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As the Seventies drew to a close and the media declared punk dead and buried, a whole new breed of band was emerging from the gutter. Harder and faster than their ’76–’77 predecessors, not to mention more aggressive and political, the likes of Discharge, the Exploited, and G.B.H. were to prove not only more relevant but arguably just as influential.


Several years in the making and featuring hundreds of new interviews and photographs, Burning Britain is the true story of the UK punk scene from 1980 to 1984 told for the first time by the bands and record labels that created it. Covering the country region by region, author Ian Glasper profiles legendary bands like Vice Squad, Angelic Upstarts, Blitz, Anti-Nowhere League, Cockney Rejects, and the UK Subs as well as the more obscure groups like Xtract, The Skroteez, and Soldier Dolls.


The grim reality of being a teenage punk rocker in Thatcher’s Britain resulted in some of the most primal and potent music ever committed to plastic. Burning Britain is the definitive overview of that previously overlooked era.


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Date de parution 01 août 2014
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EAN13 9781604869897
Langue English
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Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980-1984
Ian Glasper
First published in the UK by Cherry Red
This edition © 2014 PM Press
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be transmitted by any means without permission in writing from the publisher.
ISBN: 978-1-60486-748-0
Library of Congress Control Number: 2013956922
Cover by John Yates / www.stealworks.com
Interior design by briandesign
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
PM Press
PO Box 23912
Oakland, CA 94623
www.pmpress.org
Printed in the USA by the Employee Owners of Thomson-Shore in Dexter, Michigan.
www.thomsonshore.com
CONTENTS
PREFACE TO THE PRESENT EDITION
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PREFACE
DISCLAIMER
A COUNTRY FIT FOR HEROES …
CHAPTER ONE: THE SOUTHWEST
Vice Squad
Chaotic Dischord
Sex Aids
Dead Katts
Disorder
Chaos UK
Court Martial
Lunatic Fringe
The Undead
Demob
Screaming Dead
CHAPTER TWO: THE MIDLANDS
GBH
Dead Wretched
Drongos For Europe
Cadaverous Clan
Sensa Yuma
The Stench
The Varukers
The Samples
CHAPTER THREE: THE NORTHWEST
Blitz
Attak
The Violators
Mayhem
Blitzkrieg
The Insane
The Fits
One Way System
Instant Agony
Emergency
Xtract
Distortion
CHAPTER FOUR: THE NORTHEAST
Angelic Upstarts
The Toy Dolls
Red Alert
Total Chaos
Uproar
Major Accident
Abrasive Wheels
The Expelled
The Underdogs
Ultra Violent
Criminal Justice
Mau Maus
Red London
CHAPTER FIVE: THE NORTH AND EAST MIDLANDS
Discharge
Broken Bones
The Skeptix
Anti Pasti
The Enemy
Resistance 77
Riot Squad
Septic Psychos
CHAPTER SIX: THE EAST AND SOUTHEAST
The Destructors
English Dogs
ABH
The Adicts
Special Duties
Newtown Neurotics
Anti Establishment
Chron Gen
UK Decay
Subculture
CHAPTER SEVEN: LONDON
UK Subs
The Wall
The Dark
Action Pact
Dead Man’s Shadow
Erazerhead
The Straps
The Gonads
Cockney Rejects
The Business
The 4-Skins
The Ejected
Infa-Riot
The Blood
Soldiers of Destruction
CHAPTER EIGHT: THE SOUTH
Anti-Nowhere League
Peter And The Test Tube Babies
Ad Nauseam
Butcher
Cult Maniax
CHAPTER NINE: WALES
The Partisans
Picture Frame Seduction
Soldier Dolls
Foreign Legion
CHAPTER TEN: NORTHERN IRELAND
The Defects
The Outcasts
CHAPTER ELEVEN: SCOTLAND
The Exploited
External Menace
Threats
Anti-Social
Bayonet Babies
The Skroteez
Ugen Kampf
Barbed Wire
Chaotic Youth
The Actives
CHAPTER TWELVE: THE LABELS
Riot City
No Future
Clay
Beat The System
Captain Oi
APPENDICES:
Punk Lives
Holidays In The Sun
Related websites
Updated discographies

