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Monday, 8 June 2015

Alphabet Beats #150: V is for....Vigilantes of Love

V is for

Three Artists that I have a profound affection for stem from Athens, Georgia - The B52's, R.E.M. and a band maybe not as well known to the masses, the Vigilantes of Love. VoL were a favourite of BBC DJ Bob Harris and it was on his show alone that you'd ever get to hear their music on the Radio.

Vigilantes of Love is a rock band fronted by Bill Mallonee with a large number of secondary players drawn from the musician pool in and around Athens, Georgia. In its later manifestations in the later 1990s and early 2000s, Mallonee usually sang, played lead and rhythm guitar and harmonica, although in earlier bands he played drums.

The band takes its name from the New Order song "Love Vigilantes," although their sound tends more to Folk, Americana, and Country Rock than new wave. Their 2001 album Summershine also showed some movement toward Britpop and R.E.M.-style college rock, which would be more fully explored in Mallonee's solo career.

Click on the links to enjoy the music of the Vigilantes of Love.

The Music
    Jugular (Fingerprint Records, 1990)
    Driving the Nails (Core, 1991)
    Killing Floor (Fingerprint Records/Sky, 1992) Produced by Mark Heard and Peter Buck
    Welcome to Struggleville (Capricorn, 1994)
    Blister Soul (Capricorn, 1995)
       Slow Dark Train (Capricorn, 1997)
    To The Roof Of The Sky (Meat Market, 1998)
       Cross the Big Pond (EP) (1999)
    Audible Sigh (Compass, 2000)
    Summershine (Compass, 2001)
 Resplendent (Audibly Live) (2002)

For Some Bill Mallonee Solo Albums 

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