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Formed in Scotland in 1979, APB were a post-punk trio blending edgy guitars with funk and new wave sounds. The band had many early '80s alternative radio and rock dance club hits including "Shoot You Down", "Rainy Day" and "Palace Filled with Love."

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"Something to Believe In" was originally issued in 1985 by New York-based Link Records, the ten-song title was perceived at the time to be APB's debut album although it was actually a compilation drawn from the band's previous eight independent singles. The band's 1981 debut single, "Chain Reaction," is now added as a bonus track to the vinyl release, while that song and an additional five tracks will appear on the expanded edition CD. "Danceability" will appear in its original mix on the vinyl LP, while the CD will feature the song in its extended "Danceability Parts 1 & 2" form.

"When I bought the second APB single, 'Shoot You Down,' I was blown away by the pure energy and sparse funk groove that drove the record," said Matt Pinfield, former host of MTV's 120 Minutes. "Over the course of the next few years, I saw the band live about 15 times. They would always pack clubs in New York, New Jersey, and Long Island -- anywhere they received airplay." In 2018's Beastie Boy Book, band member Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz referred to "Shoot You Down" as a "punk dance-floor classic."

In 2022, APB remains an active touring band which includes original members Slater, Roberts and Cheyne. Over the decades, APB's sparse, rhythmic sound has influenced everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Franz Ferdinand. A new generation is primed to make their acquaintance.

APB are:

Iain Slater-Vocals, Bass
Glenn Roberts-Guitar
George Cheyne-Drums

Track list:

  1. shoot you down
  2. talk to me
  3. palace filled with love
  4. rainy day
  5. one day
  6. summer love
  7. something to believe in
  8. so many broken hearts
  9. what kind of girl?
  10. danceability parts 1 & 2
  11. chain reaction
  12. power crisis
  13. all your life with me
  14. from you and back to you
  15. help yourself *
  16. is the music loud enough?