Pigbag

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British post-punk band, active from 1980 to 1983.
Started by Chris Hamlin in Cheltenham in late 1980. He recruited multi-instrumentalist Roger Freeman, (an old friend from his hometown Birmingham) along with Chris Lee (trumpet) and James Johnstone (guitar / alto sax). Later Andrew "Chip" Carpenter (drums) and Mark Smith (bass) both old school mates of James and former members of his previous band Hardware, were recruited for informal rehearsals. It was at these jam sessions that their first hit was developed, from an idea Hamlin had before the band was formed.
Simon Underwood, previously of The Pop Group was invited to join, along with his old friend and tenor sax player Ollie Moore. Simon's connections with manager Dick O'Dell landed their first gig, supporting The Slits at Bristol's Romeo and Juliets. Based on the crowd's enthusiastic response to a 20 minute performance of their first song, O'Dell invited them to record the track for his label Y Records the very next day.
Their first single, "Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag", was released in 1981 on Dick O'Dell's Y Records, taking inspiration for the title (if not the music) from James Brown's "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag". The instrumental release quickly became an underground dance hit, selling many thousands of copies and appearing high in the independent charts. Feeling that he had created and lost control of a 'monster' with too many egos to contend with, Hamlin abandoned the band.
April 1982 saw the release of their first album "Dr. Heckle & Mr Jive", which was massively successful topping the indie charts for several weeks. A major college tour followed in the spring which put a lot of stress on the band, particularly Roger Freeman. "Papa's" was re-released, receiving club play and making the UK charts, peaking at number 3. The band also made two appearances on "Top of the Pops" on April 8th & 22nd. Freeman departed before the first (turning up later in Dr. Calculus).
A new lineup, including Brian Nevill and Oscar Verden, began rehearsals on April 27th, following up with "The Big Bean" (which peaked at number 40) and a tour of the UK, Europe, New York and Japan.
New York vocalist Angela Jaeger, previously of The Drowning Craze, joined for the next LP, "Lend An Ear," recorded in late summer 1982, followed by a Christmas "Top of the Pops" appearance. In 1983, Angela and Simon Underwood were married at Hammersmith Registry Office with notables from the music scene in attendance, including John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten).
A single, "Hit The 'O' Deck" and the album "Lend An Ear" were released in 1983, followed by a final tour of UK and Europe. Following poor critical reception to the new direction and internal differences, Pigbag split in June 1983, with Angela, James and Simon forming Instinct.
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Albums

SPL1-7334 Pigbag - Dr Heckle And Mr Jive album art Pigbag Dr Heckle And Mr Jive (Album) Y Records SPL1-7334 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
YMP 1001 Pigbag - Pigbag album art Pigbag Pigbag (Album) Y Records YMP 1001 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
L 38030, X 14027 Pigbag - Lend An Ear album art Pigbag Lend An Ear (Album, Single) Y Records, Y Records L 38030, X 14027 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
SFRSCD072 Pigbag - The BBC Sessions album art Pigbag The BBC Sessions (Album) Strange Fruit, BBC Music SFRSCD072 UK 1998 Sell This Version
XQKF-1037 Pigbag - Year Of The Pigbag album art Pigbag Year Of The Pigbag (Album) Sugar Shack Records XQKF-1037 Japan 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RT-14 Pigbag - Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag album art Pigbag Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag (Single, Maxi) Y Records RT-14 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
SPCO-7326 Pigbag - Sunny Day album art Pigbag Sunny Day (Single, Maxi) Y Records, Y Records SPCO-7326 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
Y 16 Pigbag - Getting Up album art Pigbag Getting Up (Single) Y Records, Y Records Y 16 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
12" Y USA 5 Pigbag - The Big Bean album art Pigbag The Big Bean (Single, Maxi) Y Records, Y Records 12" Y USA 5 US 1982 Sell This Version
BAG 001 Pigbag - Another Orangutango album art Pigbag Another Orangutango(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Masterbag BAG 001 UK 1982 Sell This Version
SPBO-7423 Pigbag - Weak At The Knees album art Pigbag Weak At The Knees (Maxi, Single) RCA SPBO-7423 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
Y 101 Pigbag - Hit The 'O' Deck album art Pigbag Hit The 'O' Deck (Single) Y Records Y 101 Scandinavia 1983 Sell This Version
RHR 3419 Pigbag - Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag album art Paul Hardcastle / Pigbag Paul Hardcastle / Pigbag - Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag (Single) Kaz Records RHR 3419 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
none Pigbag -  Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag / Foot On The Rock / We Are Ninja (Not Geisha) (Re-Cut Version) album art The Silent Underdog / Pigbag / Frank Chickens / God Mother & Country The Silent Underdog / Pigbag / Frank Chickens / God Mother & Country - Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag / Foot On The Rock / We Are Ninja (Not Geisha) (Re-Cut Version)(7", Single + 7", Single + 7", Single + Ltd, Promo,) Kaz Records none Australia 1985 Sell This Version
KAZ T90 Pigbag - Spirit / Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag album art Drumfish / Pigbag Drumfish / Pigbag - Spirit / Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag Kaz Records KAZ T90 UK 1990 Sell This Version

Compilations

YPB 100 Pigbag - Favourite Things album art Pigbag Favourite Things (Comp, Album) Y Records YPB 100 UK 1983 Sell This Version
KAZ CD 3 Pigbag - Discology - The Best Of Pigbag album art Pigbag Discology - The Best Of Pigbag (Comp) Kaz Records KAZ CD 3 UK 1987 Sell This Version
FIRECD145 Pigbag - Volume One album art Pigbag Volume One (Comp) Fire Records FIRECD145 UK 2010 Sell This Version
FIRECD146 Pigbag - Volume Two album art Pigbag Volume Two(2xCD, Comp) Fire Records FIRECD146 UK 2010 Sell This Version