This page lists all bands who recorded material on the No Future label, giving brief details where known. Where available, I have provided links giving more information. However, over time some of these links may become broken or new sites may become available. In either case, please let me know the link/website and I will remove/include it.
Bands Who Have Recorded A Main Release (i.e. Single/EP/LP)
Gary Basnett - Vocals/Guitar, Sean Chadwick (Chad) - Bass, Lindsay McLennan - Drums
(Saleem Basnett - Vocals on "Blue Patrol")
(Michael Woodacre (Woody) - Guitar on "Zombies" LP)
Formed in early 1981 in New Mills as a four piece band, Attak reverted to a trio when their singer left for school commitments. They released two singles in this form, with Lindsay, sister of Mackie from Blitz, being the drummer. A new guitarist was recruited for their album before they split up in late 1983. Gary later turned up in a revamped Blitz and provided the vocals on their "Killing Dream" album. Gary and Lindsay married in 1985.
Ø Official Website
Carl Fisher - Vocals / Nidge Miller - Guitar, Neil McLennan (Mackie) - Bass, Charlie Howe - Drums
Formed in 1980 in New Mills, Blitz were the label's first signing. Their debut release, a four track EP, was recorded very quickly, as were most singles on the label. The first pressing of 1000 copies were sold in a few days, mainly by mail order. A subsequent distribution deal with Rough Trade and Pinnacle led to sales of over 20,000 copies. Initial copies were all hand stamped as the label thought they would only sell 1000! Their debut album even hit the National charts! The band later became one of the most influential Punk bands of all time with numerous late 90's Punk bands covering their songs. Tragically, Nidge died in a road incident in Austin, Texas in February 2007 after a gig whilst touring with his reformed band.
Ø Blitz MySpace Site
Ø Voice Of A Generation Website
Ø Interview With Nidge in 2004
Mick Riffone - Vocals, Gaz Sumner - Guitar, Chris Hind - Bass, John McCallum - Drums
(Phil Gaul (Din) - Drums on "The Future Must Be Ours" track)
Hailing from Southport, Blitzkrieg were formed in 1979 but their progress was hindered by constant line up changes. They released just one EP for No Future, as well as appearing on "A Country Fit For Heroes". Phil left the band shortly after releasing their debut vinyl appearance on the "Country Fit For Heroes" EP. He was replaced by John, who in turn left in 1982, replaced by David Ellesmere (from The Insane) and the band released their "Animals In Lipstick" EP before splitting up shortly afterwards due to personality clashes. Riffone and Ellesmere reformed the band in 1987 and embarked upon a brief tour. They reformed again in 1990, releasing an LP "The Future Must Be Ours" for Retch Records in 1991, which includes remixed versions of their No Future release as well as some previously unreleased material.
Ø Official Website
Ø Wikipedia Entry
Cardinal Jesus Hate - Vocals, J.J. Bedsore - Guitar, Muttly - Bass, Frankie Flame - Piano/Synthesizer, Dr. Wildthing - Drums
Originally called Coming Blood, they were regarded as quite entertaining South East London lads. The Blood recorded a full tilt thrash "Megalomania" which featured some tender piano parts courtesy of Frankie Flame. They then moved to Noise Records and released the "False Gestures For A Devious Public" album and "Stark Raving Normal" single, before issuing the Metal tinged "Se Pare Nex" mini LP. Reformed in 1989 and again in 1996, they are still going today, albeit with a different line up.
Ø The Blood Website
Mike Magrann - Vocals/Guitar, Kimm Gardener - Vocals/Guitar, Larry Kelley - Bass, Mike Burton - Drums
(Jack Debaun - Drums on "After The Lights Go Out" LP)
This American band were formed in Cerritos, California in 1980 by school friends Magrann and Gardener. They has already released the self-titled "CH3 EP" before their No Future releases were licenced from the U.S. label, Posh Boy Records - the album "I've Got A Gun" was basically a repackaged version of "Fear Of Life". They continued recording steadily throughout the early eighties (even experimenting with a 5-man line up), but only a brief European tour in 1994 reminded their fans that the band were still around. However, with the core members of Magrann and Gardener, Channel 3 returned to a four-piece band and released a powerful self titled LP in 2002.
