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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 Autonomy Centre and 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 Bynghall, 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 continued as Unit (6) although Dave Fanning left Unit in 2007, leaving Andy Martin and Colin Murrell as the only members of Apostles in UNIT.
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SCUM ONE The 1st. Demo! — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) The 1st. Demo! Scum Tapes (2) SCUM ONE UK 1981 Sell This Version
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none The 2nd Dark Age Demo — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) The 2nd Dark Age Demo (Album) Not On Label (The Apostles (3) Self-released) none UK 1982 Sell This Version
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none Topics For Discussion - 4th Demo — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) Topics For Discussion - 4th Demo(Cass) Scum Tapes (2) none UK 1982 Sell This Version
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none Libertarian Propaganda - The 3rd Demo — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) Libertarian Propaganda - The 3rd Demo(Cass) Scum Tapes (2) none UK 1982 Sell This Version
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none The Second Demo 13-14/03/82 — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) The Second Demo 13-14/03/82(Cass, C60) Not On Label (The Apostles (3) Self-released) none UK 1982 Sell This Version
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CFC 015 Live At The LMC 22/1/83 — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) & The Mob (3) The Apostles (3) & The Mob (3) - Live At The LMC 22/1/83 Cause For Concern CFC 015 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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P&S #3 Live At The Recession Club 22.9.83 — The Apostles (3) 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
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none Swimmers In The Sea Of Life... - The 5th Demo — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) Swimmers In The Sea Of Life... - The 5th Demo(Cass, Album) Not On Label (The Apostles (3) Self-released) none UK 1983 Sell This Version
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MORT 23 Punk Obituary — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) Punk Obituary (Album) Mortarhate Records MORT 23 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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GURT 11 The Lives And Times Of The Apostles — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) The Lives And Times Of The Apostles(LP, Album) Children Of The Revolution Records GURT 11 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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ASR 001, ASR ONE How Much Longer? — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) How Much Longer?(LP) Acid Stings, Acid Stings ASR 001, ASR ONE UK 1986 Sell This Version
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none Une Réponse — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) Une Réponse(Cass) BBP Records (2) none UK 1987 Sell This Version
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AB 001 Equinox Screams — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) Equinox Screams(LP, Album) Active Sounds Tapes AB 001 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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A.S.P.4 A.S.P.A. Demo — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) A.S.P.A. Demo(Cass) Active Sounds Tapes A.S.P.4 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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none Cartography / The Show Trial Asylum — The Apostles (3) 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
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a.s.p.2.0., A.S.P. 20 The Other Operation / Reminence Of A Destructive Age — The Apostles (3) 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 a.s.p.2.0., A.S.P. 20 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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none The Progressive Blues Experiment — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) The Progressive Blues Experiment (Album) BBP Records (2) none Germany 1988 Sell This Version
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PRICK - 004 How To Suck Seed — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) How To Suck Seed(Cass) Bald Cactus Tapes/Distribution PRICK - 004 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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ASR002 The Acts Of The Apostles In The Theatre Of Fear — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) The Acts Of The Apostles In The Theatre Of Fear(LP, Album) Acid Stings ASR002 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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none Life — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) Life(Cass) BBP Records (2) none UK 1988 Sell This Version
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NO MASTER'S VOICE No .2 Hymn To Pan — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) Hymn To Pan(LP, Album) No Master's Voice NO MASTER'S VOICE No .2 US 1988 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

SCUM 2 Rising From The Ashes — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) Rising From The Ashes (EP) Scum Records (2) SCUM 2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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none Blow It Up Burn It Down Kick It Till It Breaks — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) Blow It Up Burn It Down Kick It Till It Breaks(7", EP, W/Lbl) Not On Label (The Apostles (3) Self-released) none UK 1983 Sell This Version
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SCUM 4 The Giving Of Love Costs Nothing — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) The Giving Of Love Costs Nothing (EP) Scum Records (2) SCUM 4 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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SCUM 3 The Curse Of The Creature — The Apostles (3) The Apostles (3) The Curse Of The Creature (EP) Scum Records (2) SCUM 3 UK 1984 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

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