Label: Editions EG (EGEDS 2)
Price paid: $3.50
Purchased at: Angry Mom Records, Ithaca NY
The League of Gentlemen were a short-run band comprised of guitarist Robert Fripp (King Crimson), bassist Sara Lee (later of the B-52’s, Gang of Four, and Indigo Girls), keyboardist Barry Andrews (later of Shriekback), and percussionist Johnny Toobad who was replaced late-on by Kevin Wilkinson (Kevin would later join China Crisis and Squeeze.) It is not to be confused with Fripp’s band of the same name from the 60s.
During their brief existence lasting from March to December 1980 they toured widely, amassing enough material for a full LP with spin-off singles and several live/compilation albums the were released later in the decade into the mid 90s. The B-side ‘1984’ is all Fripp, taken from his 1981album ‘Let The Power Fall.’
The League’s sound is certainly not for everyone, being a jaunty rambling free-form highly experimental affair. Very ‘Fripp’, it nonetheless has strong connections- both in terms of personnel as well as stylistically- with the New Wave. Bands such as Flying Lizards undoubtedly borrowed heavily from their intense playful methodology.
The sleeve art is sparse and just a tinge haughty; in that regard it’s representative of the music itself. The salmony-pink color choice lets you know it’s ultimately all in good fun.