|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|2||Who Says So?||8||Audio||1983||Red Flame|
|3||Out Of The Trees||10||Audio||1986-11-00||4AD|
|8||Time Clock Turn Back||12||Audio||1983||Pleasantly Surprised|
|10||Out Of The Trees||8||Audio||1986||4AD|
Formed: 1980 in West London, UK.
Ceased activity: circa 1986.
A British instrumental quartet, Dif Juz (a play on "different jazz") consisted of brothers Dave & Alan Curtis (both guitarists), bassist Gary Bromley and drummer/occasional sax player Richard Thomas. They released two seminal EPs; [r=381650] and [r=381643] in 1981 on the then fledgling 4AD label. The band then departed 4AD for the label Red Flame in 1983 where they released an experimental mini LP [r=381598], following this they toured extensively through 1984 and 1985 supporting [a=Cocteau Twins] and [a=Wolfgang Press, The] before returning to 4AD to record their first full-length LP [r=383702] which featured contributions by Cocteau Twins Elizabeth Fraser (vocals) and Robin Guthrie (production). Shortly thereafter Dif Juz were introduced to Jamaican dub innovator [a=Lee Perry] and served as his backing band for a series of shows before eventually attempting to make a record together. The five tracks that were recorded - including a nine-minute version of "The Mighty Quinn" - never quite gelled, despite Robin Guthrie's attempts to mix them and the collaboration remains unreleased.
With the exception of a reissued and re-recorded Huremics and Vibrating Air (respectively) in the form of [r=381633] and a contribution to the 1986 4AD compilation [r=159986] the band effectively disappeared, though the members remained active separately; the Curtis brothers and Ritchie Thomas both recorded parts for [a=This Mortal Coil]'s [r=184972] album, whilst Thomas would also appear that year on the Cocteau Twins/Harold Budd collaboration [r=77098] playing drums and saxophone. He and Dave Curtis also contributed to The Wolfgang Press' albums [r=260855] and [r=104397], respectively.
It is rumoured that the band's 'final' dissolution came when Richard Thomas became a touring drummer for [a=Jesus And Mary Chain, The], though the band never officially split up.
After many years of silence, the posthumous release by 4AD of Huremics and Vibrating air appeared in the form of [r=237958] in 1999. Coinciding with the album was the creation of a website which appeared to be created by the band. This page ran the banner "By us about us", as well as "More soon" though this never materialized.