Crispy Ambulance

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Crispy Ambulance
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Formed 1977 in Manchester by Alan Hempsall and Robert Davenport.
Started as a two-man outfit but adding Keith Darbyshire and Gary Madeley to the line-up in 1978.

During their first five years they recorded sessions for local and national radio and released several records on Factory, Factory Benelux and Aural Assault. They toured in the UK and Europe, both as headline act and as support to Joy Division, Killing Joke and Section 25.

Crispy Ambulance broke apart in 1982, with the members pursuing other projects.

In 1999, the band reformed for a gig in Manchester to mark the re-release of two earlier album titles on the LTM record label. Two further studio albums followed.
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Albums

FBN 12 Crispy Ambulance - The Plateau Phase album art Crispy Ambulance The Plateau Phase (Album) Factory Benelux FBN 12 Belgium 1982 Sell This Version
CSBTV:III Crispy Ambulance - Open, Gates Of Fire album art Crispy Ambulance Open, Gates Of Fire(Cass, Album) LTM (4) CSBTV:III UK 1983 Sell This Version
LTM V.X Crispy Ambulance - Fin album art Crispy Ambulance Fin (Album) LTM (4) LTM V.X UK 1985 Sell This Version
LTMCD 2317 Crispy Ambulance - Accessory After The Fact album art Crispy Ambulance Accessory After The Fact(CD, Album) LTM (4) LTMCD 2317 UK 2000 Sell This Version
LTMCD 2329, DRL-126 Crispy Ambulance - Scissorgun album art Crispy Ambulance Scissorgun(CD, Album) LTM (4), Darla Records LTMCD 2329, DRL-126 US 2002 Sell This Version
LTMCD 2372 Crispy Ambulance - The Powder Blind Dream album art Crispy Ambulance The Powder Blind Dream (Album) LTM (4), Darla Records LTMCD 2372 UK, Europe & US 2004 Sell This Version
FBN 54 Crispy Ambulance - Compulsion album art Crispy Ambulance Compulsion (Album) Factory Benelux FBN 54 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
FBN 81 CD Crispy Ambulance - Random Textures + Compulsion album art Crispy Ambulance Random Textures + Compulsion(2xCD, Album) Factory Benelux FBN 81 CD UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ASSAULT ONE, AAR-001 Crispy Ambulance - From The Cradle To The Grave album art Crispy Ambulance From The Cradle To The Grave (Single) Aural Assault Records, Aural Assault Records ASSAULT ONE, AAR-001 UK 1980 Sell This Version
Fac Thirty Two Crispy Ambulance - Unsightly & Serene album art Crispy Ambulance Unsightly & Serene(10", Single) Factory Fac Thirty Two UK 1981 Sell This Version
fac bn 4 Crispy Ambulance - Live On A Hot August Night (Comprising The Presence and Concord Square) album art Crispy Ambulance Live On A Hot August Night (Comprising The Presence and Concord Square)(12") Factory Benelux fac bn 4 Belgium 1981 Sell This Version
FBN 18 Crispy Ambulance - Sexus album art Crispy Ambulance Sexus Factory Benelux FBN 18 Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
LTMCD 2321 Crispy Ambulance - Piccadilly Radio 1980 album art Crispy Ambulance Piccadilly Radio 1980(CDr, Single, Ltd) LTM (4) LTMCD 2321 UK 2001 Sell This Version

Compilations

CSBT V.II Crispy Ambulance - The Blue And Yellow Of The Yacht Club album art Crispy Ambulance The Blue And Yellow Of The Yacht Club(Cass, Album, Comp) LTM (4) CSBT V.II UK 1983 Sell This Version
FBN 12 CD Crispy Ambulance - Comprising : The Plateau Phase, Live On A Hot August Night, Sexus album art Crispy Ambulance Comprising : The Plateau Phase, Live On A Hot August Night, Sexus (Comp) Factory Benelux FBN 12 CD Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
18 Crispy Ambulance - Crispy Ambulance album art Crispy Ambulance Crispy Ambulance(Cass, Comp, C60) Teenbeat 18 US 1990 Sell This Version
ltmcd 2327, ltmcd2327 Crispy Ambulance - Frozen Blood (1980-82) album art Crispy Ambulance Frozen Blood (1980-82)(CD, Comp) LTM (4), LTM (4) ltmcd 2327, ltmcd2327 UK 2000 Sell This Version
LTMCD 2347 Crispy Ambulance - Black Music / Atlantic Crossing album art Various / Crispy Ambulance Various / Crispy Ambulance - Black Music / Atlantic Crossing(CD, Comp + CD) LTM (4) LTMCD 2347 UK 2003 Sell This Version

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recorddeviant36

recorddeviant36

April 3, 2021
Ashort lived group but with excellent songs. They were in the vein of Joy division but had their own experiment bent to some songs. deserve more attention. i heard some tracks in the 80's on college radio but only recently have caught up and really am listening to what i didnt hear closely or pay attention to much back then.
Expansive09

Expansive09

June 16, 2019
Raw jingly chorus driven strats, keys, pounding drums and unique vocals make Plateau Phase a winner from the early Factory Label years. The band is without a doubt cut from that late 1970s early 80s Joy Division style but with an edgier more experimental sound as if trying to push against the expected boundaries of the then musical forms but done with an artsy driven mindset. Like the early AD label artists truly a aesthetic milestone of what mainstream music could never even fathom.
charlie2300

charlie2300

June 5, 2019
I have just discovered that there are several otherwise unreleased live tracks available as free downloads through the band's website. Snap them up while you can. In these parts, Crispy Ambulance are the crème de la crème of the Factory bands.

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