Made In Britain - Mojo Presents - The Sound Of A New England (1977-1983) (2005) [EAC - FLAC] (oan)
The Jam were an English mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
While they shared the "angry young men" outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock
contemporaries, The Jam wore neatly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes and
incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock influences, rather than rejecting them.
They had eighteen consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in
1977 to their breakup in 1982, including four number one hits. As of 2007, That's
Entertainment and Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero? remained the best-selling import singles
of all time in the UK. They released one live album and six studio albums, the last of which,
The Gift, hit number one on the UK album charts. When the group split up, all 18 singles were
re-released and all placed within the top 60.
The band drew upon a variety of stylistic influences over the course of their career, including
1960s beat music, soul, rhythm and blues and psychedelic rock, as well as 1970s punk rock,
pop punk and new wave. The trio was known for its melodic pop songs, its distinctly English
flavour and its mod image. The band launched the career of Paul Weller, who went on to form
The Style Council and later had a successful solo career. Weller wrote and sang most of The
Jam’s original compositions, and he played lead guitar, using a Rickenbacker. Bruce Foxton
provided backing vocals and prominent basslines, which were the foundation of many of the
band’s songs; including the hits "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight", "The Eton Rifles" and
"Town Called Malice".
Early recordings (1977)
On April 29, 1977, Polydor released The Jam's debut single,"In the City", which charted in the
Top 40 in England. In early May, the band released their debut album of the same name. The
album, like those of The Clash and the Sex Pistols, featured fast, loud and pointed songs.
What set it apart from the records of those two bands was its more prevalent 1960s rock
influences. The Jam covered Larry Williams's "Slow Down" (also covered by The Beatles)
and the "Batman Theme" to the 1960s TV series, which was somewhat of a standard for
1960s rock bands. Their originals revealed the influence of Motown Records, The Beatles
and The Who.
The Jam had political lyrics, condemning police brutality ("In the City") and expansionist
development ("Bricks And Mortar"). However, one of their most openly political songs, "Time
For Truth", bemoaned the decline of the British Empire and expressed disparaging
sentiments about "Uncle Jimmy" (the Labour Party Prime Minister James Callaghan) in no
uncertain terms ("Whatever happened to the great Empire?"). These pro-Empire sentiments
and ostentatious displays of the Union Flag began to earn the group the tag of
"Conservative". Weller's announcement that The Jam intended to vote for the Conservative
Party in the 1979 general election served to confirm this association. It later caused them
embarrassment, and dogged them throughout their career. Weller claims that The Jam's
public relations representative had told them to become Conservatives to contrast politically
with other punk bands. Misunderstandings in the music press about The
Jam's political or social stance are usually attributed to Weller's lyrical perspective. Even as
he pointed out what he saw as wrong and demanded change, Weller's lyrics reflected a deep
affection for an idealised vision of England, much in the style of The Kinks' Ray Davies. This
contrasted with the Sex Pistols' calls for destruction, or The Clash's calls for revolutionary
After the non-LP single "All Around the World" nearly reached the UK Top 10, The Jam,
having achieved a notable following in such a short time, was pressed to produce more
material quickly. Their second album, This Is the Modern World, was released later in 1977.
Bruce Foxton, generally considered a lesser songwriter than Weller, contributed two songs to
the LP, both of which attracted negative criticism. His composing output gradually decreased,
leaving Weller firmly established as the band's chief songwriter. Despite displaying more
stylistic variety than before, including some ventures into introspective pop, This Is The
Modern World was not widely praised. However, when John Peel first heard the album, he
played it in its entirety on one show, one song after the other.
