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Pigbag burst onto the music scene in 1980 with a brand new sound.

 

They had the energy and irreverence of punk rock, the sheer grooviness of funk, afro-beat and disco, and the joyful anarchy

 

of free jazz. They were inspired by James Brown, Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry and King Tubby.

 

Their first single (Papa’s got a brand new Pigbag) became a massive hit, reaching number 3 in the UK pop charts.

 

This success allowed them to tour extensively in the USA, Japan, Europe and the UK. Their live show became renowned for

 

a party atmosphere. They released other succesful singles including Sunny Day, Getting Up and the Big Bean and two albums

 

Dr Heckle and Mr Jive in 1982 and Lend an Ear in 1983.

 

After this they split up but during the 90’s and 00’s new cover versions of Papa’s got a brand new pigbag kept appearing

 

and were also successful commercially. Perhaps the best known is the Perfecto Allstars version which charted at number 6 in 1995.

 

In 2011 Fire records re-released the full Pigbag back catalogue including John Peel radio sessions.

 

This inspired some of the original members to write some new tracks and play some festival gigs, notably Mostly Jazz in

 

Birmingham and the International Festival in Benicassim, Spain. A new album, Year of the Pigbag was also recorded and released

 

on Sugar Shack records. Chris Lee the  original 1980’s founder member still carries the flame forward and his latest line up ‘Brand New Pigbag’ holds true to that original anarchic, joyful and exuberant live band party atmosphere.

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