New Model Army

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 Jason "Moose" Harris (b. 1968; bass, guitar) and Robb Heaton (b. 1962, Cheshire, England, d. 4th November 2004; drums, guitar).

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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New Model Army Discography

Albums

New Model Army Vengeance (Album) Abstract Records Finland 1984 Sell This Version
New Model Army No Rest For The Wicked (Album) EMI, EMI UK 1985 Sell This Version
New Model Army The Ghost Of Cain (Album) EMI, EMI Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
New Model Army New Model Army (MiniAlbum, Album) EMI, EMI Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
New Model Army Thunder And Consolation (Album) EMI, EMI Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
New Model Army Impurity (Album) EMI, EMI UK 1990 Sell This Version
New Model Army Raw Melody Men (Album) EMI, EMI France 1991 Sell This Version
New Model Army BBC Radio One Live In Concert (Album) Windsong International UK 1991 Sell This Version
New Model Army The Love Of Hopeless Causes (Album) Epic UK 1993 Sell This Version
New Model Army Strange Brotherhood (Album) EMI Electrola, Attack Attack Germany 1998 Sell This Version
New Model Army ...& Nobody Else (Album) Attack Attack UK 1999 Sell This Version
New Model Army Eight (Album) Attack Attack, Attack Attack UK 2000 Sell This Version
New Model Army Live 161203 Secret Films Europe 2004 Sell This Version
New Model Army Carnival (Album) Attack Attack France 2005 Sell This Version
New Model Army High (Album) Attack Attack, Attack Attack US 2007 Sell This Version
ATK2314 New Model Army Fuck Texas, Sing For Us(CD, Album) Attack Attack ATK2314 UK 2008 Sell This Version
New Model Army Today Is A Good Day (Album) Attack Attack UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
New Model Army Between Dog And Wolf (Album) Attack Attack UK 2013 Sell This Version
New Model Army Between Wine And Blood (Album) Ear Music Germany 2014 Sell This Version
ATK2326 New Model Army Between Wine And Blood Live (3xCD + DVD + Ltd) Attack Attack ATK2326 UK 2015 Sell This Version
New Model Army Winter (Album) Ear Music UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

New Model Army Great Expectations (Single) Abstract Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
New Model Army Bittersweet (Single) Quiet, Quiet UK 1983 Sell This Version
New Model Army The Price (Single, EP) Abstract Records Europe 1984 Sell This Version
New Model Army No Rest / Heroin (Single) EMI UK 1985 Sell This Version