Stephen William Bragg (born December 20, 1957 in Essex, England), better known as Billy
Bragg, is an English musician who blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest
songs. His lyrics mostly deal with political or romantic themes. His music career has lasted
more than 30 years, and he has collaborated with Johnny Marr, Leon Rosselson, members of
R.E.M., Michelle Shocked, Less Than Jake, Kirsty MacColl, and Wilco. He performed with
Kate Nash at the 2008 NME awards. Bragg often plays and speaks at the Tolpuddle Martyrs
festival. Bragg Close, in Dagenham, Essex, is named in his honour.He now lives in Dorset.
In 1977, Bragg formed the punk rock/pub rock band Riff Raff and toured London's pubs and
clubs. The band released a series of singles, which did not receive wide exposure. He also
worked in Guy Norris records in Barking , Essex. Bragg became disillusioned with his music
career, and in May 1981 he joined the British Army as a trooper destined for the Queen's
Royal Irish Hussars of the Royal Armoured Corps. After a few months, he bought his way out
of the army for £175 and returned home, having never finished his training or joined his
Bragg began constantly performing concerts and busking around London, playing solo with
an electric guitar. His demo tape initially got no response from the record industry, but, by
pretending to be a television repair man, he got into the office of Charisma Records' A&R
man Peter Jenner. Jenner liked the tape, but the company was near bankruptcy and he had
no budget to sign new artists. Bragg got an offer to record more demos for a music publisher,
so Jenner agreed to release them as a record. Life's a Riot with Spy Vs. Spy was released in
July 1983 by Charisma's new imprint, Utility. Hearing DJ John Peel mention on-air that he
was hungry, Bragg rushed to the BBC with a mushroom biryani, so Peel played a song from
Life's a Riot, although at the wrong speed (since the 12" LP was, unconventionally, cut to play
at 45rpm). Peel insisted he would have played the song even without the biryani, and he later
played it at the correct speed.
Within months, Charisma had been taken over by Virgin Records and Jenner, who had been
laid off, became Bragg's manager. Stiff Records' press officer Andy Macdonald — who was
setting up his own record label, Go! Discs — received a copy of Life's a Riot. He made Virgin
an offer and the album was re-released on Go! Discs in November, 1983. In 1984 he
released Brewing Up with Billy Bragg, a mixture of political songs (e.g. "It Says Here") and
songs of unrequited love (e.g. "The Saturday Boy"). The following year he released Between
the Wars, an EP of political songs that included a cover version of Leon Rosselson's
"Diggers' Song", re-titled "The World Turned Upside Down". Bragg later collaborated with
Rosselson on the song "Ballad of the Spycatcher". In 1985, his song "A New England", with
an additional verse, became a top ten hit in the UK for Kirsty MacColl. After MacColl's early
death, Bragg always sang the extra verse in her honour.
In 1986, Bragg released Talking with the Taxman about Poetry, which became his first top
ten album. Its title is taken from a poem by Vladimir Mayakovsky and a translated version of
the poem was printed on the record's inner sleeve. Back to Basics is a 1987 collection of the
first three releases: Life's A Riot With Spy Vs. Spy, Brewing Up with Billy Bragg, and the EP
Between The Wars. Bragg released his fourth album, Workers Playtime, in September 1988.
With this album, Bragg added a backing band and accompaniment. In May 1990, Bragg
released the political mini-LP The Internationale. The songs were, in part, a return to his solo
guitar style, but some songs featured more complicated arrangements and included a brass
band. The album paid tribute to one of Bragg's influences, with the song "I Dreamed I Saw
Phil Ochs Last Night". It is an adapted version of "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night".
The album Don't Try This at Home was released in September 1991, and included the song
"Sexuality", which made it into the UK Singles Chart. Bragg had been persuaded by Go!
Discs' Andy and Juliet Macdonald to sign a four-album deal with a million pound advance,
and a promise to promote the album with singles and videos. This gamble was not rewarded
with extra sales, and the situation put the company in financial difficulty. In exchange for
ending the contract early and repaying a large amount of the advance, Bragg regained all
rights to his back catalogue. Bragg continued to promote the album with his backing band the
Red Stars, which included his Riff Raff colleague and long-time roadie, Wiggy.
