311, 6405902 France 2005 Sell This Version
ATK2312 New Model Army - High album art New Model Army High (Album) Attack Attack, Attack Attack ATK2312 UK 2007 Sell This Version
ATK2314 New Model Army - Fuck Texas, Sing For Us album art New Model Army Fuck Texas, Sing For Us(CD, Album) Attack Attack ATK2314 UK 2008 Sell This Version
ATK2315 New Model Army - Today Is A Good Day album art New Model Army Today Is A Good Day (Album) Attack Attack ATK2315 UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
ATK2323 New Model Army - Between Dog And Wolf album art New Model Army Between Dog And Wolf (Album) Attack Attack ATK2323 UK 2013 Sell This Version
0209761ERE New Model Army - Between Wine And Blood album art New Model Army Between Wine And Blood (Album) Ear Music 0209761ERE Germany 2014 Sell This Version
ATK2326 New Model Army - Between Wine And Blood Live  album art New Model Army Between Wine And Blood Live (3xCD + DVD + Ltd) Attack Attack ATK2326 UK 2015 Sell This Version
ATK2328 New Model Army - Winter album art New Model Army Winter (Album) Ear Music, Attack Attack ATK2328 UK 2016 Sell This Version
ATK2330 New Model Army - Night Of A Thousand Voices album art New Model Army Night Of A Thousand Voices(2xCD + DVD-V) Attack Attack ATK2330 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
SJPCD606 New Model Army - Live At Rock City Nottingham album art New Model Army Live At Rock City Nottingham (Album) The Store For Music SJPCD606 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
none New Model Army - From Here album art New Model Army From Here (Album) Attack Attack, Ear Music none Germany 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ABS 020 New Model Army - Great Expectations album art New Model Army Great Expectations (Single) Abstract Records ABS 020 UK 1983 Sell This Version

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