Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Friendly Fires - Selected Discography

These are two fairly short EPs, so I'll write a laconic summary of them to keep things simple. Obviously inspired by New Order (and as a few other blogs have pointed out, Close Lobsters as well, who I have to admit I haven't really listened to much), The Friendly Fires' first 7", Arkansas on Deadbug records is composed of resplendent, heaven-sent 80's new wave with jangly guitars and velvety vocals. Every song on here is pop perfection, especially the title track "Arkansas" and "Looks Like Rain" both which sound like they could have been New Order B-sides.

They had two other EPs during their evanescent time as a band (they were only zoetic for a year or so between '86 and '87), the second of which, I Said to Him 12", is featured here as well. It's not quite as good as Arkansas, and kind of sounds like more of the same (although they definitely changed their style up slightly), but its still decent. I may come back and edit this and write more on these guys later (I had a difficult time hunting down info on them for some reason), but I'm a little hungover and and have school stuff to attend to. In the meantime, enjoy.


Arkansas 7" EP (1986)
I Said to Him 12" EP (1986)



  1. For the love of all things holy, please please please repost this or refresh the link or whatever must be done to bring the download link to life again! It's just too much of a musical cocktease to have this here on your blog and then not be able to download and listen to these wonderful singles. Thank you for your blog. Great stuff!!!

  2. Sorry about the delayed response. Re-upped it for ya:

  3. Thanks!..I can't believe I found this again!

  4. Hi Matt.
    I tried the link above but it is not working. Do you have another link?
    Many thanks