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Formed:  North Wales, 1990, by members of THE MARGARETS and HELENA'S BOX. Were the dominant act alongside THE MOISTURE FARMERS in the early 90s. Style: Intelligent cinematic indie sound, influenced by PEARL JAM, but tending towards concept-style writing which many regarded as a little too pretentious. AUTOPARP are wry electronica. Songwriters: group penned. Trivia: Still Life Moving was loosely based on the film Don't Look Now. Paralysis was loosely based on 1984 and Soylent Green amongst other stories.

Recommended: Still Life Moving (*6) / Paralysis (*6)

NICKI FISHER - organ, guitar, vocals / KELLY KENT - guitar, vocals (both ex- THE MARGARETS) / ANDY McKAY - bass, vocals / MICHAEL FOX - drums (both ex-HELENA'S BOX / CATHY CARROW)

Aug '91 (7" - 7RF1) MOSAIC / OLD AND FURRY
Feb '92 (7" - 7RF2) CAR CRASH VICTIM / DEATH IN VENICE
May '92 (lp - ARF1) STILL LIFE MOVING
- STILL LIFE MOVING: Driven / Missed Turning / Night Without End / A Bridge Too Far / Car Crash Victim / Still Life Moving / DEATH IN VENICE: Returning to the Scene of the Crime / The Architect / Mistaken Identity / Death In Venice / Mosaic (cd-iss. Feb '03 - ARF1CD) (cd+=)Old and Furry
Jul '93 (7" - 7RF3) PARALYSIS / NORTH IS SOUTH
Feb '94 (7" - 7RF4) CRAMP / WE DO NOT SEE
Apr '94 (lp - ARF2) (cd - ARF2CD) PARALYSIS
- North is South / And Mother Makes Two / Youth Culture / Shitwork / Who Are We At War With? / Five Minute Hate* / Autumn Trains / Paralysis / They Took Her Away (But She Still Makes Our Dinner) / Normal Service / We Do Not See / Revolver / Cramp  (* = cd bonus)
Group breaks up in 1996, when FOX leaves to join DIWYLLIEDIG.
Fisher loses an arm in a road accident in 1999.

The remaining three (Fisher, Kent and McKay) buy some old synthesizers and drum machines, and in 2000 become:

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AUTOPARP
Nov '01 (7" - 7A1) ANIMATED HISTORIES / CABLE FRIEND
Jun '02 (cd - AA1CD) ANIMATED HISTORIES
- The Deal / South Sea Bubble / Animated Histories / Translate / Ethical Foreign Policy / Careless Talk / Cable Friend / Cable Fiend / Great Wars / Mass / Diplomacy / Mass Diplomacy / World Trade / 3WD / Rock the Voter / Women of Britain Say Go / Invade Kamchatka
Now on Earwax:
Sep '03 (12" - EWX42030901101) "SEPTEMBER DOSSIER"
- WMD // Kelly's Heroes / Bush Baby
Apr '04 (cds (credit card format) - EWX45040400105) WAX WALLET 5
 
Autoparp's four-minute warning revisits Alistair Campbell's impromtu visit to Channel Four News in June 2003 to moan at John Snow about the BBC. 
Jul '04 (cd - EWX30040701102) WHAT THE BUTLER SAW
- 45 / Bush Baby / Rock Music Blairs / Campbell's Soup / The Adventures of Robin Cook and Short Claire (with John Scarlett) / You Need Hans / 1441 / Operation Desert Island Discs / Castrating Ali / Appletize / I Left My Bag In Baghdad / Guantanam(er)o (Gilligan's Island) / I Wanna Sex U Up / 0898 MOD (Call Kate or Pam for Hot Q&A!) / Chaff / The Secret Diaries of Alistair Campbell (Aged 46) / Do the Sumption / The Order to Do So (WMD) / The Ballad of Susan Watts
"Intelligence indicates that Autoparp are able to deploy rhythms of mass distruction within 45 minutes of an order to do so." So begins the second album by Autoparp: a quirky, sample-heavy, electronic analysis of all things Hutton.



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