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Encyclopedia > Josef K (band)

Josef K was a Scottish post-punk band active in the early 1980s who released singles on legendary record label Postcard Records. The band was named after the protagonist of Franz Kafka's novel The Trial. Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within Europe Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Independent record label founded by Alan Horne in Glasgow, 1979. ... Kafka redirects here. ... Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe; title page of 1719 newspaper edition A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... The Trial book cover The Trial (German Der Prozess) is a surreal novel by Franz Kafka about a character named Joseph K., who awakens one morning and, for reasons never revealed, is arrested and subjected to the rigours of the judicial process for an unspecified crime. ...


Musically, they resembled their label mates Orange Juice in fusing post-punk guitars with funk and disco rhythms. However, in terms of their lyrics and image Josef K were always far more downbeat and austere than the 'Juice, and were never to have Orange Juice's commercial success. Orange juice (sometimes abbreviated OJ) is a fruit juice obtained by squeezing or pressing the interior of an orange. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Disco is a genre of music that originated in discothèques. ...


While the Postcard label was cited as a key influence on the C86 indie-pop movement of the late 1980s (and bands such as The Chesterf!elds, Juen Brides and The Wedding Present), Josef K's sound is more obviously echoed in acts such as Interpol and especially Franz Ferdinand. Band whos famous for the song Mr Blind Side Interpol is a New York City indie rock band, formed in 1998. ... Franz Ferdinand is a British indie rock/Art rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. ...


Band members

  • Paul Haig - guitar, vocals, songwriting
  • Malcolm Ross - guitar, violin
  • David Weddell - bass
  • Ronnie Torrance - drums

All their songs were written by either Paul Haig or Paul Haig/Malcolm Ross. Scottish musician, a member of 1980s band Josef K (band). ...


Paul Haig went on to have a solo career, releasing a string of albums on his own Rhythm of Life label between 1984 and 2002, while Malcolm Ross joined Orange Juice and then played with Aztec Camera and Blancmange before embarking on a solo career. Drummer Torrance and Bassist Wedell formed the Happy Family with Momus, releasing the oddly-listenable psychodrama The Man on Your Street on 4AD in 1982. Orange juice (sometimes abbreviated OJ) is a fruit juice obtained by squeezing or pressing the interior of an orange. ... Aztec Camera is a Scottish New Wave music band from Glasgow. ... Blancmange were a synthpop band in the 1980s. ...


Album Discography

  • Sorry For Laughing (unreleased album from 1980, first released 1990)
  • The Only Fun In Town (1981)
  • Young and Stupid (compilation of 1979-1981 singles/session cuts, released on vinyl 1987 and with different track listing on CD in 1991)
  • Endless Soul (best-of compilation, released 1998)
  • Crazy to Exist (live recordings from 1981, released 2002)
  • Live Valentinos (live recordings from 1981, released 2003)

External links

  • JosefK.net - unofficial site
  • Josef K biography
  • Rhythm of Life Paul Haig's record label

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