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A list of North-East UK Punk & New Wave Bands

Posted on February 2, 2012
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A friend is compiling a list of new wave and punk bands 1977 - 1980 from the north-east of England for a project. If anyone can add any to the list below, please contact him at: thinkpinkfairies (at) aol.com

Marcus Abused
Amazing Space Frogs
Angelic Upstarts
The Beetles
Blitzkrieg Bop
The Carpettes
The Condemned
The Crime
The Cult
Crawling Chaos
Dementia Praecox
The Filth
The Four Plugs
Frenzy Batallion
The Haemorrhages
Harry Hack & The Big G
King Crabs
The Lice
The MPs
Murder The Disturbed
Nicky Beat & The Beatniks
The Noise Toys
No Way
Wavis O'Shave
Pig Sani
The Police
The Proles
Public Sector
Punishment Of Luxury
Red Alert
The Rejects
Scared Bananas
Scottish Polis Inspectors
Showbiz Kids
Soviet France
Spair Pair
The Spares
Suspect Device
Toy Dolls
Treatment Room
The Vomits

Marcus Abused was a bit later (I only know of his track on one vol. of Crass' 'Bullshit Detector' comps.)
Basczax included members of Blitzkrieg Bop but were more Pop than Punk.
Crawling Chaos were more experimental but def with punk attitude: Kraut Punk?
Discharge: Not to be confused with the Stoke band of the same name.
Flesh were more experimental and incl Andrew McKenzie later of Hafler Trio.
King Crabs incl Jimmy Nail.
Nod: Punk poet.
Nothing incl members of Crawling Chaos.
Wavis O'Shave was an eccentric poet / singer. Tho not strictly Punk, he def had Punk attitude.
Soviet France (later Zoviet France) started as a Punk band.

NB: The first issue of 'Smash Hits' incl an article on the NE Punk scene (I kid ye not!)


12 Responses to “A list of North-East UK Punk & New Wave Bands”

  1. lee on February 7th, 2012 2:40 pm

    did’nt THE WALL originally form in,or around sunderland,before moving to london?..

  2. Chris Larkin on February 7th, 2012 4:24 pm

    I sent an email to the address you gave and it was bounced back. Here’s the email:


    I saw you were putting together a list of North East Punk bands. Noticed you’d missed The Putrids from Hartlepool (Originally called the Putrid Morons) named by Janette Sharp who at the time was girlfriend of Dimmer Blackwell from Blitzkrieg Bop if I remember correctly. This was shortly after the release of the first Ramones album so must have been 1977. Early songs included “Buckingham Palace” “Loose Advice” “Fiona Dance” “London Town” Two of the band, singer Chris Robinson and guitarist Chris Larkin (me) attended the “secret” Sex Pistols gig at Middlesborough Rock Garden in 1977 when they appeared as Acne Rabble or Rebel. Early line up included David Goodwin on bass and Ian Meredith on drums. Goodwin was soon replaced on bass by Andrew Bake or Bako Putrid as he was known from then on. In classic punk style he couldn’t play a note on the bass nor indeed did he own a bass when recruited. However, he did have a black leather biker jacket, which we took turns on for photoshoots and also more importantly he was a dead ringer for Sid Vicious. The Putrids released a cassette only release called Dead or Alive limited to a few copies for ourselves and fan. Not long after we tired of all the spitting and getting beaten up and shouted at for wearing drainpipe trousers and morphed into New Wave popsters Chesterfield Modern who featured briefly in Smash Hits magazines feature on Teesside music and released an acetate only EP (1 copy in existence) featuring Sexpert, Chesterfield Modern and Admit Defeat, once played by Larry Ottaway of Radio Cleveland. We regularly played some of the top dives, sorry I mean venues Teesside had to offer including The Teessider in Stockton and The Empire on Linthorpe Road in Middlesborough.

  3. martin gregory on February 10th, 2012 11:22 am

    Cheers everybody, will get these added to the list, martin

  4. JGR on March 1st, 2012 11:52 pm

    Heres a few more – The Wretched, Fungus and the Bogeymen and State of Emergency / Easington Colliery, The Demented, Damage and Uproar / Peterlee, No Cover, Crucified by Christians / Shotton, Sadistic Slobs / Houghton, The Crazed / Durham, The Straw Mats / ?, Passion Trade / Yarm ! Zulu and the Heartaches, The Revolving Doors / Sunderland Cheers

  5. martin gregory on July 9th, 2012 7:57 pm

    Thanks for the contributions, all included. Richard did a long list of NE PUNK as insert for an lp, can be seen at


    doing a book next, seek any contributions/anecdotes

  6. John Ramsey on July 18th, 2012 7:07 pm

    Dementia Praecocks wss fronted by Steve the Goon Pierce.A punk star waiting 2 be born.He never was,but theres time yet.

  7. martin gregory on August 16th, 2012 11:23 am

    John Ramsey, thanks for contribution, Mick from The Big G and DP gave me some recordings of DP with steve the goon, pretty freaked pre punk stuff, if you’d like to hear it: thinkpinkfairies@aol.com

  8. Ian Kuy on September 27th, 2012 7:05 pm

    you’ve missed quite a few teesside bands from the list silent mafia from billingham shoot the lights out from hartlepool the vultures robot youth and johnny seven all from thornaby monitor from boro area the barbarians also boro the sines stockton area (very Jam like so got lumped in with new mod) thats about all off the top of my head but if i remember more i will let you know these were all fom 77 to 79 period when i was singer for silent mafia

  9. Molly Larkin on March 20th, 2015 8:37 pm

    You need to add
    The Holiday Patrons from Hartlepool

  10. Tony Slingsby on February 8th, 2016 12:46 pm

    Emergency purge from Boro.
    TNT North East somewhere.
    Carl Green and The Scene, not punk, but very much part of the teesside music scene.
    Terry Tanz and the vestites, Stockton.

  11. Denise on June 29th, 2016 12:16 pm

    Hi just to as to your list public toys played from Hebburn changed name to the fiend hope this is helpful

  12. Jon on August 24th, 2017 11:59 am

    It’s Lice? not The Lice – anyway Alan King an original member of the band and later music entrepreneur and Vic Reeves comedy partner died earlier this month.

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