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Hungry Beat *

Album: Hungry Beat *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Candyskin
2)    Meat Whiplash
3)    Get Up and Use Me
4)    Everything's Roses
5)    Big Gold Dream
6)    Plastic Gift
7)    Sympathetic Anaesthetic
8)    Discord
9)    New Thing in Cartons
10)    Hungry Beat
11)    Lubricate Your Living Room, Pt. 1
12)    Lubricate Your Living Room, Pt. 2
13)    Get Up and Use Me
14)    Sympathetic Anaesthetic
15)    New Thing in Cartons
16)    Plastic Gift (Reprise)
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Karen Brown (vocals); Murray Slade (guitar); Stephen Lironi (drums); Tom Dean Burn (background vocals).
  • Liner Note Authors: Bob Last; Innes Reekie.
  • Recording information: 02/08/1980-05/??/1981.
  • Photographer: Hilary Morrison.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Angus Whyte.
  • Thanks in part to the popularity of Scottish dance-rock act Franz Ferdinand in the early 2000s, the Fire Engines became perhaps the most name-dropped band most people had never actually heard. The band's limited recorded output was released on vinyl seven-inch, LP, and EP in the early '80s; it quickly went out of print, and became nearly impossible to track down. In 2007, Acute Records issued HUNGRY BEAT, a 16-track collection spread across the band's various releases, including its debut 1980 self-released single "Codex Communications." Offering a proto-dance punk sound pulled so tight you can practically bounce a quarter off it, the Fire Engines excelled at blending stutter-funk grooves with pre-C-86 jangle pop. A wonderful service to Britpop and post-punk fans alike, HUNGRY BEAT is absolutely essential.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith a jagged double-guitar pop attack echoing the Voidoids..."

Uncut (p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Fire Engines dealt in the hyperactive rhythms and jagged guitars that had animated Talking Heads and Television....Laced with killer riffs."
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