Bragg released the album William Bloke in 1996 after taking time off to help raise his son.
Around that time, Nora Guthrie (daughter of American folk artist Woody Guthrie) asked Bragg
to set some of her father's unrecorded lyrics to music. The result was a collaboration with the
band Wilco and Natalie Merchant (with whom Bragg had worked previously). They released
the album Mermaid Avenue in 1998 and Mermaid Avenue Vol. II in 2000. A rift with Wilco
over mixing and sequencing of the album led to Bragg recruiting his own band, The Blokes, to
promote the album. The Blokes included keyboardist Ian McLagan, who had been a member
of Bragg's boyhood heroes The Faces. The documentary film Man in the Sand depicts the
roles of Nora Guthrie, Bragg, and Wilco in the creation of the Mermaid Avenue albums.
At the 2005 Beautiful Days Festival in Devon, Bragg teamed up with the Levellers to perform
a short set of songs by The Clash in celebration of Joe Strummer's birthday. Bragg performed
guitar and lead vocals in "Police and Thieves", and performed guitar and backing vocals in
"English Civil War" and "Police on my Back".
In 2007, Bragg moved closer to his English folk music roots by joining the WOMAD-inspired
collective The Imagined Village, who recorded an album of updated versions of traditional
English songs and dances and toured through that autumn. Bragg released his album, Mr.
Love & Justice, in March 2008.. This was the second Bragg album to be named after a book
by Colin MacInnes. In 2008, during the NME Awards ceremony, Bragg sang a duet with
British solo act Kate Nash. They mixed up their two greatest hits: While Nash played
"Foundations", Bragg redid his major single "A New England".
The band consisted of Malcolm Owen (vocals), Paul Fox (guitar), John "Segs" Jennings
(bass) and Dave Ruffy (drums). As part of the People Unite Collective based in Southall in
West London the band were active in anti-racist causes, and their song "Jah War" is about
the Special Patrol Group's violence in Southall in 1979, in which Blair Peach was beaten to
death and Clarence Baker was severely injured.
The Ruts backed Laurel Aitken on a John Peel session for BBC Radio 1, in April/May 1980.
The line-up was Aitken, Fox, Jennings, Ruffy, Owen and Gary Barnacle.
Malcolm Owen died from a heroin overdose on 14 July 1980 at the age of 26. The b-side "H-
eyes" of "In a Rut" was a song against heroin use, and two other songs, "Dope for Guns"
from the album The Crack, plus "Love in Vain" (b-side of "Staring at the Rude Boys") were
also anti-drug songs.
The band continued as Ruts D.C. (D.C. standing for Da Capo meaning 'back to the
beginning') but never repeated their earlier success. As Ruts D.C., the band toured Germany
in the autumn of 1980, playing at the small nightclub To Act in rural Bavaria (Weißenohe,
near Nuremberg). However, without the charismatic persona, stage presence and great voice
of Owen (and despite guitarist Paul Fox handling the vocals), the band struggled to re-live
their past glories.
On Monday 16 July 2007 the band reformed for the first time in 27 years and played a special
one off benefit gig for Paul Fox, following his diagnosis with cancer. Hardcore U.S. punk
singer and long time Ruts fan, Henry Rollins (of Black Flag), stood in for Malcolm Owen. They
were supported by Tom Robinson, The Damned, Misty in Roots, UK Subs, Splodge, John
Otway and the Peafish House Band which featured Lee Harris, (The Blockheads), Tony
Barber of The Buzzcocks and Rowland Rivron they backed Edward Tudor-Pole and TV
Fox, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in mid-2007, died on 21 October of the
same year at the age of 56.
