Silent Running are an Northern Irish rock band, who emerged from the Belfast punk scene and were originally called The Setz before changing musical direction in 1982. The original band members were Richard Collett (bass), Peter Gamble (vocals), Tony Scott (guitars) and Ian Gault (drums). Prior to signing to EMI the band recruited George Beavis on keyboards.
The band recorded tracks such as ‘Speed of Life’ for the proposed first album although Beavis was subsequently dismissed and replaced with Alex White. The resulting album was ‘Shades of Liberty’ which received a five star review in Melody Maker headlined ‘Silent Classic’. Despite ‘near’ top forty hits such as ‘Young Hearts’ and ‘Sticks and Stones’ the band never achieved the desired breakthrough.
Silent Running supported John Foxx in 1983, Simple Minds on their UK tour in early 1984, and also toured with Robert Palmer and Talk Talk.
In the US, the single “Emotional Warfare” would be released on 12″ Promo Single with a Steve Thompson/Michael Barbiero remix.
Emotional Warfare (Extended Version) (Club Mix) 5:20