At once too punk to be prog, and too prog to be punk, late-1970’s/early 1980’s London experimental band This Heat released two albums and promptly and unceremoniously fell through the cracks, remembered only as another band in a long career for three musicians of middleweight pedigree in the thriving UK progressive rock scene of the 1970’s. Although This Heat was influential (within a certain radius of the experimental prog/jazz scene), the two albums the group left behind hardly kept the royalties flowing, even enjoying occasional collector status due to intermittent availability.
This is a shame, because This Heat might just be the best band you’ve never heard.
Eventually, Recommended Records imprint This Is did the right thing, reissuing the entire recorded works of This Heat as Out of Cold Storage in 2006. And what resulted, a remastered edition of 1981’s cleverly-titled Deceit (try saying “This Heat” with a thick Cockney accent, squire), turned out to be not only the missing link between the heady Krautrock scene of mid-70’s Germany and the post-punk revolution of 1980’s London, but also a nightmarish time-capsule/Cold War cautionary tale.