Thanks in part to the popularity of Scottish dance-rock act Franz Ferdinand in the early 2000s, the Fire Engines became perhaps the most name-dropped band most people had never actually heard. The band's limited recorded output was released on vinyl seven-inch, LP, and EP in the early '80s; it quickly went out of print, and became nearly impossible to track down. In 2007, Acute Records issued HUNGRY BEAT, a 16-track collection spread across the band's various releases, including its debut 1980 self-released single "Codex Communications." Offering a proto-dance punk sound pulled so tight you can practically bounce a quarter off it, the Fire Engines excelled at blending stutter-funk grooves with pre-C-86 jangle pop. A wonderful service to Britpop and post-punk fans alike, HUNGRY BEAT is absolutely essential.
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