(1977-1978) David Reilly
When David first started out, he recorded his song-based albums under his own name before becoming known as Sombre Reptiles in December 1980. He reverted to his own name for subsequent anthologies.
It Can Only Get Better (1978), contains David’s first attempts at song-writing. Long since deleted, the opening instrumental track “First Declension” appears on the “Anthology 1977-2001” 2CD set and was also reworked 25 years after the initial September 1977 recording for “Ampersand” in 2002.
1977 – It Can Only Get Better
1978 – Requiem For A TV Game
The Hero’s Quest
And The World Turns On
Cheap Flights To Anywhere
Reporting To Remote Control
2001 – Anthology 1977-1981
Anthology 1977-2001 (2CD)
2008 – Anthology 1977-2007 Vols 1-10
(1977 – 1981) David Reilly
Between September 1977 and 1981, David recorded a number of experimental electronic instrumental albums under the pseudonym DDHR.
“The Drone Effect”‘s title track consisted of one note played for 30 minutes with varying changes in frequency. It was often used to send people off to sleep at 4 in the morning at parties.
As the title suggests, “Munchen Musik” was recorded in Munich and, like AMF (also recorded in Germany but this time near Kassel) it’s mainly piano based.
Extracts from “The Drone Effect” and “AMF” appear on the “Anthology” 2CD set.
1978 – The Drone Effect
Android Jam (w/The Noise)
1979 – Munchen Musik
1980 – Running Away
1981 – Treatment and Design
1984 – Possibility Soundtracks Vol 2
(1978) David Reilly/Dennis “Dood” Hamilton/Fred Hessler
David was heavily influenced by his best schoolfriend at the time, Dood Hamilton. Dood started writing his own country tinged songs around 1975/6 influenced by the Eagles and Neil Young. Heartband had no drummer just Dood and Fred on acoustics and David on very basic bass. But David did occasionally use knitting needles and Tupperware boxes as percussion. Stand outs were early covers of Young’s “Like A Hurricane” and Jonathon Richman’s “Egyptian Reggae”. Much of the material was
recorded with one microphone in Dood’s mum’s front room.
1978 – Heartband Heartband
(1978) David Reilly/Dennis Gurr/Desmond Gurr
In the summer of 1978, David joined up with the Gurr brothers to form a guitar, bass and drums trio playing mostly David’s compositions. The band would play on occasional Sunday afternoons at a Mental Institution near Edinburgh much to the delight of the patients.
1978 – Berlin Berlin
(1978-1979) David Reilly/Dennis Gurr/Dennis Hamilton/Desmond Gurr
This was Berlin with an extra guitarist as David brought Dood in. The band played around the Edinburgh area and the setlists now included some of Dood’s songs along with a memorable version of Hawkwind’s “Silver Machine”.
The group would rehearse at a local Church Hall every Sunday. The “Sven Diamond” album was recorded direct to cassette during these rehearsals. The Cross Keys set was played to a packed audience in Dalkeith and was Dood’s last gig with the band. Essentially an audience recording bootleg.
1978 – Sven Diamond
1979 – Cross Keys Live
(1979) David Reilly/Dennis Gurr/Angus Bolton/Desmond Gurr
With the departure of Dennis Hamilton, guitarist Gus Bolton was recruited and the band took on a harder sound. Gus was a veteran of local punk band The Noise. The songs became shorter, louder and faster.
“Around The Sound” (1979) was recorded during rehearsal sessions, this album captured Spring 1979 perfectly.
1979 – Around The Sound
(1979-1980 / 2011-Present) David Reilly/Ann Park/Jim Park/Angus Bolton/Eric Merrill/Jamie Frain/Keith Apter/Nicky Hind/Andy Wilson
Kicks split up at the start of the summer of 1979 and David formed a new trio with college friend Ann Park on electric violin and her brother Jim on drums.
After a couple of rehearsals, David went to Munich for the summer. On his return he formed a new trio with Gus Bolton and another ex-Noise member, Eric Merrill.
