BPeople

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Arty new wave band the BPeople formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in April 1979. The line-up variously comprised Pat Delaney (synthesizer, saxophone, ex-Deadbeats), Michael Gira (vocals), Alex Gibson…
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Arty new wave band the BPeople formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in April 1979. The line-up variously comprised Pat Delaney (synthesizer, saxophone, ex-Deadbeats), Michael Gira (vocals), Alex Gibson (guitar, vocals), Paul Cutler (bass), Fred Nilsen (bass, saxophone, vocals; ex-Doo Doo Ettes) and Tom Recchion (drums, vocals). Originally titled Little Cripples and Strict Ids, they were given wider prominence by the release of then Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra’s Let Them Eat Jellybeans compilation album. Before that they had released two EPs for Faulty/IRS Records at the beginning of the 80s. Soon after their inception Gira moved to New York to form Circus Mort then the Swans, while Gibson (who scored Penelope Spheeris’ punk film Suburbia) also moonlighted with Human Sexual Response. BPeople’s brash experimentation and resolute indifference to prevailing fashions was ultimately refreshing, as witnessed on their sole studio mini-album of 1981, which earned comparisons to Joy Division. Later, interest in Gibson’s solo work and membership of Passionel also produced a BPeople compilation, released on Restless Records in 1986.