The Opposition

The Opposition Biography

The Opposition (also known as Opposition) is a long running post-punk "Cold Wave" band from London, England, that featured Ralph Hall, Marcus Bell and Mark Long.

(in the picture: left to right, David Berland, Arnaud Basqunana, Marcus bell, Mark Long, Laurie, Jean Daniel Glorioso, Daniel Jea - during the making of Blinder.)

Founded in 1979, the Opposition released their first single, "Very Little Glory", on the independent record label, Double Vision Records. It was reviewed by the NME and called "a song recorded before its time".[citation needed] The single received some good press and was soon followed by their first album, Breaking the Silence, and a UK and French tour. They then recorded Intimacy, and with the press picking up on the band, they switched from indie and secured a recording contract with Charisma Records, recording Promisesin 1984. A brief tour of the US followed as support act to Thomas Dolby before releasing Empire Days (1985), still with the engineer Kenny Jones joined by John Porter.

The band took a hiatus in 1987, when Bell and Long began working on more commercial-sounding material under the name So. Their album Horseshoe in the Glove yielded a minor US hit with the song "Are You Sure", which, despite receiving a moderate amount of airplay on rock radio and being named an MTV Video of the Week, missed reaching the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #41. After the US experience, and two years touring, the Opposition released the album Blue Alice Blue in 1990, again recorded with Kenny Jones. Moving to Mrs Jones Records, they released War Begins at home in 1994, and Blinder in 2004. - from

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