After getting a set of new songs together, David re-recruited Jim Park on drums.
To allow him to concentrate on vocals, Jim’s friend Jamie Frain was brought in on bass.
The band took its name form a shop in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and started gigging in January 1980. By March however, Jim and Eric had left and been replaced by Keith Apter and Nicky Hind respectively.
In May 1980, David added synth to the musical line-up and Nicky left leaving a four piece.
The quartet gigged around Scotland until August when David left to live near Kassel, Germany for a year. Gus and Jamie were joined from Pure Bears by singer Kenny McLeod and drummer Donald Mitchell to form Ritual Dance.
“The Sweet Thrill..” was recorded on to two track reel to reel at Eric’s house in January 1980 after the initial five-piece had played just one gig.
“Breaking Silence” was a 6 song EP recorded in May 1980 by the second quintet line-up while “Maskless” was a collection of rehearsal and live recordings showcasing the final quartet.
The Anthology was put together in 2002 for Jamie’s 40th birthday and contains every song the Models ever played apart from their cover of the Who’s “Substitute” which was never recorded.
In early 2011, the final quartet reformed, with the possibility of playing live dates and writing new material. They were subsequently joined by Jim Park.
In 2012, David, Jamie and Keith performed live again as Capital Models, performing their take on a wide range of cover versions and introducing the annual Xapital Models Xmas Covers night.
In 2013, the second annual Capital Models Xmas Covers gig took place in December.
In 2014, the Capital Models Easter Extravaganza was planned for April – with the group set to perform some of their original repertoire live for the first time in almost 35 years. This was cancelled due to the tragic and untimely death of Jamie Frain on 21 March….
1979 – Early Tapes
1980 – Live Vol 1
The Sweet Thrill Of Industry
Live Vol 2
Live Vol 3
2002 – Anthology
(1980-1996) David Reilly
Whilst living in Germany David decided to give himself a “band” persona and, from a shortlist of Brian Eno song titles, the name Sombre Reptiles was chosen.
In all, David released 35 albums under this name from Love/War/Travel/Etc in December 1980 to Starcrossfix in December 1995 before becoming the Cloudland Blue Quartet in the summer of 1996. Albums were recorded using multitracking and programing with backing tapes being used for sporadic live dates.
1980 – Love War Travel Etc
1981 – The Value Of Games
Pictures From A Magazine
1982 – The Second Set
The White White Black
Palace Of Truth
River In August
A Kiss and A Smile
1983 – Souvenirs Of Pop
World Of Fire
State Of The Art I & II
1984 – Terra Nostra
Music Is Lethal
1985 – A Study Of Events
1986 – Poppies
The Poppy Party
The Poppies Remix
1987 – Smalltalk
1988 – Birmingham
1989 – 1980 – 1989
1990 – Crispysnatch
1991 – Liverysilver
1992 – Angelspeech
1993 – Songs Of Sombre Reptiles 1
Songs Of Sombre Reptiles 2
1994 – Kernelcrux
Songs Of Sombre Reptiles 3
1995 – Bitter Sweet Covers
Flirten ist ja leicht (Flirting is Easy)
(1980) David Reilly/Edith Baesse/Carsten Tampe/Diedriech Rudolf
Notwithstanding the Sombre Reptiles moniker, David formed a “real” band while living in Germany in 1981.
Taking their name from a magazine headline, Edith Baesse (now a radio DJ in Munich) was the lead singer, Carsten Tampe played guitar and Didi Rudolf featured on bass while David played drums. The material performed was taken from the first two Sombre Reptiles albums, Love/War/Travel/Etc and The Value of Games
1981 – Flirting is Easy
(1981) David Reilly/Jim Park/Anne Fowler
On returning to Edinburgh in the late summer of 1981, David pulled together a five piece line up including girlfriend Anne Fowler on synths and Capital Models’ original drummer Jim Park. David played bass and two other members on guitar and saxophone respectively completed the line up (their names are lost to antiquity…). The band never gigged but produced enough material for one album including versions of songs from Sombre Reptiles’ Pictures From A Magazine album. Songs written with this line up also appeared on Sombre Reptiles last 1981 album, For You.
