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This Heat is the debut studio album by English experimental rock band This Heat. Recorded between 1976 and 1978, it was released in September 1979 by record label Piano.[1]

This Heat
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ReleasedSeptember 1979
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AllMusic     [2]

In a contemporary review for NME, Andy Gill wrote: "For much of This Heat's album, it's difficult and at times impossible to decipher which instrument is playing what. This is some indication of their intentions, and the way This Heat set about realising those intentions."[5] Vivien Goldman, writing in Melody Maker, remarked that This Heat "takes you to ten movies in the space of a one-year-old album".[6] NME listed it as the 35th best album of 1979.[7]


Retrospectively, Dean McFarlane of AllMusic wrote: "There are very few records that can be considered truly important, landmark works of art that produce blueprints for an entire genre. In the case of this album, it's clear that this seminal work was integral in shaping the genres of post-punk, avant rock and post-rock, and like all great influential albums, it seemed it had to wait two decades before its contents could truly be fathomed."[2] Peter Marsh of BBC Music called it "one of the strongest and strangest debut records of all time. Seemingly born out of the fervent experimentalism of the UK post-punk scene, This Heat's beautifully skewed mix of improvisation, lo-fi tapework and stretched, ghostly songform actually had more in common with maverick longhairs like Henry Cow and Faust. [...] The music here seethes with an economy, invention and power that still shocks a quarter of a century on."[8] Steven Grant of Trouser Press wrote: "Though insolent and withdrawn, the music is adventurous and, in its own peculiar way, engrossing."[9]

Pitchfork included the song "24 Track Loop" on their list of the "Greatest 500 Songs from Punk to the Present".[10]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Testcard" – 0:47
  2. "Horizontal Hold" – 6:56
  3. "Not Waving" – 7:26
  4. "Water" – 3:10
  5. "Twilight Furniture" – 5:06
  6. "24 Track Loop" – 5:57
  7. "Diet of Worms" – 3:09
  8. "Music Like Escaping Gas" – 3:40
  9. "Rainforest" – 2:55
  10. "The Fall of Saigon" – 5:10
  11. "Testcard" – 4:09


  • Charles Bullen – vocals, guitar, clarinet, drums and tapes
  • Charles Hayward – vocals, drums, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar and tapes
  • Gareth Williams – vocals, bass guitar, keyboards and tapes


  1. ^ "This Heat announce three vinyl reissues- The Wire". Retrieved 2015-09-08.
  2. ^ a b McFarlane, Dean. "This Heat – This Heat". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  3. ^ Sherburne, Philip (26 January 2016). "This Heat: This Heat / Health and Efficiency / Deceit". Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  4. ^ Bonner, Michael (17 March 2016). "This Heat – This Heat/Health & Efficiency/Deceit reissued". Uncut. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  5. ^ Gill, Andy (8 September 1979). "This Heat: This Heat (Piano)". NME. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  6. ^ Goldman, Vivien (1 September 1979). "This Heat: This Heat (Piano Records)". Melody Maker. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year for 1979 –". NME. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  8. ^ Marsh, Peter (2006). "BBC – Music – Review of This Heat – This Heat". BBC Music. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  9. ^ Grant, Steven. " :: This Heat". Trouser Press. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  10. ^ Schreiber, Ryan; Plagenhoef, Scott, eds. (1 November 2008). The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present. Pitchfork.

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