Above the Ruins
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|Above the Ruins|
|Past members||Tony Wakeford|
After being asked to leave Death In June in 1984 due to his then membership in the British National Front, Tony Wakeford formed Above the Ruins. None of the group's releases name any of its members. Wakeford never said which other persons were involved in the group, but Gary Smith, Liz Grey and Ian Read are said to have participated.
Above the Ruins released one mini album, entitled Songs of the Wolf. The album's sound was similar to the dark post-punk of early Death In June. The group also contributed a track to the British National Front benefit album No Surrender Vol 1 alongside the neo-Nazi/White power skinhead groups Skrewdriver and Brutal Attack. The lyrics were dedicated to subjects like patriotism, anti-Marxism, anti-egalitarianism and anti-multiculturalism, articulated explicitly in the song "Progress". For some of his lyrics, Wakeford used (slightly altered) passages from the book 1957: Before the Storm by Paul Comben, published in 1984 by right-wing activist Richard Lawson.
The political affiliations and content of Above the Ruins led to on-going criticism of Wakeford's musical output. Wakeford formed Sol Invictus shortly after this project was abandoned. In 2007, he stated that he has had no connection or interest in such ideas for 20 or more years.
- Songs of the Wolf (Mini album) - Originally a cassette only release. Issued on vinyl in 1986 and CD in 1996.
- Stewart Home: Tony Wakeford, Sol Invictus & Above The Ruins: With a Bit Of Boyd Rice & fascism [unreliable source?]
- James Cavanagh: Piss Poor Poet Found in the Dustbin of History .[unreliable source?]
- "A message from Tony" by Tony Wakeford, dated 14 February 2007, from the official Tursa Records website.