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Somewhere In The Foreign Office

Somewhere In The Foreign Office
Somewhere In The Foreign Office... was the name of a musical group formed in Cambridge, UK in 1983 which played in public about 20 times over a 3 year period and numbered variously 10 - 15 members. This band never made it onto vinyl though many demos, live recordings and even a video exist (see below). A number of concerts were played on RAF and USAF bases. These were booked by a local promoter, John Gammon "Ham Acts" (geddit?), and would be billed as "..a top London salsa band..". The highlight was a mini-tour of Scotland. In order to afford to transport and pay 9 musicians, it proved necessary to forego the comfort of hotels and the band stayed at local camp sites instead. The night Somewhere In The Foreign Office played to the air crew and support staff of the USAF strategic air command at RAF Lossiemouth, the band stayed at the Findhorn community.

To say that Chris Morris is, by far and away, the most famous (infamous?) ex-member of Somewhere In The Foreign Office would be putting it too mildly. Chris' subsequent career in broadcasting has taken him to stratospheric heights of public exposure - the furore caused by his ..Brass Eye.. spoof documentary on paedophilia dominated the front pages of most UK national newspapers for several days in July 2001. During the entire hoo-ha Chris, characteristically, was nowhere to be seen. We applaud him for that and for his unerring ability to poke hypocrisy in the eye. And it looks like he's just done it again! This time it's his movie "Four Lions", a comedy about bumbling, inept jihadists. For those interested, Lucian Randall has written an excellent biography of Chris Morris: "Disgusting Bliss: The Brass Eye of Chris Morris". Chris Morris joined Somewhere In The Foreign Office from the Exploding Hamsters to play bass and toured Scotland in the mini-bus (see above). He also wrote "Blind Date" which was played live frequently and which was decently demoed at Spaceward Studios.

The complete line-up of Somewhere in the Foreign Office in the 1980's was variously. Vocals - Jane Edwards, Steve Breeze, Guitars - Jon Harris, Mark Graham, Steve Webb, Bruce Cameron. Bass - Chris Hopkins, Chris Morris. Drums - Richard Dixon, Chris Mann, Tony Shepherd. Brass - Kevin Flanagan, Neil Blacknall, Paul Dias, Phillip Dias. Percussion, foh sound & wheels - Zop

Somewhere in the Foreign Office... demo: 'Highlife Style', 'Love Song', 'Alimony Samba', '(He's Our Man Down) Montego Bay', 'A Quick Shuffle' 07/05/83 engineered by Gary Lucas produced by Mark Graham

Somewhere in the Foreign Office... demo: 'Running Out Of Time', 'Blind Date', 'On Blue Paper' engineered & produced by Mark Graham

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