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THE LIVES & TIMES OF THE APOSTLES. A SHORT HISTORY

The Apostles were an experimental post-punk band who developed within the confines of the 1980s Anarcho Punk scene in the UK, but did not necessarily adhere to the aesthetics of that movement.

Although the core of the group remained stable, Andy Martin and Dave Fanning were joined by various members over their 10 year span. Variation was also key in music styles as they varied from pop to punk to industrial through to pure experimentation, with influences like The Velvet Underground, The Adverts, Alternative TV, Lemon Kittens, The Pop Group and Twelve Cubic Feet cited.

Although highly critical of the seemingly inward looking anarchist movement of the times, the autonomous and libertarian approach of The Apostles seemed to portray classic anarchism, as opposed to the conformity of many of their contemporaries. This led to much respect from notable members of the original anarcho-punk movement such as Crass with whom the band co-operated during the squatting of the Zig-Zag Club and running of the (Wapping) Anarchy Centre and (Westbourne Park) Centro Iberico venues, and Conflict who released a single and album by The Apostles on their Mortarhate label.

Originally formed in 1980 by William Corbett, Julian Portinari, Dan MaCintyre and Pete Byng-Hall, the band came into its own when Andy Martin joined to contribute lead vocals and lyrics. Shortly afterwards he was joined by Dave Fanning, ex-Innocent Bystander bassist. During this period the band recorded numerous DIY demo cassettes. In 1983 The Apostles released their first 7" single and were joined by 14 year old Scottish drummer Chris Low, ex-Political Asylum. It is from this time that The Apostles have been described as having started their 'proper recording career', releasing four classic singles, the best of which are shortly to see a long overdue re-release on CD, plus numerous full-length albums and further cassette releases.

The Apostles split up in 1989, immediately forming Academy 23 who released a number of works. Andy Martin & Dave Fanning continue to record and play live as Unit (6).
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The Apostles (3) - The 1st. Demo! album art The Apostles (3) The 1st. Demo! Scum Tapes (2) UK 1981 Sell This Version
The Apostles (3) - The 2nd Dark Age album art The Apostles (3) The 2nd Dark Age (Album) BBP Records (2) UK 1982 Sell This Version
none The Apostles (3) - Topics For Discussion - 4th Demo album art The Apostles (3) Topics For Discussion - 4th Demo(Cass) Scum Tapes (2) none UK 1982 Sell This Version
none The Apostles (3) - Libertarian Propaganda - The 3rd Demo album art The Apostles (3) Libertarian Propaganda - The 3rd Demo(Cass) Scum Tapes (2) none UK 1982 Sell This Version
The Apostles (3) - Live At The LMC album art The Mob (3) & The Apostles (3) The Mob (3) & The Apostles (3) - Live At The LMC Cause For Concern UK 1983 Sell This Version
P&S #3 The Apostles (3) - Live At The Recession Club 22.9.83 album art The Apostles (3) Live At The Recession Club 22.9.83(Cass, Album, Ltd) Protect And Survive P&S #3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
BBP 005 The Apostles (3) - Swimmers In The Sea Of Life... - The 5th Demo album art The Apostles (3) Swimmers In The Sea Of Life... - The 5th Demo(Cass, Album) BBP Records (2) BBP 005 UK 1983 Sell This Version
The Apostles (3) - Punk Obituary album art The Apostles (3) Punk Obituary (Album) Mortarhate Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
GURT 11 The Apostles (3) - The Lives And Times Of The Apostles album art The Apostles (3) The Lives And Times Of The Apostles(LP, Album) Children Of The Revolution Records GURT 11 UK 1986 Sell This Version
001 The Apostles (3) - How Much Longer? album art The Apostles (3) How Much Longer?(LP) Acid Stings 001 UK 1986 Sell This Version
none The Apostles (3) - Une Réponse album art The Apostles (3) Une Réponse(Cass) BBP Records (2) none UK 1987 Sell This Version
AB 001 The Apostles (3) - Equinox Screams album art The Apostles (3) Equinox Screams(LP, Album) Active Sounds Tapes AB 001 UK 1987 Sell This Version
A.S.P.4 The Apostles (3) - A.S.P.A. Demo album art The Apostles (3) A.S.P.A. Demo(Cass) Active Sounds Tapes A.S.P.4 UK 1987 Sell This Version
none The Apostles (3) - Cartography / The Show Trial Asylum album art The Apostles (3) / The Demolition Company The Apostles (3) / The Demolition Company - Cartography / The Show Trial Asylum(Cass, Ltd, C90) Not On Label none UK 1987 Sell This Version
The Apostles (3) - The Progressive Blues Experiment album art The Apostles (3) The Progressive Blues Experiment (Album) BBP Records (2) Germany 1988 Sell This Version
The Apostles (3) - The Other Operation / Reminence Of A Destructive Age album art The Apostles (3) / Statement (2) The Apostles (3) / Statement (2) - The Other Operation / Reminence Of A Destructive Age (Album) Active Sounds Records, Active Sounds Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
ASR002 The Apostles (3) - The Acts Of The Apostles In The Theatre Of Fear album art The Apostles (3) The Acts Of The Apostles In The Theatre Of Fear(LP, Album) Acid Stings ASR002 UK 1988 Sell This Version
none The Apostles (3) - Life album art The Apostles (3) Life(Cass, Album) BBP Records (2) none UK 1988 Sell This Version
No Master's Voice No. 2 The Apostles (3) - Hymn To Pan album art The Apostles (3) Hymn To Pan(LP, Album) No Master's Voice No Master's Voice No. 2 US 1988 Sell This Version
PRICK - 004 The Apostles (3) - How To Suck Seed album art The Apostles (3) How To Suck Seed(Cass) Bald Cactus Tapes/Distribution PRICK - 004 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none The Apostles (3) - Blow It Up Burn It Down Kick It Till It Breaks album art The Apostles (3) Blow It Up Burn It Down Kick It Till It Breaks(7", EP, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Apostles, The (3)) none UK 1982 Sell This Version
The Apostles (3) - Rising From The Ashes album art The Apostles (3) Rising From The Ashes (EP) Scum Records (2) UK 1983 Sell This Version
The Apostles (3) - The Curse Of The Creature album art The Apostles (3) The Curse Of The Creature (EP) Scum Records (2) UK 1984 Sell This Version
The Apostles (3) - The Giving Of Love Costs Nothing album art The Apostles (3) The Giving Of Love Costs Nothing (EP) Scum Records (2) UK 1984 Sell This Version
MORT 9 The Apostles (3) - Smash The Spectacle! album art The Apostles (3) Smash The Spectacle!(7", EP) Mortarhate Records MORT 9 UK 1985 Sell This Version

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spunkyted

spunkyted

May 17, 2015
I have how to suck seed
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Life-the one with all the atv covers etc -great tape but lost cover
dave_disaster

dave_disaster

November 27, 2013
Why don't you add them???

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