The Comsat Angels

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English post punk band from Sheffield and Doncaster, founded in 1978 and disbanded in 1995.

The Comsat Angels reformed the original line-up to play a one-off gig as part of the Sensoria Festival at the O2 Academy in Sheffield on April 26 2009. A different line-up with Terry Todd on bass then played a further three gigs in the UK in October 2009. The band played their final reunion gig at The Plug in Sheffield in December 2010.
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Albums

0060.357 The Comsat Angels - Waiting For A Miracle album art The Comsat Angels Waiting For A Miracle (Album, Comp) Polydor, Polydor 0060.357 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
3170 614 The Comsat Angels - Sleep No More album art The Comsat Angels Sleep No More (Album, Comp) Polydor, Polydor 3170 614 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
2383 645 The Comsat Angels - Fiction album art The Comsat Angels Fiction (Album) Polydor 2383 645 France 1982 Sell This Version
C 38098 The Comsat Angels - Land album art The Comsat Angels Land (Album) Jive C 38098 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
JC8 - 8279 The Comsat Angels - 7 Day Weekend album art The C.S. Angels* 7 Day Weekend (Album) Jive JC8 - 8279 US 1985 Sell This Version
ILPS 9855 The Comsat Angels - Chasing Shadows album art The Comsat Angels Chasing Shadows (Album) Island Records ILPS 9855 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
RPM 106 The Comsat Angels - Time Considered As A Helix Of Semi-Precious Stones The BBC Sessions 1979 - 1984 album art The Comsat Angels Time Considered As A Helix Of Semi-Precious Stones The BBC Sessions 1979 - 1984 (Album, Comp) RPM Records (2) RPM 106 UK 1992 Sell This Version
NORMAL 147, CSA 201 The Comsat Angels - My Minds Eye album art The Comsat Angels My Minds Eye (Album) Thunderbird, Crisis NORMAL 147, CSA 201 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
RPM 123 The Comsat Angels - Unravelled album art The Comsat Angels Unravelled (Album) Crisis RPM 123 UK 1994 Sell This Version
500 013-2, 307.2130.2 The Comsat Angels - The Glamour album art Comsat Angels* The Glamour (Album) RPM Records (2), RPM Records (2), Thunderbird, Thunderbird 500 013-2, 307.2130.2 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
CSA 103, CSA 104 The Comsat Angels - The Glamour/Not Necessarily Acoustic album art The Comsat Angels, Steve Howe The Comsat Angels, Steve Howe - The Glamour/Not Necessarily Acoustic(Cass, Promo, Smplr) RPM Records (2), RPM Records (2), Thunderbird, Thunderbird CSA 103, CSA 104 UK 1995 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

JUNTA 1 The Comsat Angels - Red Planet album art The Com-Sat Angels* Red Planet (EP) Junta Records JUNTA 1 UK 1979 Sell This Version
2059 257 The Comsat Angels - Independence Day album art The Comsat Angels Independence Day Polydor 2059 257 UK 1980 Sell This Version
2059 227 The Comsat Angels - Total War album art Comsat Angels* Total War(7", EP) Polydor 2059 227 UK 1980 Sell This Version
2059 425 The Comsat Angels - Do The Empty House album art The Comsat Angels Do The Empty House (Single) Polydor, Polydor, Polydor 2059 425 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
2059 359 The Comsat Angels - Eye Of The Lens album art The Comsat Angels Eye Of The Lens (Single) Polydor, Polydor 2059 359 France 1981 Sell This Version
none The Comsat Angels - Sleep No More Special 4 Track Promo E.P. album art The Comsat Angels Sleep No More Special 4 Track Promo E.P.(12", EP, Promo, W/Lbl) Polydor none UK 1981 Sell This Version
0030.516 The Comsat Angels - It's History album art The Comsat Angels It's History (Single, EP) Polydor, Polydor 0030.516 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
2059 562 The Comsat Angels - After The Rain (Remix) album art The Comsat Angels After The Rain (Remix) (Single) Polydor, Polydor 2059 562 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
JIVE S 51 The Comsat Angels - Island Heart album art The Comsat Angels Island Heart (Single) Jive JIVE S 51 UK 1983 Sell This Version
JDP-9097 The Comsat Angels - Will You Stay Tonight? album art The C.S. Angels* Will You Stay Tonight? (Single, EP) Jive, Jive JDP-9097 US 1983 Sell This Version
JIVE T 65, 6.20334 The Comsat Angels - You Move Me (One Good Reason) album art The Comsat Angels You Move Me (One Good Reason) (Single, Maxi) Jive JIVE T 65, 6.20334 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
JVD 027 The Comsat Angels - Day One album art The Comsat Angels Day One (Single, EP) Jive, Jive JVD 027 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
JDP 9148 The Comsat Angels - Independence Day album art The C.S. Angels* Independence Day (Single, Maxi) Jive, Jive JDP 9148 US 1983 Sell This Version
INT 15168 The Comsat Angels - Cargo / Day One album art Axel Bauer / The Comsat Angels Axel Bauer / The Comsat Angels - Cargo / Day One(12", Promo) CGD, Jive INT 15168 Italy 1984 Sell This Version

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March 24, 2020
Comsat Angels is one of those classic Eighties bands which didn't make it big - I think the reason could be there was honestly too much good music in the Eighties. Wadever the reason, they kept producing great records. Their anthem was Independence Day, it's not a particular favourite of mine. I preferred the darker, sombre tunes (like Sleep No More). In that darkness is a similarity to The Cure, who were around at the same time, soaking up all the limelight. Both produced sort of 'fringe' music for the desperate souls who didn't associate with the Thatcher years (!) and didn't want to listen to Bananarama.

You'd go to parties and everyone was playing Cure, those who had a lot of records would also have Comsat. Comsat had a faster, driving beat to their sound and to be fair the comparison to The Cure is limited. I often thought in a parallel universe, Comsat could have made it big whilst Cure floundered. The fickle music industry . . .

The first three albums are brilliant worlds of sound, strong on emotion, sound and lyrics. Those who like higher adrenaline music may find their favourite in the first album Waiting for a Miracle - I think that was most people's favourite CA album. I preferred the gloom of Sleep No More - such a beautiful soundscape on that album (Our Secret, Restless and the album title track).

The genius continued into the third album, with every single track being a gem. After the Rain, is just that - the clouds of doom from the second stunning album lift and there is hope. To pick tracks out (they're all good): again, the title track, What Else and Juju Money, which has an epic sound, with more political lyrics.

After the magical three first albums Comsat Angels started making more mainstream albums. Maybe they were seeking fame and wanted to make something more deliberately mainstream, I don't know. Land, the fourth album, is still a very good album, but it's interesting comparing it to the previous three, it doesn't have that air of mystery, of secret, a different kind of music. Oddly, CA stuck what they called the definitive mix of Independence Day on this 4th album. I'm not sure if I could tell what the difference was - and basically, if I want to hear it I go to the first album! Anyway, Land is a good, strong album, but the start of a decline, because they lose that mysterious element of the indie sound - whatever it is.

Apparently Robert Palmer was a fan, so he stepped in to produce the Chasing Shadows album. Wow, how polished it is! (But it's still not better than the first three.) The Cutting Edge track on that album is one of the best ever of Comsat Angels'; however, that cutting edge / indie sound, isn't maintained throughout the album. Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely album. I just don't think it's as strong as the first three . . .

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