For A Reason
Political post-punk trio This Heat dissolved at a turbulent time in the UK. Margaret 'The Iron Lady' Thatcher was in power, and her budget-cutting, ultra-conservative influence was felt strongly in-among many other places-the cultural melting pot of Brixton, South London, where This Heat had their origins. Dusting himself off after the collapse of the band in 1982, guitarist / vocalist Charles Bullen united with Julius Samuel to form Lifetones and embraced the sounds of the local West Indian community to fuse reggae flavor to the kind of propulsive, rhythmic, and experimental music made by This Heat. Just six tracks and half an hour long, the album was recorded at Cold Storage studio and released on Bullen's own Tone Of Life Records. It has become a sought-after collector's item that changes hands for hundreds of dollars a time.
Even though This Heat had no commercial success to follow up on, 'For A Reason' was an album created with no intention of hitting the charts. Reissued on Light In The Attic, Lifetones' single album retains a timeless quality and perhaps-on tracks such as 'Good Side' - a futuristic sound that nobody else ever caught up to.LP+ - Very Limited version on swirled pink, green, and mustard coloured vinyl housed in a gatefold Stoughton 'tip-on' jacket plus Download. Rough Trade are the only shop to have this in the UK.LP - Black Vinyl housed in a gatefold Stoughton 'tip-on' jacket plus Download.