In the wake of aspiring rock group Unilever (Other Business, May 1994) comes another with a name that betrays a peculiar affinity for industry. Enter Armitage Shanks (or The Shanks, as they sometimes prefer to be known), a four-piece punk band from Kent who released their debut album earlier this year.
Quite why a band should seek to make its bid for stardom under the name of Blue Circle's ceramics subsidiary is a mystery perhaps best left to those acquainted with the strange ways of the music business. Equally as odd is the fact that the album's cover pictures the band with one of their namesake's products. Blue Circle might, understandably, be nonplussed by such an unsolicited form of endorsement - as with the name of the label on which the album appears, Damaged Goods.