No Friends Of Harry

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Formed in Johannesburg in 1986, N.F.O.H. rightly claim the title of South Africa's first and most influential alternative/goth band, thanks to heavy rotation (primarily on Barney Simon's Shadow Show on Radio 5) and constant live appearances.
Fiercely independent and driven by Annette McLennan's insistent drumming and husband Rob's deep, growling vocals, the band released three albums ("One Came Running" (1987), "Into The Valley" (1989) on Principal, and "Fifteen Seconds" (1991) on Clear Cut) and finally the "Fly By Night" compilation before calling it quits in September 1998 when their bassist emigrated to Scotland.

Rob McLennan: vocals, guitar
Dave de Vetta: bass
Ian Wiggins: guitar
Annette McLennan: drums
Adrian Hamilton: keyboards / sometimes
Mark Williams: Management / setting fire to things
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Albums

PRINCE 005 No Friends Of Harry - One Came Running album art No Friends Of Harry One Came Running (MiniAlbum) Principal Records PRINCE 005 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
HARRY 1 No Friends Of Harry - Into The Valley album art No Friends Of Harry Into The Valley (Album) Principal Records HARRY 1 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version
CLR 1 No Friends Of Harry - Fifteen Seconds album art No Friends Of Harry Fifteen Seconds (Album) Clear Cut Records CLR 1 South Africa 1991 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TUS 1 No Friends Of Harry - The Present Has Passed album art No Friends Of Harry The Present Has Passed(7", Single) Tusk Music TUS 1 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
ONEF 1027 No Friends Of Harry - Fade Away / The Price You Pay album art No Friends Of Harry Fade Away / The Price You Pay(7", Single, Ltd, RM, Tra) One F Music ONEF 1027 South Africa 2018 Sell This Version

Compilations

CDEMCJ (WI) 5766, 7243 497221 2 5 No Friends Of Harry - Fly By Night (1986-1998) album art No Friends Of Harry Fly By Night (1986-1998)(CD, Comp) EMI, EMI CDEMCJ (WI) 5766, 7243 497221 2 5 South Africa 1998 Sell This Version
FRESHCD 129 No Friends Of Harry - The Present Has Passed: The Best Of No Friends Of Harry album art No Friends Of Harry The Present Has Passed: The Best Of No Friends Of Harry(CD, Comp) Fresh Music (2) FRESHCD 129 South Africa 2003 Sell This Version

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The_Gaijin

May 30, 2019
Saw them many times live at various venues including their excellent gig on the steps of the Jo'burg Library when they launched their Into The Valley LP. Other memorable shows were @ Le Club, The Thunderdome and Bruma Flea Market. They were always tight live, with the fantastic Annette and Dave providing a powerful rhythm for Ian and Rob to accompany.

While the remix and reissue of 15 Seconds was unanticipated (in 2018) my favourite tracks of theirs remain unavailable on CD to date and one can only hope that after 30+ years they will see a digital reissue.

A couple of collections have been issued with the EMI 'Fly By Night' being the better of the two. It features the group's SABC session and some otherwise unavailable out-takes as highlights. The other release, 'The Present Has Passed' (on Fresh) features below average vinyl rips from OCR, IFTC & ITV but is to be recommended for the inclusion of so many otherwise unavailable songs.

Comments on their facebook page state that further digital reissues are coming. Links to the recent reisue of 15 Seconds Redux are also there and songs can be purchased/previewed on Bandcamp.

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