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Punishment of Luxury

Punishment of Luxury return to Leeds to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their debut album 'Laughing Academy' released on the 7th September, 1979.


Taking their name from an 1891 painting by Giovanni Segantini displayed in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Punishment of Luxury are an unorthodox art-punk band who have been favourably compared to XTC, Roxy Music and Killing Joke and known for quirky live shows. They formed in December 1976 in Newcastle, releasing their debut single, "Puppet Life" on the Small Wonder label in July 1978. In 1979 they signed to United Artists and released the singles "Engine Of Excess" and "Secrets", and the album 'Laughing Academy' . They were one of the highlights of 1979's Reading Festival, playing after The Cure and before The Tourists and Motorhead. The band also recorded 2 John Peel sessions.

The original line-up split in 1980 and the remaining members Neville Luxury, Brian Bond, and Jimi Giro recruited new members and changed the band name to Punilux. They released a further album on the Red Rhino label, 7 in 1983, before a final split.

In 2007 they reunited and played a few songs for the bassist Jimi Giro's 50th birthday party. They have played occasional shows since then, originally coming back to and they also released a new album '5'.

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Friday 6th September 2019

Price: £13 adv

Doors 19:30

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