- Punishment of Luxury
Punishment of Luxury, also known as Punilux was an independent band which existed in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
From a background working in left-wing English fringe theatre groups, Punishment Of Luxury were a four-man post-punk band formed in December 1976 in the north-east of England, and released a single, "Puppet Life" on the Small Wonder label in June 1978. In 1979 they signed to United Artists and released the single "Jellyfish/Engine Of Excess" and the album "Laughing Academy". 1980 saw the release of the single "Secrets/Brain Bomb". All received critical acclaim and sold well. An extensive European tour followed and United Artists sent the band into the studio to record another album, a concept album to be called "Gigantic Days". However while the recording was still going on, United Artists were taken over by EMI, who dropped the band.
Punishment Of Luxury released two further albums on the Red Rhino label, "Seven" in 1983 and "Feels Like Dancing Wartime" in 1984. The album "Gigantic Days" was finally released, on CD, in 1998.
The band took their name from an 1891 painting by
Giovanni Segantiniin the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
In 2007 they reunited and played a few songs for the basist Jimi Giro's 50th birthday party. A little more than a year later they landed a gig at a small pub in Gateshead, in the north-east of England called The Three Tuns. The gig was considered a success and was written about in "The Guardian" newspaper. The band are planning on more gigs in the future and possibly introducing more new material, of which a taster was given in the form of one song called "Fracture" at the Three Tuns.
* [http://www.punishmentofluxury.com/nl-home.htm Punishment of Luxury home page]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/artists/p/punishmentofluxu/ John Peel Sessions tracklist and lineup from 1978 / 1979 ]
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