After the Fire (or ATF) is a British rock band that progressed from playing progressive rock to New Wave over their initial 12 year career while having only one hit in the United States ("Der Kommissar") and one hit in the United Kingdom ("One Rule for You").
The first version of 80-f was turned down by CBS resulting in the in the early departure of Botherhood. The band, now with Pete King (formerly of the Flys) on drums, were assigned a new producer who re-worked some of the original album tracks and re-visited tracks that had been left off Laser Love. Neither singles charted in the UK but 1980-f gained popularity, like the band, in Europe.
Batteries Not Included, was released in the 1982 to little fanfare and the singles received little UK airplay. They came back into the U.K. spotlight when their English-language cover of Austrian musician Falco's song, "Der Kommissar", rocketed in to the U.S. top ten in 1983, though it only just made the top fifty in the United Kingdom. This was followed by the release of their first and only U.S. album, ATF, a compilation of their UK albums.
Piercy started working on the album, Free Heat (a play on words - After The Fire with the letters RIFT missing), and released the rerecorded single "Dancing In The Shadows" which charted in the U.S. The album was scheduled to be the first CD release by CBS, but although complete, was never released.
Banks went on to build his own studio before becoming managing director of Maldon Computer Company, a software and networking enterprise. Russell worked in a music shop following the split and later was involved in youth work, while Piercy became a record producer. King, who joined the German Rockband BAP in 1986, died of testicular cancer in 1987. Twidell (as Iva Twydell) released two solo albums after leaving the band (Secret Service and Duel, released in 1981 and 1982 respectively), and then became a police officer. Battle became a successful songwriter/producer/ A&R man.
In 2005, they re-worked and released the song "One Rule" for Trade Justice, a new recording of their 1979 U.K. hit. They released the second track from the current line up, "Forged from Faith", as a digital download in October 2005.
In January 2007, Keith Smith's departure from the group was announced. The vocals at their first gig in Harrow after Keith's departure were handled by Pete Banks and John Russell and gave the band an "authentic" vocal style. Before Keith's departure, there had been plans to re-enter the recording studio. In May 2008, the band announced the arrival of Tim Turner as drummer, fresh from Titian Red.
|1978||Signs of Change||-||-|
|1982||Batteries Not Included||-||-|
|2004||Signs of Change (special edition)||-||-|
|2005||Der Kommissar - The CBS Recordings||-||-|
|2005||Live at Greenbelt||-||-|
|1979||Life in the City||-||-|
|1979||"One Rule For You"||40||-|
|1979||"Life in the City"||-||-|
|1980||"Love Will Always Make You Cry"||-||-|
|1980||"Wild West Show"||-||-|
|1981||"Dancing in the Shadows"||-||-|
|1983||"Dancing in the Shadows"||-||85|
|1983||"8 Ball in the Top Pocket"||-||-|
|2005||"One Rule (For Trade Justice)"||-||-|
|2005||"Forged From Faith"||-||-|
|2004||"You Had To Be There" Live at Greenbelt 2004 Cat no 985900-4 ROUGHMIX Ltd|
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