1981 – Social Cue
(1981-1982) David Reilly/Anne Fowler/Jeff Foster
After Social Cue came to nothing, David andd Anne teamed up with drummer Jeff Foster in a band that sound a little like New Orde. However, David was unwilling to accomodate Jeff’s love of reggae style drumming and the trio split amicably.
1982 – Iceberg
(1981-1982) David Reilly/Andy Learmonth/Jeff Foster
In the winter of 1981/82, David joined punk band Last Uprising to play keyboards on their live dates. No recordings of the band exist in David’s archive.
DDHR & Keith Apter
(1982) David Reilly/Keith Apter
David got together again with second Capital Models drummer, Keith Apter in the Spring of 1982 and they recorded one album of persussion and synth music which was received rather well in David’s adopted home from home, Germany.
1982 – Possibility Soundtracks
(1982-1983) David Reilly/Alan Brodie/George Coleman/Anne Reilly/Keith Apter/Kenny MacLeod
Originally a four piece featuring David, old schoolfriend Alan Brodie and wife Anne Reilly (nee Fowler) on keyboards and ex-Pure Bears bassist, George Coleman, Disco Complex was formed to peform a one-off gig of cover versions of songs by the likes of David Essex, Gary Glitter, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Magazine and Roxy Music. The band stayed together however writing their own material (some of which appeared also on Sombre Reptiles’ A Kiss and a Smile). Keith Apter joined on percussion with ex-Ritual Dance and Pure Bears singer Kenny McLeod added on guitar and joint lead vocals. The band eventually drifted apart in the summer of 1983.
1982 – Live
1983 – Colonnades
(1983-1985) David Reilly/Alan Brodie
Around the time Disco Complex split up, David was performing gigs in Edinburgh as Sombre Reptiles using backing tapes. Alan Brodie joined him onstage briefly at one performance and the two decided to form a pop duo writing, recording and performing together from September ’83 for a year. After a short break they reconvened to write the difficult second album but to no avail. The duo recorded one more album of ambient music in early 1986 before changing their name to Boom!
1984 – Half The Civilised World
1986 – Six Pieces
(1984) David Reilly/Malcolm Logan/Davy Weddell
David had known Malcolm Logan for a number of years, regularly contributing exclusive tracks to Malcolm’s cassette fanzine The Plateaux Phase and recording Malcolm’s band, Acoustic Youth. The two got together to write and record an album under the name Charnelhouse with Josef K bassist Davy Weddell.
1986 – Charnelhous
Dancers Of San Martino
(1984-1987) David Reilly/Alan Brodie/Stewart Robinson/Bobby Gillies
David formed The Dancers of San Martino with Stewart Robinson (aka Peri Urban) and brought Alan Brodie into the band along with some of the aborted Love Parade material. Meanwhile, Stewart brought in Bob Gillies from their previous band M.A.O….
