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Apartment were an English post-punk band formed in Bristol, UK in late 1978. Fronted by Alan Griffiths -Vocals/Guitar, with Emil Joachim on Drums and Richard White playing Bass.[1] They appeared on Heartbeat Records 1979 seminal 'Avon Calling' Bristol Compilation album with the track 'The Alternative'.[2] In early 1980 they released a double A-sided single 'The Car / 'Winter'[3] also on Heartbeat. They were later joined by Steve Street from Europeans on Bass.

Apartment-Bristol 1979
Background information
OriginBristol, UK
Years active1978–1980
Cherry Red
Bristol Archive
Associated actsThe Escape, Tears For Fears, Interview
WebsiteApartment info at Bristol Archive Records
Past membersAlan Griffiths
Richard White
Steve Street

The band split up in summer 1980, and Alan Griffiths (with Emil) would later go on to form The Escape, whilst Steve Street continued his production work and briefly joined Bath band Interview. The Escape signed to Phonogram Records & in late 1983 toured as a support act for Tears For Fears. Alan Griffiths later went on to tour with Tears For Fears as a guitarist on their 1985 Big Chair world tour. Following Curt Smith's departure from Tears For Fears in 1990, Alan Griffiths became Roland Orzabal's new musical partner and co-wrote, co-produced, and performed on the TFF albums Elemental (1993) and Raoul and the Kings of Spain (1995), as well as Orzabal's 2001 solo album Tomcats Screaming Outside. He also co-wrote Heavenly (Good Feeling) for the Seal album, Seal IV, released in 2003.

In 2009, Bristol Archive Records released a downloadable album by Apartment called House of Secrets.[4]

In September 2010, two Apartment tracks "Broken Glass" & "The Retrospect" (the latter recorded when The Escape) were included on the CD release of "Avon Calling 2" released by Bristol Archive Records.[5]

In February 2014, two Apartment tracks "The Car" & "Winter" were included on the CD release of "The Best of Heartbeat Records" released by Bristol Archive Records.

February 2016 "House of Secrets" album was released on CD including a 16-page booklet by Bristol Archive Records.

Sadly, Alan Griffiths died on 23 March 2017 after a short illness. A tribute to him is at




  • ’’The Car’/'Winter’’ (1980, Heartbeat Records, UK, 7", PULSE 7)


  • ’’House Of Secrets’’ (2009, Bristol Archive Records, UK, Download, ARC104) (2016, Bristol Archive Records, CD+Booklet , ARC261CD)
  1. The Car
  2. Winter
  3. The Alternative
  4. Distractions
  5. Shot Down
  6. Broken Glass
  7. Third Floor
  8. I'm X
  9. Poison
  10. Fact Or Fiction
  11. House Of Secrets
  12. Blank Windscreen
  13. Time
  14. Stress Factor
  15. Cruel System

Tracks appear onEdit

  • ’’Avon Calling’’ Bristol Compilation Album (1979, Heartbeat Records, UK, LP, HB 1) ’’The Alternative’’
  • ’’Western Stars – The Bands That Built Bristol (2001, Bristol Archive Records, UK, CD, ARC 001) ’’The Car’’
  • ’’Avon Calling [Reissue + Unreleased Tracks and Heartbeat Singles Collection]'’ (2005, Cherry Red, UK, CD, CDMRED292) '’The Alternative'’ '’Poison'’ '’The Car'’ '’Winter'’
  • '’I'll Give You My Heart I'll Give You My Heart – The Cherry Red Records Singles Collection 1978–1983'’(2008, Cherry Red, UK, 8xCD, CRCD BOX 4) '’The Car'’
  • 'Avon Calling 2'’ (2010, Bristol Archive Records, UK, CD, ARC 160CD) '’Broken Glass'’ "The Retrospect"
  • 'The Best of Heartbeat Records'’ (2014, Bristol Archive Records, UK, CD, ARC 268CD) '’The Car'’ "Winter"
  • '’Avon Calling" CD Re-release (2016, Bristol Archive Records ARC302CD) '’The Alternative'’

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Alan Griffiths writes about Apartment at Bristol Archive Records
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 March 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Apartment at Heartbeat Productions
  3. ^ Ogg, Alex. (2006). No More Heroes – A Complete History of British Punk, Great Britain: Cherry Red Books, p.57-59
  4. ^ House of Secrets at Bristol Archive Records
  5. ^ Bristol Archive Records

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