Although not strictly a dance act, they were involved in one of the most influential 12″s of all time and produced the best TV Theme never used for TV.

Colourbox was one of the legendary 4AD label’s earliest and most under-recognized acts. It was among the first artists outside hip-hop to rely heavily on sampling techniques; ultimately, their arty blue-eyed soul reached its commercial and creative peak through their work with AR Kane on M/A/R/R/S’ seminal “Pump Up the Volume” project, a reflection of the group’s long-standing interest in the burgeoning underground dance music scene of the 1980s.

Colourbox was primarily the work of London-based brothers Martyn and Steven Young, who recruited vocalist Debian Curry to sing on their 1982 4AD debut “Breakdown”; Curry was replaced by Lorita Grahame in time for the trio’s 1983 re-recording of the same track, this time produced by Mick Glossop. Colourbox’s self-titled debut EP – a collection of dub and scratching experiments heralding their first plunge into sampling technology, edited down from three hours of studio sessions – appeared later that same year, with the single “Say You” following in 1984. After another 12-inch, “Punch,” the group issued 1985’s “The Moon Is Blue,” a teaser for their upcoming full-length LP, also a self-titled affair; “Baby I Love You So” and “The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme” both appeared the following year (the latter single relating to the World Cup in Mexico in 86).

We will deal with M/A/R/R/S later. I really did this post to feature “The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme”. This is a classic record that easily bettered the music used on TV football shows in the UK. So, get your kit on, lace up your boots and run out to…

Colourbox – The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme

Colourbox 4AD website

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~ by acidted on October 29, 2008.

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