1984 – Tape Loops
1985 – Phase Two
The Dancers Of San Martino 1915
1986 – Phase V
1987 – The Dancers Of San Martino 1987
(1986-1998) David Reilly/Alan Brodie
1994 – Music For Zoobabaloo
1998 – Pop Culture
The Heavenly Music Corporation
(1986-1995) David Reilly
1986 – Variations
1989 – Clear Cold Morning
The Squirrel Cage
1993 – Cloudland Blue
1994 – Taormina
1995 – Room A201
The Moveable Sky
Call Me Clive
(1986-1991) David Reilly/Malcolm Logan/Steven Moffat/Phil Green/Nick Aldridge/Charlie Dootson
1987 – Studio & Live Vol 1
1988 – Studio & Live Vol 2
Studio & Live Vol 3
1989 – Moray House Live
Calton Studios Live
(1992-1998) David Reilly/Malcolm Logan/Alan Brodie/Charlie Dootson/Steven Moffat/Gerry Fleming
1994 – A Death Junkie’s Last Peep Show
1998 – We Live The Foreigner’s Life
2002 – The Reptile Tapes (4CD)
Cloudland Blue Quartet
(1996-Present) David Reilly
1996 – Events One and Two
Events Three and Four
Live Overview 90-96
1997 – Gold Leaf Deep Red
Flitterkram! Fripp & Eno
Over The Blue And Gold
Bolivia April Three
Jaffa Cake April Tutu
Songs Of Sombre Reptiles 4
1998 – April To Wait A Tick
Grace & Lightness & Slow Motion 93-98
The Respect Of Sheer Inertia 90-98
A Nice Job Small Town – Songs 86-98
1999 – Betonmusik
Reinhardt Richter Rosenquist
2000 – After A While – Unplugged 2000
Songs & Soundscapes 1986-2000
2002 – Ampersand
2003 – A Nice Job In A Small Town LP
A Nice Job In A Small Town EP
I Re-Arranged The House EP
Everything You’ve Ever Wanted EP
What On Earth Have We Done EP
File Under Electronica
Ten Twelve Seventeen EP
The Time Of Our Lives EP
Skylines Full Of Cranes EP
Another Happy Day EP
One More Chance EP
Here He Comes EP
Still We Doubt You EP
Souvenir III : 25 Yrs in 63 Mins Unplugged
2004 – Songs Of the Sombre Reptiles V
04 04 04
Souvenir IV : Open House Medley EP
Souvenir V : EdRush Set EP
Souvenir VI : Songs Soundscapes Electronica
Souvenir VII : Recorded Live
Fifty Five Songs (Vols 1-5) Souvenirs VIII-XII
2005 – Love and War EP
The Crocodile Song EP
Half A Lifetime Away EP
Very Small EP
The Gardener EP
Anything But Ill EP
Where Are You EP
The End Of Everything EP
Live at the Roxy (w/ James Jamieson)
Through The Day
2006 – The Acoustic Deeperdown
The Acoustic Ersatzreal
The Best of CBQ 1996-2006
2007 – Souvenir XIII : 01 03 07 EP
Virginia Man EP
Souvenir XIV : 09 06 07 EP
Souvenir XV : 29 07 07 EP
2008 – Souvenir XVI : Ersatzreal Live
Ersatzreal Companion EP #1
Ersatzreal Companion EP #2
rsatzreal Companion EP #3
2009 – Soundingfall
Souvenir XVII: Acoustic Soundingfall
2010 – Splinterheart
Souvenir XVIII : Splinterheart Live
2011 – Aftersilence : Retrospective 1996-2011 (2CD)
The Vendôme EP
2012 – Starlightnight
2013 – Riverleaves
2014 – Morphinecodex
2015 – The Leonard Cohen EP
Dakota Starman EP
2016 – Four Last Things
2017 – Disquietmusik
CBQ & Peri Urban
(1996-1999) David Reilly/Stewart Robinson
1996 – 29.V.96 & 6.VI.96
1997 – 29.V.97 4.VI.97 12.VI.97
1998 – VII.98 VIII.98 X.98 XI.98
1999 – Strata 1-7
6.II.99 & 6.XI.99
(1997-Present) David Reilly/Craig Sutherland/Alan Brodie/Stuart Cobley
1997 – An Acre Of Dreamy Vol 1
An Acre Of Dreamy Vol 2
An Acre Of Dreamy Vol 3
An Acre Of Dreamy Vol 4
1998 – An Acre Of Dreamy Vol 5
An Acre Of Dreamy Vol 6
An Acre Of Dreamy Vol 7
An Acre Of Dreamy Vol 8
1999 – About Death Basically
2004 – Somewhere Between
2007 – 1.0.0 (4CD)