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It's Immaterial

This pop duo, based in Liverpool, England, first emerged in 1980 with the low-key single ‘Young Man (Seeks An Interesting Job)’. Further independent singles followed, before they enjoyed an unlikely UK chart hit in 1986 with ‘Driving Away From Home (Jim’s Tune)’, and an album with the enduring catch-phrase title of Life’s Hard And Then You Die. Following ‘Eds Funky Diner’ and the impeccably strange ‘Space (He Called From The Kitchen)’, they disappeared from view for some time, before principal duo John Campbell (ex-Yachts) and Jarvis Whitehead re-emerged with a second album for Siren Records in 1990. As before, the music was of a subdued, understated nature, with wry wit in the manner of an indie Pet Shop Boys. Other members of the band included, at various times, Henry Priestman of the Christians, Paul Barlow (drums), Julian Scott (bass), Mick Dempsey (percussion), Brenda Airturo (percussion), Brenda Kenny (percussion) and Gillian Miller (backing vocals).
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Track List: Life's Hard And Then You Die

1. Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune)

2. Happy Talk

3. Rope

4. The Better Idea

5. Space

6. The Sweet Life

7. Festival Time

8. Ed's Funky Diner

9. Hang On Sleepy Town

10. Lullaby

11. Washing The Air

12. Ed's Funky Diner (The Keinholz Caper)

13. Driving Away From Home (I Mean After All It's Only Dead Man's Curve)

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love the white mans hut
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dino5930
play driving away from home jims tune
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Excellent band! With different styles & approaches.W i s h they were here today.If you have'nt done so checkout Ed's funky diner 12"version! fantastic!
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Voted "Best New Artist" in the UK for their their first albumn in 1986, they came out with only one more albumn and then fell off the face of the Earth. Too
damn bad as they are so good. The "Dead Man's Curve mix of Driving Away from Home", "Space" and "Ed's Funky Diner" are unique, eclectic and haunting. I first heard them on San Francisco's LIVE105 Modern Music Hour with Steve Masters.
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I remember WHFS playing songs from It's Immaterial and they were quite good.

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