March 26th, Jazz Caf, London
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Chart-topping, club-rocking seminal disco-funk band Pigbag are back, with a one-off headline gig at the Jazz Caf, following the excellent press and radio response to the re-release of their back catalogue on two beautifully packaged double CDs – Volume 1: Dr Heckle & Mr Jive and Volume 2: Lend An Ear + Pigbag Live, released on Fire records.
Jazz Caf, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG, 0207916 6060
/ Doors 7pm / 18.50 adv
If not already switched-on, fans of underground dance music, from disco, boogie, afrobeat and funk, to house, broken beat and garage will find much to love in Pigbag. Recognition for them as a seminal band plus the mass- winning of new fans has already begun and is set to increase with this guaranteed-to-be-explosive show.
Their music is also infused with the energy and attitude of punk-funk, reflected in their choice of label – Dick ODells Y records. Other Y artists included The Slits, Shriekback, The Pop Group and Maximum Joy.
Underground DJs championed their storming afro-disco-funk and ‘Sunny Day’ ‘The Big Bean, Dr Heckle & Mr Jive, Hit The O Deck and Lend An Ear all went top-ten in the indie charts.
Their first single Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag got to number three in the UK top 40 and they appeared on Top of the Pops three times. It has since become ubiquitous over the past three decades, spawning several remixes and soundtracking many TV programmes and adverts.
Inspired by the energy and freshness of the punk rock scene, Pigbag were formed in 1981 and quickly took advantage of the freedom of that era to make un-clichd music.
This was a band that sounded different – instead of distorted guitars and tortured vocals they had massed horns, drums and percussion. Their influences were different too. They listened to James Brown, dub reggae, Sun Ra and Don Cherry. Unlike many bands of the time they insisted that danceability and experimentation could go hand in hand. You could dance to them or you could stand and listen. And your focus was not on one front-person, but the whole band.
The new line-up features original members Chris Lee on trumpet (whos also played with the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl), Ollie Moore on saxes (Neneh Cherry, The Abyssinians) and drummer Kofi Adu (Osibisa, Mulato Astatke). New converts are the renowned jazz trombonist Annie Whitehead (Dr John), bassist Mark Jay Smith (Hardware, Infinite Wheel) Jessica Lauren on keys (Tom Browne, Juliet Roberts), percussionist Godwin Awala (Kush, Nana Tsiboe) and guitarist Ed Riches (Omar).
This talented new line-up has been writing fresh material that fuses joyful African sounds and charged funk beats with punchy hooklines and surreal arrangements.
Pigbag have played sold-out tours of Europe, America, Japan and the UK and are more than well-versed in whipping a crowd into a frenzy.