Band Of Holy Joy

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Formed from the ashes of an unrecorded '77 punk band, Speed, Band Of Holy Joy's initial musical forays were largely in the domain of industrial bricolage and occasional bursts of madness. By the time they began releasing records under their own name in the 1980s, the band's humanist tendencies came to the fore, with astounding portraits of people on the periphery, resulting in such classics as Rosemary Smith, Mad Dot and Don't Stick Knives In Babbies Heads. The sharp sensibilities of founder and leader Johny Brown eventually led to a star-making deal with Rough Trade, a few near hits and career momentum shattered when the label collapsed mere days after what might have been the band's breakthrough album.

Slowly, a new Band Of Holy Joy has blossomed. Despite all the expected rock 'n roll trappings - Great shows! Killer tunes! Special guests! - the band operate, well, differently. In some aspects, they're an art collective. Inspired by the possibilities which burst forth after punk, the band's expression takes many forms. Visual artist Inga Tillere plays a large role in shaping the band's aesthetic and live events, and in musical foil James Stephen Finn, Mark Beazkley and Peter Smith, Johny's poetic vision transcends expectations without resorting to desperate reaches into esoterica.

In 2017, they released FUNAMBULIST WE LOVE YOU, a literary examination of the malaise set forth by Brexit, Trump, the rise of the far-right and a general disenfranchisement from most post-war liberal values. It rarely names any names, and it's far from strident, but it's undeniably a record forged by 2017.

The Band Of Holy Joy 2019 model is a sleek beat outfit that owes as much to indie music in the proper sense of indie as it does to the Brechtian connotations of past Band Of Holy Joy incarnations. They have lineage but never dwell on it preferring to forge forward. They have a history too but never let it drag them back. For the past few years they have been quietly growing and gestating and now they have emerged fully reborn with renewed purpose of sound and vision.
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none Band Of Holy Joy - Favourite Fairytales For Juvenile Delinquents album art Band Of Holy Joy Favourite Fairytales For Juvenile Delinquents(Cass) Not On Label (Band Of Holy Joy Self-released) none UK 1983 Sell This Version
PS004 Band Of Holy Joy - More Favourite Fairytales album art Band Of Holy Joy More Favourite Fairytales(Cass) Pleasantly Surprised PS004 UK 1984 Sell This Version
HARP BABY 1, Harp Baby 1 Band Of Holy Joy - The Big Ship Sails album art The Band Of Holy Joy* The Big Ship Sails(10", MiniAlbum) Flim Flam Productions, Flim Flam Productions HARP BABY 1, Harp Baby 1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
ByeBye 1 Band Of Holy Joy - When Stars Came Out To Play album art The Band Of Holy Joy* When Stars Came Out To Play (Album) ByeBye Baby ByeBye 1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
HARP LP1 Band Of Holy Joy - More Tales From The City album art The Band Of Holy Joy* More Tales From The City (Album) Flim Flam Productions HARP LP1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
ROUGH C125 Band Of Holy Joy - Manic, Magic, Majestic album art The Band Of Holy Joy* Manic, Magic, Majestic (Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade ROUGH C125 UK 1989 Sell This Version
43 466 LE Band Of Holy Joy - Positively Spooked album art The Band Of Holy Joy* Positively Spooked (Album) Rough Trade 43 466 LE Spain 1990 Sell This Version
EQCD4 Band Of Holy Joy - Tracksuit Vendetta album art Holy Joy* Tracksuit Vendetta (Album) Ecuador EQCD4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
RTRADEPRO 044 Band Of Holy Joy - Love Never Fails album art Band Of Holy Joy Love Never Fails (Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade RTRADEPRO 044 UK 2001 Sell This Version
none Band Of Holy Joy - Punklore album art The Band Of Holy Joy* Punklore(CDr, MiniAlbum) Not On Label (Band Of Holy Joy Self-released) none UK 2008 Sell This Version
none Band Of Holy Joy - Live At Southpaw - Hello Coney Island, Goodbye album art The Band Of Holy Joy* Live At Southpaw - Hello Coney Island, Goodbye(CDr, Album) Mike&Mike Productions none US 2009 Sell This Version
Radio Joy CD02 Band Of Holy Joy - Paramour album art Band Of Holy Joy Paramour(CD, Album) Radio Joy Radio Joy CD02 UK 2010 Sell This Version
EP02 Band Of Holy Joy - How To Kill A Butterfly album art Band Of Holy Joy How To Kill A Butterfly (Album) Exotic Pylon Records EP02 UK 2011 Sell This Version
PLUS 073 Band Of Holy Joy - The North Is Another Land album art Band Of Holy Joy The North Is Another Land (MiniAlbum) Moloko+ PLUS 073 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
EP19 Band Of Holy Joy - City Of Tales: Volume 1 & 2 album art Band Of Holy Joy City Of Tales: Volume 1 & 2(2xCass + File, MP3) Exotic Pylon Records EP19 UK 2013 Sell This Version
EP33 Band Of Holy Joy - Easy Listening album art Band Of Holy Joy Easy Listening(CD, Album) Exotic Pylon Records EP33 UK 2014 Sell This Version
STECD 006 Band Of Holy Joy - Land Of Holy Joy album art Band Of Holy Joy Land Of Holy Joy(CD, Album) Stereogram Recordings STECD 006 UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Band Of Holy Joy - A Plain Cookerybook For The Working Classes album art Band Of Holy Joy A Plain Cookerybook For The Working Classes(2xCDr, Ltd, Ora) Not On Label (Band Of Holy Joy Self-released) none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none Band Of Holy Joy - Fruits And Flowers For Particular People album art Band Of Holy Joy Fruits And Flowers For Particular People(2xCDr, Ltd, Pur) Not On Label (Band Of Holy Joy Self-released) none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none Band Of Holy Joy - Crime And Custom In Savage Society album art Band Of Holy Joy Crime And Custom In Savage Society(2xCDr, Ltd) Not On Label (Band Of Holy Joy Self-released) none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none Band Of Holy Joy - An Atlas Of Spatial Practice album art Band Of Holy Joy An Atlas Of Spatial Practice(Ltd + CDr, Album, Bla + CDr, Album, Bla) Not On Label (Band Of Holy Joy Self-released) none UK 2016 Sell This Version
PICI-0011-LP Band Of Holy Joy - Funambulist We Love You album art Band Of Holy Joy Funambulist We Love You (Album) Tiny Global Productions PICI-0011-LP UK 2017 Sell This Version
none Band Of Holy Joy - A Consumers Guide To Prescribed Magics album art Band Of Holy Joy A Consumers Guide To Prescribed Magics(2xCDr, Ltd, Pur) Not On Label (Band Of Holy Joy Self-released) none UK 2017 Sell This Version
none Band Of Holy Joy - Electric Songs Of Faith And Devotion album art Band Of Holy Joy Electric Songs Of Faith And Devotion(2xCDr, Ltd) Not On Label (Band Of Holy Joy Self-released) none UK 2018 Sell This Version
none Band Of Holy Joy - A Blue Book Of Dark Nights: Camden and Southend 91/92 album art Band Of Holy Joy A Blue Book Of Dark Nights: Camden and Southend 91/92(2xCDr, Ltd) Not On Label (Band Of Holy Joy Self-released) none UK 2018 Sell This Version

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MIkeBrandonNYC

May 7, 2015
P.S. Your ultra-savvy list would have been the golden textbook… Too bad you fumbled by adding one truly brilliant outfit.
MIkeBrandonNYC

MIkeBrandonNYC

May 7, 2015
Allowed an opinion. But so painfully far off the mark, bro. Esp. your lame last line.

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