No Tune

Andrew Weatherall uses The ‘No’ Tune by Cowboys International, a stylish guitar-led instrumental from 1979, to open his Music’s Not For Everyone radio shows. That guitar line can get stuck in your head for some time. It’s been going round mine since the end of last week.

Cowboys International were a post punk band, synths and guitars, who released one influential album (The Original Sin, 1979) and some singles and split up in 1980. Cowboys International are notable not just for the album but for the members who passed through the ranks. Founder member Ken Lockie started the band with Keith Levene. Former Clash man Terry Chimes/Tory Crimes played the drums. They were joined at different times by former members of Ultravox, Adam And The Ants, The Banned and Boney M. Yes, that Boney M.

The ‘No’ Tune