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28th July 2005

The Black Dog

The Black Dog

Black Dog once tried to get house legend Mr Fingers to remix one of their early records, after playing the track down the phone Fingers response was 'Nah, that's too weird for me!'... Mr Fingers is now retired from music and does something with computers, Black Dog have a bag full of hot new music and we're showcasing it this week!

Black Dog started life (briefly) as Cheeba Smarties. Thankfully the haze of 1989 soon wore off and original members Ken Downie, Ed Handley and Andy changed the name to The Black Dog and were soon trekking around the London streets with a 4 track EP recorded on minimal equipment. To the band's dismay, they were ignored by most labels; people just didn't get them.

A swift cash injection saw them with some new gear and a recording of 'Virtual' a new EP that they bashed out in a weekend. Still no bite from the labels so the Dogs pressed up 1000 copies themselves and set off in a van to tout them round the underground record shops of the UK. The record sold out quickly and a thousand more copies were pressed for the UK and a further 500 self funded EP's landed in Germany where they also sold out.

Further releases that appeared on R&S and GPR were then followed by the split between Ken, Ed and Andy in 1995 which saw Ken continuing as The Black Dog alone whilst Ed and Andy went to work on other material.

The Black Dog as it was then ended up at the burgeoning Warp stable where they released the classic 'Bytes', 'Spanners' and 'Music For Adverts (and Short Films)' albums. After this their 3 album deal with Warp was done and dusted, we heard nothing much from The Black Dog until the beginning of this year when much to the fans delight the 'Bite Thee Back' EP appeared on the Dust Science label.
Now there's new material on the way and we'd love to tell you more about it, but it's so new that we won't even know what the tracks are called until Thursday's show - so tune in then for the full scoop on the Black Dog experience! As Rob da Bank recently said "The pioneers are back! Praise the lord!"


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