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Basement 5

Basement 5 - 1965-1980 (PIAS)


RELEASED: 20th October 2017
Vinyl LP

Format: Vinyl LP

The long forgotten yet seminal work of Basement 5. The albums were produced by sonic alchemist Martin Hannett. 

Partly formed out of the Art Department of London's Island Records HQ in 1978, Basement 5 were an innovative and highly original black post punk group who created a kind of politically charged, futurist dub. Their lyrics were an attempt to reflect the situation of young people in Britain in the era of Thatcherism, high unemployment, strikes, racism and working class poverty. The seething resentment, dub noise and sheet metal riffage was welded into a mighty sound by Hannett that stands the test of time.


  1. Riot
  2. No Ball Games
  3. Hard Work
  4. Immigration
  5. Last White Christmas
  6. Heavy Traffic
  7. Union Games
  8. Too Soon 
  9. Omega Man