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The Comsat Angels were an English post-punk band from Sheffield,  Named after the J. G. Ballard short story “The Comsat Angels”, the foursome’s original lineup (lasting from 1978 to 1992) consisted of Stephen Fellows (vocals, guitar), Mik Glaisher (drums), Kevin Bacon (bass) and Andy Peake – (keyboards). Their music has been described as “abstract pop songs with spare instrumentation, many of which were bleak and filled with some form of heartache”. They have been credited as being an influence on later post-punk revival bands such as Blacklist, Bell Hollow, Editors and Interpol.

The Comsat Angels sent a copy of their debut EP, “Red Planet”, to John Peel, who liked it and gave the band a session, which Polydor Records picked up and signed the group to their label. The group overall did 4 sessions for Peel’s show and in an interview singer Stephen Fellows praised Peel for helping the band sign to Polydor:

“These days you have singles on the album and singles that are played on the radio and that help sell records, but that kind of thinking wasn’t really as prevalent then.. A band like us didn’t generally get played anyway. If John Peel hadn’t got hold of ‘Red Planet’and given us a session, Polydor probably wouldn’t have heard of us and signed us .Once they had done I don’t think they knew exactly what they had. They left us to get on with it really. I don’t recall any A and R input at all.”

Recorded: 1981-02-03. Broadcast: 09th February 1981.

The complete session recorded by The Comsat Angels on 3rd February 1981 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on the 9th of that month.

Tracklist: 1. Be Brave (0:07) 2. At Sea (4:02) 3. Eye Of The Lens (8:13) 4. Dark Parade (12:12)

From TIME CONSIDERED AS A HELIX OF SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES: THE BBC SESSIONS 1979 – 1984