The Durutti Column  

From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search

Related e



Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Durutti Column are an English post-punk band formed in 1978 in Manchester, England, taking their name from the Durruti Column, a militia group of the Spanish Civil War.

The band is a project of guitarist and occasional pianist Vini Reilly who is often accompanied by Bruce Mitchell on drums and Keir Stewart on bass, keyboards and harmonica. They were among the first acts signed to Factory Records by label founder Tony Wilson.


Primary recordings

  • The Return of the Durutti Column (Factory FACT 14, 1980 – original LP sleeve made of sandpaper – 1996 CD issue has same tracklisting and running order as the original sandpaper sleeve 'B1' and later black sleeve 'B3' vinyl pressings (and is missing the extra track from the black sleeve 'B2' LP release) (#7)
  • Lips that would kiss EP (FAC BN 2-005, 1980)
  • LC (Factory FACT 44, 1981) (#12)
  • Deux Triangles EP (Factory Benelux FBN10, 1982)
  • Another Setting (Factory FACT 74, 1983 – all CD issues have incorrect track listings) (#4)
  • Amigos Em Portugal (Fundação Atlântica, 1983 – reissued on CD by Kooky in 2005) (#11)
  • Without Mercy (Factory FACT 84, 1984) (#8)
  • Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say EP (Factory FAC 114, 1985 – added to CD issues of Without Mercy) (#5)
  • Circuses and Bread (Factory Benelux FACD 154, 1986 – reissued in 1993 with new artwork on Les Disques Du Crepuscule, titled "Bread and Circuses") (Reissued on LTM in 2008 with original artwork and 9 'bonus' tracks LTMCD 2510)(#11)
  • The City of Our Lady (Factory Fac 184/A, 1986) with Debi Diamond (#46)
  • Greetings Three EP (Materiali Sonori MASO 70003)
  • The Guitar and Other Machines (Factory FACT 204, 1987 – also available as the first commercially released pre-recorded DAT) (#13)
  • Vini Reilly (Factory FACT 244, 1989) (#5) – reissued in 2011 as a double CD by Kookydisc, featuring an extra 9 track disc of previously unissued demos and sketches.
  • Obey the Time (Factory FACT 274, 1990)
  • Sex and Death (Factory Too/London, 1994)
  • Fidelity (Les Disques Du Crepuscule, 1996)
  • Time was Gigantic ... When we Were Kids (Factory Too/London, 1998)
  • Rebellion (Artful CD40, 2001)
  • Someone Else's Party (Artful CD49, 2003)
  • Tempus Fugit (Kooky kookydisc019. 2004)
  • Heaven Sent (It was called digital. It was Heaven sent) (F4, 2005 – six tracks, download only)
  • Keep Breathing (Artful CD52, 2006)
  • Idiot Savants (Artful CD62, 2007)
  • Sunlight to Blue ... Blue to Blackness (Kooky kookydisc027, 2008)
  • Treatise on the Steppenwolf OST (LTM CD2518, 2008) (incidental music to theatre performance – mostly reworkings of recent material)
  • Love in the Time of Recession (Artful CD64, 2009)
  • A Paean To Wilson (Kooky, kookydisc 29/1 & 29/2, 2009 mail order, 2010 retail)
  • Chronicle (Kooky, 2011)

Secondary recordings

  • Short Stories for Pauline (FBN36) – Despite being given a catalogue number, this album was not released. The tracks are now shared between the 'Lips That Would Kiss' compilation and the LTM reissue of Circuses and Bread. 1983.
  • The Sporadic Recordings (TTTTTTTTT CD, 1989 – demos and unreleased material – credited to Vini Reilly, not DC)
  • Dry (Materiali Sonori, 1991 – collection of previously unreleased mid and late 80's material)
  • Red Shoes (Materiali Sonori, 1992 – collection of previously unreleased mid 80's material and Greetings Three EP)
  • Return of the Sporadic Recordings (Kooky, 2002 – double CD – abridged reissue of above 1989 Sporadic title with new disc of rare and previously unreleased material)
  • Sporadic Three (Kooky, 2007 – another CD release of rare and previously unreleased material)

Live recordings

  • Live At The Venue (VU, 1983 – recorded in the UK, 1983 – original vinyl ltd. to 4000 copies – reissued on CD in 2004)
  • Domo Arigato (live) (Factory FACT 144, 1985 – recorded in Japan 4/85 – the first pop compact-disc only release)
  • One Night In New York (US ROIR – cassette only release in 1987, CD issued in 1993 – CD reissue in 1999 re-titled "A Night In New York" with bonus track but mistakes in track listing)
  • Live in Bruxelles 13 August 1981 (LTM CD 2008, including radio interview with Vini Reilly)


  • Valuable Passages (Factory FACT 164 UK/Relativity US, 1986 – double LP, single CD)
  • The First Four Albums (Factory, 1988 – 4 CD set of Return Of, LC, Another Setting and Without Mercy/Say What You Mean... – Return Of disc matches the full 10 tracks of the 'B2' black sleeve vinyl pressing, rather than the 9 tracks of the original sandpaper sleeve 'B1' or later black sleeve 'B3' LP pressings)
  • Lips That Would Kiss (Factory Benelux CD, 1991 – early 80's single and compilation tracks with previously unreleased material)
  • The Best Of The Durutti Column (WEA UK, 2004 – double CD)
  • Four Factory Records (Kooky – 6CD box set of first four Factory albums plus two discs of demo & live material – limited edition of 1175 copies, August 2009)
  • The Durutti Column 2001–2009 (Fullfill, November 2009 – 5CD box set of the Artful albums)

Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "The Durutti Column" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools