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Fire Engines

Fire Engines, out of Glasgow, Scotland, only existed for a couple of years between 1980 and 1981 and only cut one full-length record, 1981’s Lubricate Your Living Room. Part of the Scottish post-punk scene, they were the feral cousin of bands like Orange Juice and Joseph K. They refused, until the very end, to slather over their difficult grooves with conventional melody or sweeten it with sustained notes of any kind. Their songs were abrasive, off-putting, riffs constructed out of notes that would never fit into the same key, let alone the same chord. A good half of their catalogue was instrumental-only. Where there were vocals, they tended to be buried in the mix, emerging, yelping and bloody-nosed, at odd intervals.

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Lubricate Your Living Room

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