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Ausgang

Ausgang are a gothic rock band formed in Birmingham in 1983.

History

Ausgang formed from the ashes of previous band Kabuki. Some members had also been members of another band, The Solicitors. Max (vocals), Cub (bass guitar) and Matthew (guitar) were all previously in Kabuki, the band releasing one single (“I Am a Horse”) before splitting up. With drummer Ibo they formed Ausgang and played their first gig in September 1983 at the Powerhouse in Birmingham. They toured with The Wonder Stuff and The Cult before signing to Criminal Damage Records. Cub was replaced by Stu and the band signed to FM Revolver Records, with their debut album Manipulate released in January 1986. The band and label parted ways and after a tour with Gene Loves Jezebel, the band set up their own Shakedown label, returning with the “King Hell” 12-inch single later that year. Inspired by a friend who had painted the slogan on his jacket, the band briefly lengthened their name to Ausgang-a-Go-Go in an attempt to break away from their goth reputation, releasing a mini-LP under that name in 1987 before splitting up. They reformed in 2003.

Discography

The Teachings of Web 12″ EP (1984), Criminal Damage
Solid Glass Spine 7″ single (1984), Criminal Damage – (UK Indie No. 28)
Head On! 12″ EP (1984), Criminal Damage
Hunt Ya Down 12″ EP (1985), Heavy Metal FM
Manipulate (album)|Manipulate LP (1985), Heavy Metal FM
King Hell 12″ EP (1986), Shakedown
Los Descamisados mini-LP (1987), Shakedown – as Ausgang-A-Go-Go
Last Exit… The Best of Ausgang LP/CD (2001), Anagram
Licked LP (2005)

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Orphan

Rob Harris has written into the archive about Orphan:

I am amazed that Orphan do not get a mention. They were a giging band with residenties at The Railway, Barrel Organ, Mercat Cross and regular gigs too numerous to list.

and following a trail, this was on Phill’s Facebook page:

ORPHAN was a post punk new wave band based in Birmingham UK, founded by singer/songwriter Phill J. Dunn (Phillip James Dunn). The band went through various incarnations – and included Phill Dunn (rhythm guitar/lead vocal/main writer), Phil Campion (keyboards), Pete Dunn (bass), Phil Vickers (drums), Richard Westwood (drums), Keith Jones (violin), Trevor Wigley (lead guitar), Steve Leighton (lead guitar), they were the main players, and there’s a couple of others that stood in very briefly at the beginning.

ORPHAN was mainly a gigging band, and worked all over the country, but had 3 main residencies in Birmingham – The Railway, The Barrel Organ and The Mercat Cross. Apart from gigging, they recorded 2 albums – the First called ‘PHOBIAS’, which was released on Swoop Records, with 4 singles pulled from that album. The Second album, explored a more complex new wave, pop-rock form, it was untitled and not commercially released due to contractual problems, a demo of this album still exists. One of the tracks – ‘DIFFERENT LEVELS’ was recently used in Phill Dunn’s director’s reel. Phill Dunn is also a filmmaker. ORPHAN disbanded when Phill Dunn left England to further his directing experience.

Phill is currently a film director/writer based in Singapore but still pursues his musical side, ie songwriting and recording under the name of ROXY REJECTS. The name of the band was originally used as just a creative umbrella name for creating pop-rock songs for commercial television projects, but eventually led to the formation of the ROXY REJECTS band, into a more serious and artistic musical direction with an album in the making. This debut album has been recorded but it’s still at mixing stage. The songs and the music draw upon the influences of sixties’ British psychedelic rock.

This great Post-Punk track was a private pressing in 1979:

Don’t Want To Go

Discography

             Album                      Label

1983 – Phobias                     PVK Records

Phobias/Nervous  /I Don’t Want It Like That  /Timebombs /R.S.V.P.U./Dreamboat /Julie Isn’t Julie In The Bath/Mouth To Mouth /7 Teen /Ambition + /Little England /Love On The Lichfield Line

Singles                      

1979 – I Don’t Want To Go (To Work Tomorrow) /Little Mother: Private Pressing

1981 – R.S.V.P.U./Mouth To Mouth: Swoop

1981 – Nervous/Little England: Swoop

1981 -Love On The Lichfield Line/Ambition: Swoop

 

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