A peripatetic figure on the Los Angeles post-punk scene, Alex Gibson first appeared around 1978 as the lead guitarist and songwriter of an unrecorded (at the time) local band called the Little Cripples. When that band's singer, Michael Gira, split for New York to form Circus Mort and, eventually, Swans, the remaining bandmembers regrouped with Gibson on lead vocals to form B People. (A few of those early Little Cripples songs showed up, reworked, on B People's posthumous career summation, 1986's Petrified Conditions 1979-1981.) B People only managed one EP, a self-titled release on Miles Copeland's Faulty Products label, before splitting up in 1981. Later that year, Gibson released his first solo recording, a four-song EP called Passionnel, also on Faulty Products. This release found Gibson largely abandoning guitars in favor of synthesizers. Gibson's next project was the soundtrack to Penelope Spheeris' cult classic film Suburbia, on which he explored a new interest in Killing Joke-style semi-industrial atmospherics. That style continued in his next effort, a band called Passionnel, which managed two releases before splintering: 1984's The Apostle and 1985's Our Promise. (Gibson also spent part of his time during this period as an adjunct member of the Los Angeles death rockers .45 Grave.) Gibson drew a veil over his recording career after the breakup of Passionnel, writing a few more obscure film scores before finding a lucrative day job as a music and sound editor on major Hollywood films.
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