Ø Official Website
Nigel Truearthur (Nidge) - Vocals, Andy - Guitar, Ian Truearthur - Bass, Duncan - Drums
Hailing from South Yorkshire, The Crash were formed by brothers Nidge and Ian. Originally, the four tracks featured on the split 12" with Crux were released as a white label 7" off their own back. Unfortunately they never issued anything else and disappeared almost as quickly as they had arrived.
Andy McGrath - Vocals, Mick McGrath - Guitar, Terry Higgins - Bass, Andy Garner - Drums
Formed in 1978 by brothers Andy and Mick, the Nuneaton based Crux made their vinyl debut on "A Country Fit For Heroes". They then released the split 12" with The Crash, with each band contributing four tracks. They later appeared on "Oi! Oi! That's Yer Lot", before splitting in 1984.
Ø Crux MySpace Site
Dean Mitchell - Vocals, Simon Middlehurst - Guitar, Stephen Prescott - Bass, David Ellesmere (Bambi) - Drums
Originally formed as a 5-piece band from Wigan in 1979, there were two bands called 'The Insane' for a while when the original band split. This line up recorded the three track "El
Salvador" EP at Cargo Studios in Rochdale before David Ellesmere left to join Discharge. The Insane actually saw 14 different line ups in their career and also recorded for Riot City Records. Both David and Simon later became members of A Flux Of Pink Indians.
Ø Wikipedia Entry
Rob Harrington (Spike) - Vocals, Andy Lealand - Guitar, Louise Wright - Bass, Mark Harris (Shark) - Drums
Formed in the summer of 1979 from Bridgend, South Wales, this very young band heavily influenced by The Sex Pistols, were capable of producing a very tight sound almost by accident. A
post-No Future member was bassist Dave Parsons. He replaced the lovely Louise (who was 17 years old at the time), appearing on the "Blind Ambition" EP and "The Time Was Right" LP before achieving fame with Transvision Vamp. He is now a member of mega-selling Bush! Andy and Rob have reformed The Partisans with a new line up, and have played a number of gigs as well as releasing new material.
Ø Official Website
Ø Interview (1982)
Ø Interview from Sounds Magazine (September 25th 1982)
Ø Interview from Punk + Disorderly fanzine (October 29th 1983)
Ø Interview (July 31st 2004)
Peter And The Test Tube Babies
Peter Bywaters - Vocals, Chris Marchant (Trapper) - Bass, Derek Greening - Guitar, Mark Storr-Hoggins (Ogs) - Drums
This Brighton based band, who formed in 1978, had already started to make a name for themselves before they approached No Future. They had already recorded a John Peel session and had appeared on the legendary "Oi! The Album" compilation. The label signed the band after receiving a tape containing the Peel sessions and "Banned From The Pubs", a song about life which is very important when you're just 18! They are going strong to this very day and still feature original members Peter and Derek.
Ø Official Home Page
Ø Interview With Peter (1982)
Ø Interview (2004)
Steve 'Cast Iron' Smith - Vocals, Tony Van Frater - Guitar, Gaz Stuart - Bass, Nobby - Drums
Led by Tony Van Frater, Red Alert were formed as a five-piece band from Sunderland, releasing their first EP in 1980. They were one of No Future's most prolific bands releasing three singles, a 12" and an album during their time with the label. They are still going strong to this very day and their current material is equally as exciting as their original releases. They have a close relationship with fellow Sunderland band Red London, and some band members have recorded material for both bands.
Ø Official Home Page
Ø Interview with Tony Van Frater (May 2000)
Ø Interview With Steve (2006)
Ø Red Alert MySpace Site
Rose Of Victory
Nigel Beverley - Vocals, Nidge Miller - Guitar, Neil McLennan (Mackie) - Bass, Gary Bowler - Drums
Nidge and Mackie from Blitz spent a weekend in a Stockport studio and covered the David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust classic "Suffragette City" for fun. This was Rose Of Victory's only release.