The Selecter were a 2 Tone ska revival band from Coventry, England, formed in the late
Like many other bands of the ska revival movement, The Selecter featured a racially mixed
line-up. Their lyrics featured themes such as violence, politics and marijuana set to strong
melodies and an irresistible beat. What set The Selecter apart from the other 2 Tone bands at
the time was the songs of Neol Davies, the voice of Pauline Black and the pumping rhythms
of Desmond Brown on the Hammond. The band's name is based on the term selector, which
is a Jamaican word for DJ.
The Selecter was, at first, just Neol Davies and John Bradbury (who was later to be the
drummer in The Specials). The band name was also the title of the seminal instrumental
released as the b-side of the first 2Tone record "Gangsters vs. The Selecter" in July 1979.
Pauline Black has been the lead singer in The Selecter since its formation as a band in
August 1979 when the band released the singles , "Three Minute Hero", "The Whisper",
"Missing Words" and "On My Radio". The Selecter's debut album Too Much Pressure was
recorded at the end of 1979 and beginning of 1980, and released by the 2 Tone Records and
Chrysalis Records. Their second album, Celebrate the Bullet, was issued in 1981. The
Selecter were featured in the 2 Tone documentary Dance Craze.
After the band split in 1982, Black developed a career in TV and theatre, appearing in dramas
such as The Vice, The Bill, Hearts and Minds and 2000 Acres of Sky. She won the 1991 Time
Out award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in the play All or Nothing At All.
She starred next to Christopher Lee in the horror film The Funny Man. Black and Davies
reformed The Selecter in 1991 and have released several new albums and have toured all
over the world. Davies left the band in the mid 90's to record two solo albums "Box Of Blues"
and "Future Swamp" and Pauline Black continued to record and perform with The Selecter
1979: The Pop Rivets, a Canterbury group of devoted acolytes to punk’s gritty DIY ethos,
release Greatest Hits, home-recorded and enclosed in handmade sleeves (later repressed in
printed covers; later still retitled for its Hangman reissue). A more mod-oriented and less
reserved TV Personalities or Desperate Bicycles, the Rivets (aka Rivits) retrospectively fit
neatly in with the sloppy, violent pop noisemeisters of the era, endearingly careless (though
even the best songs leave mere flesh wounds as opposed to the scars inflicted by their more
The Chords were a 1970s British group commonly associated with the mod revival, who had
several hits in their homeland before the decline of the trend brought about their break-up.
They were one of the most successful groups to emerge during the revival, which inundated
the UK in 1979 thanks in large part to The Jam's massive popularity (and their obvious
affection for mod music and styles) and the theatrical release of The Who's Quadrophenia, a
film centred around the mod subculture of the 1960's based on the 1973 "rock opera".
Consisting of lead singer & rhythm guitarist Billy Hassett, lead guitarist & songwriter Chris
Pope, bassist and Hassett's cousin Martin Mason, and drummer Brett "Buddy" Ascott, the
group boasted four talented musicians, particularly Ascott, who was a crucial component of
the group's sound; his manic, Keith Moon-inspired drumming is considered among the best of
the new wave era.
Years active 1978-1981
The Redskins - Kick Over The Statues
The Redskins were a British band of the 1980s, notable for their left-wing politics and catchy,
Their music combined influences from soul music, rockabilly, pop music and punk rock. The
band formed in York, England in the early 1980s (from the ashes of punk band No
Swastikas), with Chris Dean (vocals/guitar), Martin Hewes (bass/backing vocals) and Nick
King (drums). Chris Dean wrote for NME magazine under the name X. Moore. Dean and
Hewes were members of the Socialist Workers Party. The band members wore skinhead
clothing styles, and they helped inspire the redskin movement.
