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Apartment were an English post-punk band formed in Bristol, UK in late 1978. Fronted by Alan Griffiths -Vocals/Guitar, with Emil Joachim on Drums and Richard White playing Bass. They appeared on Heartbeat Records 1979 seminal 'Avon Calling' Bristol Compilation album with the track 'The Alternative'. In early 1980 they released a double A-sided single 'The Car / 'Winter' also on Heartbeat. They were later joined by Steve Street from Europeans on Bass. The band split up in summer 1980, and Alan Griffiths (with Emil) would later go on to form The Escape, whilst Steve Street continued his production work and briefly joined Bath band Interview. The Escape signed to Phonogram Records & in late 1983 toured as a support act for Tears For Fears. Alan Griffiths later went on to tour with Tears For Fears as a guitarist on their 1985 Big Chair world tour. Following Curt Smith's departure from Tears For Fears in 1990, Alan Griffiths became Roland Orzabal's new musical partner and co-wrote, co-produced, and performed on the TFF albums Elemental (1993) and Raoul and the Kings of Spain (1995), as well as Orzabal's 2001 solo album Tomcats Screaming Outside. He also co-wrote Heavenly (Good Feeling) for the Seal album, Seal IV, released in 2003. In 2009, Bristol Archive Records released a downloadable album by Apartment called House of Secrets. In September 2010, two Apartment tracks "Broken Glass" & "The Retrospect" (the latter recorded when The Escape) were included on the CD release of "Avon Calling 2" released by Bristol Archive Records. In February 2014, two Apartment tracks "The Car" & "Winter" were included on the CD release of "The Best of Heartbeat Records" released by Bristol Archive Records. Two years later "House of Secrets" album was released on CD including a 16-page booklet, with liner notes written by former music journalist and music publishing A&R executive Dave Massey, by Bristol Archive Records. Sadly, Alan Griffiths died on 23 March 2017 after a short illness. A tribute by Dave Massey to him is at http://bristolarchiverecords.com/blog/ He also wrote an obituary that appeared in The Guardian print edition and online. A posthumous live album 'Live in Bristol 1980' compiled by Dave Massey from recordings held in his archive is released online in September 2019 via bristolarchiverecords.com. A video of the lead-off track 'Living Like This' is now viewable on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJtN0b8Csp0
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