Endless Bob Brown

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Endless Bob Brown were from near Birmingham, UK (Kidderminster, Bewdley and Coseley) and played stacks of gigs in small pubs and clubs throughout the mid-1980s. The core members were David Griffiths (mainly bass and vocals), Bryn Corbett (mainly guitar), Guy Martin (mainly guitar) and Tim Bearne (drums). They started in about 1983 emerging from the ashes of David and Bryn’s previous band, Childhood’s End which faltered despite the support and production skills of Bob Lamb (at that point basking in success as producer of UB40’s multi-selling first LP) and signing an ultimately unfruitful contract with French record label Vogue. Although it’s easy to see the band as epitomising the C86-ish indie sound they were also a product of the post-punk ferment that spewed forth so many wildly diverse and ambitious acts in the early 1980s. A bubbling cauldron of inspirations fed the band but the Beach Boys, the Associates and 60s teen pop, loomed pretty large.
A list of the cover versions regularly sprinkled into their sets gives a sense this: “Tonight You Belong to Me” (a song from a scene in the Steve Martin film The Jerk); “Tryin’ Times” (Roberta Flack); “Baby Love” (the Supremes); “I Can Hear Music” (the Beach Boys); and “I’m So Close to Cathy” (a 60’s teen lament by Mike Clifford) to name just a few. Listen carefully and you’ll notice dozens of lyrical and musical references in EBB songs directly honouring the band’s influences: so when invited to ‘run come see St Judy’s Comet’ (in “I Like So Many Things”) it was because Paul Simon had said to do just that and “Be Good to Your Blood” was EBB’s (lyrically dark) twist on “Be True to Your School”, a rather more innocent lament by the Beach Boys. An eclectic approach also fed into the wide range of instruments they employed live and the band’s shows were often chaotically punctuated with switches between bass/drums/guitar/synths/stylophones/drum machine and a range of percussion that wouldn’t have shamed Earth Wind and Fire.

The band never released anything officially, but did handout a bunch of cassette demos, recorded at local studios, to labels, venues and fans. It’s those demos which make up this collection of songs. Ultimately EBB were in it for the fun and the art and by and large were totally un-minded (and possibly ill-equipped) to make it in the music business. The nearest they got to wider success was an offer of a tour supporting the Chills but unfortunately the band folded (or rather dispersed geographically) before that could happen. Although none of the band members went onto to musical fame, all kept at it. Through the late 1980s David, while simultaneously in EBB, was bass player with the Visitors in Exeter who released “Goldmining" on Sarah Records’ precursor label Sha La La (and recently a retrospective CD album, “Miss” was on Matinee Records). David and Bryn continued through the 1990s as Super 8 playing lots of gigs in Birmingham. More recently Guy can be found leading Eastern Seaboard (Norwich) who are releasing a second album in 2016 and Bryn (now in Pheonix, USA) has been prolific putting music out via the web, mainly as Particle Dots. David has released a number of records as Lightspeed Future Lullaby and played on Piano Magic’s first album. Tim’s drumming skills got exported to the north of England where his talent graced a number of bands. For all the band members though, these were their days of musical discovery, when a ravenous musical appetite and the simple desire to ‘sound like’ their favourites was the most potent creative force in the world.

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released May 16, 2016

All songs written by Griffiths, Corbett, Martin, Bearne
All lyrics written by Griffiths

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Endless Bob Brown were from near Birmingham, UK (Kidderminster, Bewdley and Coseley) and played stacks of gigs in small pubs and clubs throughout the mid-1980s.

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