The band released their first single, "Lev Bronstein", on the CNT record label in 1982. They
released one more single, "Lean On Me", on CNT before signing to London Records. In the
same year playing the same song, the band were attacked upon stage at the free Greater
London Council-sponsored 'Jobs for a Change' festival on 10th June 1984, in Jubilee
Gardens on London's South Bank. While The Redskins were playing, a group of fascist
skinheads stormed the stage.  Nick King was replaced in 1985 by Paul Hookham. The
band released one full album, Neither Washington Nor Moscow, before splitting up at the end
of 1986. Hewes worked for some time as a motorcycle courier following the demise of the
band and now teaches music professionally. Chris Dean, or Chris Moore, appeared in a
student version of Trevor Griffiths' play Oi! For England at London's Central School of Speech
& Drama before taking up a reclusive life in Paris from 1988 until the present.
Steel Pulse is a well-known roots reggae musical band. They originally formed at Handsworth
Wood Boys School, in Birmingham, England and comprised of David Hinds (lead vocals,
guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals) and Ronald McQueen (bass). Hinds, as
songwriter, has always been the engine behind Steel Pulse, from their early days establishing
themselves in the Birmingham club scene onwards.
Formed in 1975, their debut release, Kibudu, Mansetta And Abuku arrived on the small
independent label Dip, and linked the plight of urban black youth with the image of a greater
African homeland. They followed it with Nyah Love for Anchor. Surprisingly, they were initially
refused live dates in Caribbean venues in the Midlands because of their Rastafarian beliefs.
Aligning themselves closely with the Rock Against Racism organisation and featuring in its
first music festival in the spring of 1978, they chose to tour with sympathetic elements of the
punk movement, including the Stranglers, XTC etc.: "Punks had a way of enjoying
themselves - throw hordes at you, beer, spit at you, that kind of thing". Eventually they found
a more natural home in support slots for Burning Spear, which brought them to the attention
of Island Records.
Their first release for Island was the Ku Klux Klan 45, a considered tilt at the evils of racism,
and one often accompanied by a visual parody of the sect on stage. By this time their ranks
had swelled to include Selwyn 'Bumbo' Brown (keyboards), Steve 'Grizzly' Nisbett (drums),
Alphonso Martin (vocals, percussion) and Mykaell Riley (vocals). Handsworth Revolution was
an accomplished long playing debut and one of the major landmarks in the evolution of British
reggae. However, despite critical and moderate commercial success over three albums, the
relationship with Island Records had soured by the advent of Caught You (released in the US
as Reggae Fever).
Less well known than contemporaries the Gang of Four, Medium Medium was nonetheless
an influence on a number of the dance-punk revival bands of the early 2000s. Emerging in
1978 out of punk/rhythm & blues band The Press in Nottingham, England, Medium Medium's
second single, "Hungry, So Angry," released in February 1981 on Cherry Red Records, has
become a minor classic of post-punk/funk. One of the first records to introduce slap-bass -- a
technique borrowed from black funk music -- to a generally white audience, "Hungry, So
Angry" reached the #48 spot in Billboard's Disco chart and has appeared on over a dozen
compilations over the years.
The band released only one studio album, late-1981’s "The Glitterhouse," but its stark,
stripped-down dub and dance rhythms and chiming, funk guitar with occasional saxophone
and other sounds failed to ignite a large following. "Guru Maharaji", one of the more
interesting tracks on the album, has as its subject matter an Eastern religious movement,
Divine Light Mission. The song was inspired by the involvement in the movement of a friend
of the band who suffered a subsequent mental breakdown. The recorded version of the song
is much slower than the original which had a fast punk sensibility.
Lead singer/sax player John Rees Lewis left at the start of 1982 to form C Cat Trance with
original drummer Nigel Stone, who had left shortly before the release of “Hungry, So Angry.”
The remaining members, Andy Ryder (guitar/vocals), Alan Turton (bass), Graham Spink
(offstage special sounds) and replacement drummer Steve Harvey, continued to tour and
were later augmented by, first, Leslie Joachim Barrett (guitar/keyboards), then Julie Wood
(keyboards). Forays into a fuller, more produced sound failed to garner the band a new
record deal and Medium Medium split up in late 1983.