Sean Taylor (Badger) - Vocals, Dave Evans - Guitar, Pascal Smith (Pecker) - Bass, Rick Vividhead - Drums
This four piece band from Worcester were managed for a couple of years by No Future supremo Chris Berry. They released a single "Vendetta" in 1980 on their own record label, before featuring on "A Country Fit For Heroes". Their only single for No Future, "Dead Hero", was coincidently released a week before the Falklands War. A couple of music papers refused to print promotions for the single until a press release was issued explaining that the song was written about the First World War. It went on to sell 7,500 copies. A follow-up single entitled "Nobody Cares" was recorded for No Future, but the label folded before its release.
Ø Samples Website
The Screaming Dead
Sam Bignall - Vocals, Tony McCormack - Guitar, Mal Page - Bass/Piano/Organ, Mark Ogilvie - Drums
A heavily Damned influenced band, The Screaming Dead came from Cheltenham and were Gothic through and through. Letters to the No Future label were always accompanied by intricate illustrations - the band's presentation was amazing and they certainly lived the part! They released three singles for No Future and two more afterwards before folding in 1987. A retrospective CD album entitled "Bring Out Yer Dead" was released in 1993, and they reformed to release another CD, entitled "Death Rides Out" in 2000, comprising some new versions of their old material as well as some new material. Tony later formed Inkubus Sukkubus, with whom he is still touring and recording.
Ø Official Website
Ø Interview With Tony (1999)
Helen Hill - Vocals, Shaun Styles (Cess or Stylesy) - Vocals, Mark Cole (Coley) - Guitar, John Marchington (Matchi) - Bass, Anthony Hall (Ajax) - Drums
From New Mills, this was another of the good Punk/Oi! bands produced in the Stockport/Manchester area. The Violators used the stark imagery from the film "A Clockwork Orange" to great effect. Never really comfortable in the punk role they, nevertheless, produced some great songs and were much liked by Garry Bushell of 'Sounds' who gave them a lot of press. They split very soon after the release of their second single. Helen and Coley formed Taboo, but
never issued any singles. The rest of the band continued briefly as The Violators, releasing a further single on No Future's sister label, Future Records. Styles and Marchington then formed "Ice The Falling Rain", releasing further material on Future Records. Please note that this is not the same band who released a single called "NY Ripper" in 1980.
Ø Interview With Cess (about 2005)
Ø Interview from Sounds Magazine (October 16th 1982)
Ø Violators MySpace Site
Andy Griffiths (Andzy) - Vocals, Rab Fae Beith - Guitar/Bass/Drums
The Wall had slimmed to a duo by the time they signed to No Future Records, having issued singles for Small Wonder and Fresh Records as well as spending a short time with Polydor Records. The Wall liked what No Future was about but hated the "Oi!"
tag of the catalogue numbers, hence their release going out as 02.21. They decided upon The Beatles "Day Tripper" as an initial release, along with Slade's "When I'm Dancing", which was recorded at Grass Studio in North London. Rab later played in the U.K.Subs and formed RFB Records issuing music by Broken Bones and Condemned 84. They contemplated releasing an album called "Pink Floyd" to return the compliment paid to them by the supergroup. However, this never materialised as there was doubt as to whether Pink Floyd would see the funny side of it.
Bands Who Have Only Appeared On A Compilation Release
Pete Chilvers - Vocals, Steve Curtis - Guitar, Nigel Boulton - Bass, Tony Cullingford - Drums (not Kevin as listed)
Formed in 1981 from Lowestoft, A.B.H. made their first appearance on "A Country Fit For Heroes Vol 2". This was followed it up with "Don't Mess With The SAS" on the legendary "Oi! Of Sex" compilation, a track for which they made a superb promo video, one of the first ever Oi!-related promo's.
Ø Official Website
Stewart Goldie - Vocals, Damien Thompson - Guitar, David Wright - Bass, Mark Harrison - Drums
From Lichfield, Birmingham, their one and only demo (comprising seven-tracks) earned them a place on "A Country Fit For Heroes Vol 2" which is their only appearance on vinyl. The band split up just after its release. Damien went on to play in the Varukers, and then Sacrilege who made several releases from 1985 to 1989.
