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Keep Still, Keep Quiet

by Flying Club

If you have got nothing to say don't say it, if you have got nothing to play don't play it. No solo's. The gaps are as important as the music, thank you and goodnight.
Genre: Pop: Noise Pop
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Flying Club were formed in Crouch End, London during 1979 and played their first gig at Hornsey School of Art (Middlesex Polytechnic, Crouch End, London).
The band rehearsed at a disused Mental Hospital in Muswell Hill, London (thanks Dave G) playing on borrowed instruments and gear (thanks Andy Gill from Gang of Four).

The band honed a stripped down minimalist sound.
Some suggested rules were written on the walls of the rehearsal room.
"The gaps in the music are as important as the music."
"No solos."
"If you've got nothing to say don't say it, if you've got nothing to play don't play it."

The drums, bass and guitar were worked out first and then vocals.
The band referred to themselves in press releases as letters of the alphabet along with trivia of no interest, food likes, favourite colours and descriptions of unusual smells.
Flying Club played live around North London, particularly Dingwalls in Camden Lock from 1979-1981 with one of the gigs given a thumbs up review in the NME.
'Next Two Minutes' was recorded in 1981 with 'Keep Still, Keep Quiet' and 'Heard Your Voice' with Jon King from Gang of Four producing.
The tracks appear on the 'Moonlight Radio' and 'Fear and Fantasy' (vinyl only) compilation LP's featuring the bands who were playing at the Moonlight Club in West Hampstead.
The Moonlight Club featured live bands from London and around as well as bands like Joy Division and other acts from Factory Records in Manchester and from the North of England. It was one of the only venues at the time where you could see bands who were attempting to rethink how to play music.
Next Two Minutes, Keep Still, Keep Quiet and Heard Your Voice featured on The John Peel Show (BBC) along with a five track demo recorded at EMI in London.
The band played the Glastonbury Festival in 1981.
'Unknown People' was played live between 1978-1981 and usually opened and closed the live set, a version of it was recorded in 2012.
The rest isn't history.


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