World Domination Enterprises

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Rock dance fusion trio who, though passing largely unacknowledged in their own lifetime, have achieved something akin to cult status in their retirement. The band comprised Keith Dobson (guitar, vocals),…
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Rock dance fusion trio who, though passing largely unacknowledged in their own lifetime, have achieved something akin to cult status in their retirement. The band comprised Keith Dobson (guitar, vocals), Steve Jameson (bass) and Digger (drums). Dobson had formerly drummed with hippie monoliths Here And Now, released the album Let’s Get Professional with his previous band 012, and set up his own cassette label, invitingly titled Fuck Off Records. World Domination Enterprises first arrived in 1985, when they played a flurry of gigs around the UK to coincide with the Live Aid phenomenon. This was followed by the release of their debut single, and their signature song, ‘Asbestos Lead Asbestos’. Its gravelly, savage delivery neatly counterpointed Dobson’s environmental concerns with a rumbling, bass-dominated resonance. Contrastingly, other material included ‘Hotsy Girl’, a tribute to their Morris Minor and the art of stock car racing. As the 80s developed the group played at many of the warehouse parties during the early acid house epoch, notably those organized by the Mutoid Waste Company. In the meantime they had released two LPs, but split after returning from a tour of Russia when Digger elected to pledge his faith to the Jehovah’s Witness movement. There was no way back from that, and Dobson split the group and set up home in Spain, though he did return to London in 1993. Jameson joined with Steve Smith (ex-Vapors) in a new outfit, Cut, while Digger continues merrily on his way to this day, imparting the good news via the latest issue of Watchtower.