The Lurkers, Vice Squad & Anti-Pasti
Age restriction 14+
23 Smyth Street WF1 1ED Wakefield
Starts Tuesday, 07/03/17 12:06
The Lurkers were inspired by American bands such as the Ramones and the New York Dolls, the British beat boom of the sixties and Glam Rock acts like Slade and Sweet, THE LURKERS formed in West London in mid 1976 and quickly forged their own identity with their own brand of punk tunes and lyrics encompassing subjects such as social unacceptability and personal politics.
The band built up a huge loyal following aro…und the punk heyday of 1977 and signed to Beggar’s Banquet where they scored five top forty hits between 1977 and 1979 . They also appeared on Top of the Pops and many other television shows and became regulars on the popular Radio One John Peel Show.
Due to changing musical tastes within the band and Beggar’s Banquet concentrating on their new signing Gary Numan, The Lurkers decided to call it a day in 1980 but two years later a sudden resurgence of interest in the band inspired them to get back together to record for origional manager Mike Stone’s Clay label, home of emerging hardcore punks Discharge and GBH. In 1984, new singer Mark Fincham ran off to work the drag clubs of Berlin and the band once again folded.
Original bassist Arturo Bassick got the whole thing going again in 1987 after a chance meeting with the huge German Punk band Die Toten Hosen, all of whom were massive Lurkers fans. Die Toten Hosen financed the comeback album, ‘Wild Times Again’, which launched The Lurkers’ career once more and they have continued ever since, with one linup or another.
Vice Squad is a punk band formed in 1978 in Bristol, England. The band was formed from two other local punk bands, The Contingent and TV Brakes. The songwriter and vocalist Beki Bondage (born Rebecca Louise Bond) was a founding member and is currently[when?] with the band, although there was a period of time when the band had a different vocalist. She is often cited as being the first punk pin-up featured on the front cover of a number of influential music tabloids such as Melody Maker, NME and Smash Hits
Founded in 1978 in Derby, England, Anti-Pasti comprised of Martin Roper on vocals, Dugi Bell on guitar and with the addition of Stu Winfield on bass and Stan Smith on drums, released their debut EP, “Four Sore Points”, featuring the all time punk rock classic “No Government”, on their own Dose record label. They played many gigs in and around Derby and rapidly built up a large following.
Winfield and Smith were soon replaced by Kev Nixon on drums and Will Hoon on bass before the group signed to Rondelet Records and re-released their “Four Sore Points” EP and the new “Let Them Free” single in January 1981. Later that year, Anti-Pasti released their debut album, “The Last Call”. It reached number 1 in the Indie Charts and spent seven weeks in the UK Albums Chart, peaking at No. 31. Their growing profile was confirmed when a third single, “Six Guns”, appeared at the end of the year and reached number 1 in the UK Indie Chart, as did the successful joint venture with The Exploited on a 12″ single EP, “Don’t Let ‘Em Grind You Down”. Anti-Pasti along with Exploited and Discharge were part of the now legendary Apocalypse Now Tour which toured the UK in 1981.
Single “East To The West” was released in 1982, which preceded the final Anti-Pasti album and single, both titled “Caution In The Wind”, which featured Will Hoon’s brother Ollie on guitar. A self-titled singles retrospective surfaced a year later, but the group split in 1983 following the departure of Roper. There was a reunion in 1995, leading to mini-tours of the UK and Germany.
Anti-Pasti’s 2012 line up consists of Martin Roper, Kev Nixon, Olli Hoon & Ben Hanson, three of the original five members.
2014 sees a new era for the band with Martin departing from the vocal duties to be replaced by GeZ Addictive
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