The 1983 lineup of Grantham’s English Dogs (Pic: Mike Stone)
PREFACE TO THE PRESENT EDITION
When I wrote Burning Britain back in 2002–2003, I was writing it for myself. I was literally just writing the book that I wanted to see on my own bookshelves, so it was very gratifying when it chimed with so many people around the world, and I was touched that so many people instantly related with my own instinctive feeling that the early Eighties was the defining era for their own punk rock experience. No one’s right or wrong here. It all comes down to when you were born and at what point in your life you got knocked sideways by your first punk rock song.
I’m also thrilled that the book seems to have genuine legs and, on the strength of grassroots recommendation alone, has been translated into various languages and keeps finding new enthusiastic audiences around the world – all testament of course to the eternal appeal of good honest punk music.
When Burning Britain was published in 2004, I was quite aware that, whilst about as good an account of the early Eighties punk scene as it could be, it wasn’t quite complete, and there were certain bands that I’d been forced to skip over, and certain individuals I needed to talk to that I didn’t, due to the inevitable time and financial constraints and having to meet an ever-looming publishing deadline.
Ten years on, this PM Press edition has given me the opportunity to include some of those bands that weren’t given their proper due first time around – Infa-Riot, The Blood, Ultra Violent, Subculture, Red London, The Actives and Soldiers Of Destruction – and also to expand the current sections on Chaos UK, The Destructors and English Dogs with brand new additional interviews with key members that I couldn’t locate in time ten years ago. I’ve also updated the discographies with some of the major releases since the book was first published. It’s still not perfect, but then this isn’t a fairytale and nothing ever is, is it? But it’s still the most comprehensive account of that period you’ll find anywhere … and even more so now.
So, sit back and relax with your favourite scratchy UK82 7" and enjoy this extra content that now complements Burning Britain. And remember, punk rock is an attitude, and as long as someone, somewhere, carries that attitude in their heart and soul, punk rock will never die.
Ian Glasper
2014

Monkey of The Adicts (Picture: Tony mottram)
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE, SUPPORT AND ADVICE:
Mark Brennan and all at Captain Oi!; Simon Edwards and Shane Baldwin; Iain McNay, Matt, Alex and all at Cherry Red; Tim Wright, Welshy, Spike, Pete Don’t Care, Rebecca Pollard (Punk and Oi In The UK), James Sherry, Steve (Art Of The State), Joel McIver and all at Record Collector; Des, Nosh and Nicky; Silv, Dave and Renn; Ben Williams; Mobs and all of Stampin’ Ground; Simon Rockaway, Beddis, Pig and Payney; Albert Mudrian and Adam at Feral House; Richard White and Suicide Watch; Seany Rotten, Josh Upstart, Sean Forbes, Stu Decay (Sheffield), Tony Mottram and family; Mick Mercer, Carol Clerk, Chris Berry, Lyndon Henstridge, Deek Allan, Ian Armstrong, Jim (Intimidation); Jonathon Selzer, Damien and all at Terrorizer; Daz (remember ‘Speed Hippy’?) and Jennie Russell-Smith; Michael and Andy of Therapy?; Sean McGhee and Martyn Cockbain; Steve and all at Plastic Head, and everyone else that made things happen behind the scenes. A thousand apologies to anyone I’ve forgotten.
And of course, all the bands and labels that have put up with me the last two years, for their co-operation and wonderful stories.
Likewise my family and friends for their patience during this long haul. Not least of all my wife, Jo, and daughter, Amy.
Oh, and punk rock because…well, just because.
This book is respectfully dedicated to the memory of my good friend Dean Uzell, who gave me so much encouragement during its early stages, but is sadly no longer with us. Rest in peace, mate.
Ian Glasper, May 2004

Dead Wretched guitarist, Paul ‘Baz’ Harding
PREFACE
I n late 1980 I was just thirteen years old, and listening to everything from Adam And The Ants and Killing Joke to the Stray Cats and Shakin’ Stevens, but when my cousin, Antony ‘Mobs’ Mowbray played me the ‘Decontrol’ single by Discharge, my whole perspective on music – and ultimately life, the universe and everything – changed. All the confused teen angst, all the rebellious cool, all the pent-up frustration and energy I was feeling… all seemed to be encapsulated in the incredible roar that emanated from those seven inches of crackling vinyl. My world was turned on its head… or rather it was turned on its feet and suddenly a lot of things fell into place for the very first time. Such is the power of music, I still get goose bumps whenever I hear ‘Decontrol’.
So, I’m not even going to pretend that I was around to witness the first wave of punk come crashing down like a tidal wave on a bloated washed-up music scene back in 1976 – just check my birth certificate and do the maths – but when the second wave rose up ominously from the gutter and usurped the coveted crown from the preening poseurs I was stood in the front row rubbing my hands with glee.
The tender age of ten was far too young to appreciate the filth and the fury of The Sex Pistols, but four years later, during those most formative early teens, a tentacle reached out from the underground, snaked subversively through my bedroom window and touched me on the shoulder. It doesn’t matter where you are, who you are, or how old you are when it happens, all that matters is that when the spirit of punk rock grabs a hold of you, it never ever lets go.
Of course, I’d seen the media coverage, and heard folk either scoffing or tutting in outrage at Malcolm McLaren’s brilliantly orchestrated Jubilee antics, but it had all pretty much passed me by, until one day I suddenly started to wonder about the intriguing names painted amateurishly on the backs of some of my older friends’ leather jackets. Names like Discharge and The UK Subs, names to be whispered in awe after night had fallen, names to be conjured with, a whole new world to be explored…
The so

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