Apostles, The (3)

Also known as Apostles
Members of Apostles, The (3): Andy Martin (2), Chris Low (2), Chris Widni, Dan MacKintyre, Dave Fanning, Grant Munro, Julian Portinari, Martin Ryan (2), Patrick Rat Poole, Pete Bynghall, Scruff Lewty, Sean Stokes, Simon Parish, Stephen Lewty
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Discography of Apostles, The (3):

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Punk Obituary 18 Audio 1986-02-24 Mortarhate Records
2 Smash The Spectacle! 5 Audio 1985-04-00 Mortarhate Records
3 No Faith No Fear / Who Won The Human Race? 5 Audio 1989 Active Sounds Records
4 The Curse Of The Creature 8 Audio 1985 Scum Records (2)
5 Death To Wacky Pop 4 Audio 1986 Fight Back Records
6 Cartography / The Show Trial Asylum 33 Audio 1987-09-14 Not On Label
7 The Lives And Times Of The Apostles 14 Audio 1986-04-00 Children Of The Revolution Records
8 The Acts Of The Apostles In The Theatre Of Fear 13 Audio 1988 Acid Stings
9 Blow It Up Burn It Down Kick It Till It Breaks 5 Audio 1982 Not On Label (Apostles, The (3))
10 How Much Longer? 16 Audio 1986 Acid Stings
11 The Other Operation / Reminence Of A Destructive Age 19 Audio 1988
12 Equinox Screams 24 Audio 1987 Active Sounds Tapes
13 Hymn To Pan 20 Audio 1988 No Master's Voice
14 Live At The LMC 2 Audio 1983 Cause For Concern
15 Rising From The Ashes 6 Audio 1983 Scum Records (2)
16 The Giving Of Love Costs Nothing 6 Audio 1984 Scum Records (2)
17 The Progressive Blues Experiment 17 Audio 1988 SHM Tapes
18 The 2nd Dark Age 12 Audio 1982 BBP Records (2)
19 Swimmers In The Sea Of Life... 13 Audio 1983 BBP Records (2)
20 Live At The LMC 2 Audio 1983 Cause For Concern
21 No Faith No Fear 38 Audio 1993 Front Cover Productions


The Apostles were an experimental post-punk band who developed within the confines of the 1980s Anarcho Punk scene in the UK, but did not necessarily adhere to the aesthetics of that movement.

Although the core of the group remained stable, Andy Martin and Dave Fanning were joined by various members over their 10 year span. Variation was also key in music styles as they varied from pop to punk to industrial through to pure experimentation, with influences like The Velvet Underground, The Adverts, Alternative TV, Lemon Kittens, The Pop Group and Twelve Cubic Feet cited.

Although highly critical of the seemingly inward looking anarchist movement of the times, the autonomous and libertarian approach of The Apostles seemed to portray classic anarchism, as opposed to the conformity of many of their contemporaries. This led to much respect from notable members of the original anarcho-punk movement such as Crass with whom the band co-operated during the squatting of the Zig-Zag Club and running of the (Wapping) Anarchy Centre and (Westbourne Park) Centro Iberico venues, and Conflict who released a single and album by The Apostles on their Mortarhate label.

Originally formed in 1980 by William Corbett, Julian Portinari, Dan MaCintyre and Pete Byng-Hall, the band came into its own when Andy Martin joined to contribute lead vocals and lyrics. Shortly afterwards he was joined by Dave Fanning, ex-Innocent Bystander bassist. During this period the band recorded numerous DIY demo cassettes. In 1983 The Apostles released their first 7" single and were joined by 14 year old Scottish drummer Chris Low, ex-Political Asylum. It is from this time that The Apostles have been described as having started their 'proper recording career', releasing four classic singles, the best of which are shortly to see a long overdue re-release on CD, plus numerous full-length albums and further cassette releases.

The Apostles split up in 1989, immediately forming Academy 23 who released a number of works. Andy Martin & Dave Fanning continue to record and play live as Unit.

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