Tommy Wallace - Vocals, Ian Wallace - Guitar, Ricky McGuire - Bass, John Hamilton - Drums
Hailing from Scotland, Chaotic Youth had to turn down a UK tour offer with the Exploited due to lack of transport or equipment. They released a four-track EP in 1983, entitled "Sad Society E.P.", and later had two tracks on Beat The System's "Total Anarchy" compilation alongside bands such as One Way System and Uproar.
Chris - Vocals, Keef - Guitar, Spud - Bass, Terry - Drums
From Eastbourne, Sussex.
Nigel Barton - Vocals/Bass, Kenneth Messenger (Mesh) - Guitar, Mark Ridley - Drums
Formed in late 1980 in the Cumbrian town of Aspatria, Distortion changed their name from Barbed Wire on the night of their first gig. A recording of one of their practices was sent to No Future, who asked them to record a track for "A Country Fit For Heroes". However, on the morning they were due to record it, their guitarist announced he was leaving the band. The line up was shuffled and the track was duly recorded with the remaining three members. Unfortunately, by the time the record came out, the band had folded. They reformed briefly in 1982 with a different line up, again in 1993, and have since released a 16-track tape, two LPs and several singles, as well as appearing on a number of compilations.
Ø Interview (1999)
Maz - Vocals, Junior - Guitar, Paul - Bass, Floyd - Drums
Dave - Vocals, Neil - Guitar, Martin - Bass, Paul - Drums
Paul Thomas - Vocals, Tony Thomas - Lead Guitar, Bill - Rhythm Guitar, Marcus - Bass, Sid - Drums
From Cwmbran in Wales, they also released a 7" called "Punk Christmas" in 1983.
Iain Kilgallon - Vocals/Bass, Liam Knight - Guitar, Steve - Drums
From Crawley, but originated from Scotland. Released a three-track EP in 1984, followed by a six-track 12" on Link in 1987. Eight tracks for an LP were recorded, but this project was never completed. Iain now fronts the band Beerzone.
Carl - Vocals, Ian - Guitar, Sean - Bass, Rob - Drums
From Sheffield, they contributed to a number of compilations, but never issued anything of their own.
Liam - Vocals, John - Guitar, Bob - Bass, Stevie - Drums
From Livingstone in Scotland
One Way System
Gavin Whyte - Vocals, Dave Ross - Guitar, Gaz Buckley - Bass, Tom Couch - Drums
From Fleetwood, a seaside fishing town in Lancashire, One Way System were formed in 1979. It is ironic that they only recorded a single track for No Future, appearing on "A Country Fit For Heroes", yet they are arguably the biggest and most successful of all the bands who ever recorded material on the label. They are still recording new material to the very day.
Ø Official Website
Paddy Feechan - Vocals, Ron Smith - Guitar, Graham Stewart - Bass, John Hart - Drums
From Leven in Scotland, Patrol never split up - they just didn't release anything of their own and stopped gigging in 1987. Their two tracks on "A Country Fit For Heroes Vol 2" is one of a few appearances on compilation LPs, however they released Unknown Soldiers as a six track EP in 2001.
Ø Official Website
Sacky - Vocals, Mick - Guitar, Si - Bass, Phil - Drums
Formed in January 1981 in Manchester, Protest got their first support gig just TWO weeks later ... with the Exploited! After a few more local gigs, they had enough cash to record their "Abrasive Youth" demo in July 1981. After a few more local gigs, they were given supporting slots with both The Angelic Upstarts and The Four Skins, before returning to the recording studio. During the Moss Side riots of 1981, Protest were offered a place in a BBC documentary about Oi! This was declined. After a few quiet months, the deal with No Future came about, and a set of new songs were written. I don't know whether these were ever recorded. Finally, an interesting snippet, Sacky shouted "Youth" a few times on the "Carry On Oi!" version of the Blitz track.
Huw Morgan (Iva) - Vocals, Sid - Guitar, Greg Evans - Bass, Nicky Hook - Drums
Hailing from Swansea, they also had a track on the Bullshit Detector Vol. 2 compilation. Iva was top punk in Swansea and used to walk around with a goat on a string.