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After an explosive rupture with Dexys Midnight Runners, five visionary men created a fresh start, a powerful new band called The Bureau that immediately recruited two key players from The Upset and then enlisted a jazz trombonist. Blythe, Spooner, Stoker, Williams and Talbot, plus Brown, Jones and Taylor, rattled the rafters of a derelict night club with a battery of new songs and went howling through Holland in February 1981.

By August they were touring the US with The Pretenders. (continued below)

The Bureau live at The Sound Bar, Birmingham, UK - Save Me.

(continued) Dealings with WEA were not smooth, and The Bureau's first album was easy to find in Australia and North America but unavailable in Britain.     After a couple of other tours, financial treachery forced the band to stand down

Late in 2002, Ian Jennings saw Archie Brown perform with his band, The Young Bucks. Being a great fan of The Bureau, he quizzed him about it over too much beer. Tracking down Taylor on the web, he got another thumbs-up, and began a trail of detection that led to a reunion in March 2003 at The Magnesia Bank in North Shields. Only Stoker, busy producing film music in California, was absent.

In March 2005, WEA re-issued the long-lost album. There were two ecstatic launch gigs, at the Glee Club in Birmingham and Borderline in London. Crispin Taylor ably replaced Stoker on drums.

Nostalgia is one thing, but something else was stirred up by this re-creation. Defying geography, let alone history, The Bureau started to work on new songs, with Geoff Blythe flying from New York, and music and musicians flitting between London, Birmingham, Penzance and Newcastle.

In 2008 a brand new Bureau album was born, wrily dubbed "...And Another Thing". The old fire is still there, now coloured and boosted with all the travails and travels of the intervening quarter of a century.

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Paul Taylor
Geoff Blythe (tenor sax) was a founding member of Dexy's Midnight Runners. In 1984, he became a member of the TKO Horns, touring and recording "Punch the Clock" with Elvis Costello. Other TKO recording sessions included Difford & Tilbrook, The Fixx, Nick Lowe and many others. After a stint with London-based EMI recording band The Neighbourhood, Geoff moved to New York, where for the past 18 years he has been a member of the celtic rock band Black 47, often referred to as New York City's house band. Other credits have included music for TV and film, Off-Broadway and classical compositions, and musical appearances in two major motion pictures, "The Saint of Fort Washington" and "Looking for an Echo".
Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor (trombone) has been gigging, touring and recording with jazz, African, Latin and other bands for decades, especially with Three Mustaphas Three, The Pogues, Roland Perrin's Blue Planet Orchestra, and Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath with Archie Shepp. After creating a pioneering trombone trio, The Blowpipes, his latest project is trombone poetry: solo performances of improvised music and original poetry. He is also on the road with Roberto Pla's Latin Ensemble, Manteca, and Snowboy & The Latin Section.
Archie Brown
Archie Brown (vocals) has been recording and playing with The Young Bucks since 1985, mainly in the North East. He also has an alter ego, producing TV music for BBC2 and CBeebies, notably Something Special and Barnaby Bear
Archie Brown
Mick Talbot (keyboards) was in The Style Council with Paul Weller from 1983-89. In the first half of the 90's he featured with The Young Disciples and Galliano. Since then a variety of live and recorded work has ensued for various artists, including dipping in and out of the Hammond organ post for Jools Holland's Band, with television, stage and studio appearances over the past 10 years. Currently he is playing with Candi Staton.
Archie Brown
Pete Williams (bass) formed and fronted These Tender Virtues through 1984-89. He has since worked with excluded pupils and young offenders and written scores for animators and filmakers, and been musical director for various theatre and dance productions. He toured the ICA-commissioned Teratoma Show and in 2003 he was invited to record a new single and perform as co-vocalist on the acclaimed Dexys "To Stop the Burning" tour. Pete regularly performs solo and with his band and is often seen as special guest at Birmingham's Candybox Burlesque..
Archie Brown
Crispin "The Pump" Taylor's deluxe drumming has propelled various bands. Credits include: Galliano, Urban Species, Definition Of Sound, Carleen Anderson, Mather, Rueben Wilson, Charles Earland, Leon Ware, Dexys 2003 reunion tour, Zero 7, Marva Whitney, Marlena Shaw, The Funk Brothers, and, currently, Candi Staton.


When the music biz gave up on The Bureau, Steve Spooner (alto sax) gave up on the music biz, and had to be traced by small ads in newspapers. Somewhere in Cornwall, he dusted off his sax to gear up for the gigs in 2005, and contributed to some of the new recordings.

Robert Jones (guitar) has been working in the film industry since leaving The Bureau. He recently spent four years running the UK Film Council's Premiere Fund and went on to form Material Entertainment, a production and distribution company. He managed to spare the time to play on the reunion gigs and on part of the new album.

Stoker's (drums) work schedule, and the fact that he lives and works in California, unfortunately meant that a 100% reunion, though tantalizingly close, was not to be. He sends his blessings.

The Bureau - Geoff Blythe, Paul Taylor, Crispin Tyalor, Archi Brown, Mick talbot, Pate Williams
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