Inspired by a Cherry Red retrospective CD release in 2001 and the subsequent dance-punk
revival, Medium Medium reformed in late 2004 for several live shows, including a showcase
at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York. No longer a full-time venture, the band has stated
plans to continue to write, record and perform.
Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s. They
consist of vocalist Marc Almond and David Ball on synthesizers. Lyrics by the duo often
focused on love, romance, kinky sex, transexualism, as well as drugs and murder. The duo is
well known for their huge world-wide hit in 1981 with a cover version of "Tainted Love",
though it would make them a one-hit wonder in several countries.
Soft Cell formed in 1980 in Leeds. Their initial efforts at recording resulted in an EP called
Mutant Moments that year, funded by a loan of £2000 from Dave Ball's mother, made with a
simple 2-track recorder. This was released independently with only 2000 vinyl copies pressed
and has since become a highly valued collector's item among Soft Cell fans. Their early
shows and EP caught the interest of certain record labels, such as Mute Records and Some
Bizzare Records, both of which pioneered the new wave of synthesizer bands. Soft Cell's
next recording, "The Girl with the Patent Leather Face," appeared as a contribution to the
Some Bizzare Album, which featured other (then unknown) bands such as Depeche Mode,
The The, and Blancmange. Their first singles, A Man Can Get Lost 7" and Memorabilia 12"
were produced by Daniel Miller, the founder of Mute Records. While the single was a club hit,
Soft Cell remained essentially unknown.
The Damned are an English band formed in London in 1976, notable for being the first punk
rock band from England to release a single ("New Rose"), release an album (Damned
Damned Damned), and tour the United States. The Damned later evolved as one of the
forerunners of the gothic rock genre.
The Damned have incorporated many different styles into their music and image, including:
garage rock, psychedelic rock, cabaret, and the theatrical rock of Screaming Lord Sutch and
Alex Harvey. Lead singer Dave Vanian's vocal style has been described as similar to a
crooner. The Damned have dissolved and reformed many times, with Vanian as the sole
constant member. However, the lineups have always included either guitarist Captain
Sensible and/or drummer Rat Scabies, who are both founding members. As of 2007, the lineup
included Vanian, Captain Sensible, Monty Oxy Moron, Pinch, and Stu West.
The Members was a punk rock band that originated in Camberley, England. The band was
formed in 1976 by Nicky Tesco.
In 1976 Nick Lightowlers attended a party in London's Tooley Street. At the party the owner of
the rehearsal studio where the party was being held asked Nick what he was doing messing
around on the typewriter in his office. On being told that a song was being written the studio
owner asked Nick to audition with his band the following week. As there was no band in
question at that time Nick had just a few days to put together a line up for the audition, he
recruited a Camberley based guitarist, Gary Baker and the two of them rounded up bass
player Steve Morley and for the initial audition used an old friend of Nick's from school called
Steve Maycock. Due to Maycock's aversion to the idea of being spat at in the clubs and gigs
at the time the trio recruited another Camberley boy, and brother of a close friend, Clive
Parker (CP Snare).
Sham 69 are an English punk band that formed in Hersham in 1975.
Although not as commercially successful as many of their contemporaries, albeit with a
greater number of chart entries, Sham 69 has been a huge musical and lyrical influence on
the Oi! and streetpunk genres. The band allegedly derived their name from a piece of graffiti
that founder Jimmy Pursey saw on a wall. It originally said Walton and Hersham '69 but had
partly faded away, and made reference to when Walton & Hersham F.C. secured the
Athenian League title in 1969
The November 12, 1976 issue of NME notes that Sham 69 was rehearsing in 1976, although
only Pursey would remain from this early lineup twelve months later. Sham 69 lacked the art
school background of many English punk bands of the time, and brought in football chant
backup vocals and a sort of inarticulate political populism. The band had a large skinhead
following (left wing, right wing and non-political), which helped set the tone for the Oi!
movement. Their concerts were notoriously plagued by violence, and the band ceased live
performances after a 1978 concert at Middlesex Polytechnic was broken up by National
Front-supporting white power skinheads fighting and rushing the stage.
