Fear No More The Heat Of The Sun

Belinda

I first came across the subjects of today’s post on a Blast First package tour in 1988 at the Edinburgh Venue. The bill was topped by Steve Albini’s Rapeman and also featured the wonderful Band of Susans. AC Temple were maybe third (or even fourth) on the bill but in the end I was more impressed with the latter two bands than with the headliners. Band of Susans will doubtless feature some time soon but it’s to AC Temple I turn today.


After seeing them live I bought their next LP ‘Sourpuss’ (1989 – Blast First) which was an energetic record heavily influenced by Sonic Youth. It’s very good and a significant melodic progression from their earlier work mini LP ‘Songs of Praise’ and full length debut ‘Blowtorch’ (which I subsequently backtracked to and purchased).

Album number 3 came out in 1991 and was produced by one of the hip indie producers of the time, Kramer, who was best known to me for his work with Galaxie 500.

The LP was called ‘Belinda Backwards’ and, whilst Kramer undoubtedly brought his own vision to the record it was clear that A.C. Temple were continuing their own evolution. This really a record that could only have been made on this side of the Atlantic as it fused their previous influences with medieval English folk music! It’s not as an immediate record as ‘Sourpuss’ and certainly less ferocious but it sure as hell was distinctive (in a good way).

The best track is probably ‘Come Sunrise’ and so here it is:

AC Temple – Come Sunrise

It seems that ‘Belinda’ was the band’s swansong although finding out much about AC Temple online beyond the basic facts isn’t that easy. So it’s perhaps surprising that their LPs are still available online (at very reasonable prices) from Mute or Amazon. Certainly both ‘Sourpuss’ and ‘Belinda’ are worth checking out.

There is also an unofficial Myspace site at which you can hear 4 more tracks from ‘Belinda Backwards’.

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7 Comments

  1. Noel Kilbride says:

    There are unreleased demos tracks from A.C. Temple’e last material they were working on before calling it a day

  2. Thanks, Noel. That is, to say the least, a bit tantalising!

  3. dik says:

    I want that “un-released” stuff bad…..
    Iknow it exists – my pal had a tape …in the 90’s that is.

    1. noel kilbride says:

      dik
      about to have track from the unreleased stuff included on a cherry red release which accompanies john robb’s book “death to trad rock” this book covers a pocket of early eighties alternative/ indie scene such as bogshed, big flame, the ex, membranes, 3 johns, a witness, ac temple etc other than that send me your e-mail address and i can send you the full 6 songs that got written and demo-ed but never really properly recorded or released

      1. SH says:

        Would dearly love a copy of those demos. Saw ACT countless times in Nottm in late 80s. Never got the recognition they deserved.

  4. Vince says:

    Dave Giles, AC Temple’s first singer, never gets the recognition he deserves. He was a founder member but left before the band released anything. I’ve known Dave since we went to the same secondary school in Gloucester in 1974. I still know him, he was my best man. He now goes by the name Ted and lives in Brixton and designs websites. Top bloke. By the way, I’m not the Vince from A Witness although we share the same name. But we used to know each other through Ted/Dave. AC Temple, A Witness and The Membranes were all part of the same group of mates. Anyone know where Vince Hunt is now? Another name was a bloke called Shend who produced some early AC Temple demos. He once had a small part in an episode of Men Behaving Badly. Pop trivia.

    1. Vince, Shend as in the Very Things?

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