The Meteors are a highly influential psychobilly band. Originally from the United Kingdom,
they are often credited with giving the genre its distinctive sound. The Meteors consider
themselves the first and only "pure" psychobilly band.
Fans of the band (known as the World Wide Wrecking Crew (WWWC)) are known to use the
slogan, "Only The Meteors are Pure Psychobilly," (often shortened to "OTMAPP") as a
The Meteors were started in 1980 by P. Paul Fenech (guitar and vocals), Nigel Lewis (upright
bass - later of The Tallboys - see performance clip in "Trash on The Tube" feature on
Youtube), and Mark Robertson (drums). Fenech and Lewis had played in rockabilly bands
before, but left their former band, Raw Deal, in order to experiment with a new sound that
mixed horror and science fiction lyrics with a punk rock-rockabilly crossover. This sound
would later be called psychobilly.
The Meteors played their first show during Rockabilly Night at The Sparrow Hawk in north
London, but after being heckled due to their cross between rockabilly and punk attitudes,
decided to begin playing shows beyond just rockabilly clubs. They developed a loyal following
known as "the Crazies, or Zorchmen" who invented their own dance style called "going
mental," a cross between fighting, dancing and moshing. This would later be renamed
"wrecking," and is still a staple of the psychobilly scene to this day. Coupled with Fenech's
ritual of spitting (chicken) blood during performances, many clubs believed the band was
dangerous and refused to book them. The band began playing at punk rock clubs alongside
UK punk bands such as The Clash, The Damned and later Anti-Nowhere League and the UK
Subs. However, unlike punk bands, The Meteors would (and still very much do) insist that
their shows be "a politics and religion free zone" in order to focus on having a good time
instead of allowing disputes between fans to break out.
Alien Sex Fiend
Alien Sex Fiend are a gothic rock band from the UK formed in the winter of 1982.
Getting their start at the Batcave club in London in 1982, Alien Sex Fiend quickly became
known in the gothic scene for their psychobilly, dark electronic, industrial sound, heavy
samples and loops and manic vocals.
Made up of Nik Fiend and his spouse Mrs. Fiend the band has put out a long discography
over the years. Switching up easily from heavy industrial to ambient experimental styles, fans
of Alien Sex Fiend are always wondering what the next album is going to entail.
They remain a fixture on college radio. And can boast as being the band to release the
world's first (and probably only) 11" single, "E.S.T. (Trip To The Moon)" in October 1984.
Their video for "Now I'm Feeling Zombified" was featured on an episode of the MTV animated
series Beavis & Butt-head.
They now reside in Cardiff, Wales.
Alien Sex Fiend will be playing 25 anniversary shows in Spain in May 2008 (May 9th in
Madrid, May 10th in Valencia and May 11th in Barcelona) and also planned to tour along the
U.S. coast in June 2008 sadly canceled for reasons beyond the bands control.
01. (02:30) Jam - The Modern World
02. (02:11) Billy Bragg - A New England
03. (03:49) Ruts - S.U.S.
04. (02:49) Selecter - Too Much Pressure
05. (02:29) Pop Rivets - Lambrettavespascoota
06. (03:12) Chords - Maybe Tomorrow
07. (02:29) Redskins - Kick Over The Statues!
08. (03:41) Steel Pulse - Ku Klux Klan
09. (03:57) Medium Medium - Hungry, So Angry
10. (03:35) Soft Cell - Bedsitter
11. (02:11) Damned - Problem Child
12. (02:25) Members - Goodbye To The Job
13. (01:58) Sham 69 - George Davis Is Innocent
14. (02:56) Meteors - Out Of Time
15. (06:02) Alien Sex Fiend - I'm Doing Time In A Maximum Security Twilight Home
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