Alien Sex Fiend
|Alien Sex Fiend|
|Genres||Deathrock, gothic rock|
|Labels||Anagram, 13th Moon, Flicknife|
|Past members||Yaxi Highrizer
Alien Sex Fiend was formed by Nik Wade (Nik Fiend), Chrissie Wade (Mrs Fiend), David James (Yaxi Highrizer) and Johnny Freshwater (Johnny Ha-Ha) in late 1982 at the Batcave club in London (where Nik worked). The band became known in the gothic scene for its dark, electronic industrial sound, heavy samples and loops and manic vocals. Wade had previously been a member of the Alice Cooper-influenced bands The Earwigs and Mr. & Mrs. Demeanour, and later the punk band Demon Preachers (later known as The Demons).
Alien Sex Fiend recorded a cassette (The Lewd, The Mad, the Ugly and Old Nick) with Youth of Killing Joke, which brought them to the attention of the UK music press. They signed to the Cherry Red sub-label Anagram Records, releasing their first single, "Ignore the Machine", in August 1983. The single was immediately successful on the UK Independent Chart, reaching No. 6, with a further eleven singles and five albums reaching top-twenty positions in the chart in the period up to 1987.
The band released the world's first 11" single ("E.S.T. (Trip to the Moon)") in October 1984.
The band recorded two BBC Peel Sessions in 1984. In the May session they recorded "Attack!!!", "Dead and Buried", "Ignore the Machine" and "Hee Haw"; in the August session, "In God We Trust", "E.S.T. (Trip to the Moon)" and "Boneshaker Baby".
In October 1985, their third studio album Maximum Security reached No. 100 on the UK Albums Chart and remained there for the week of 12 October. They also had two top-100 singles with "Dead and Buried" in August 1984 (No. 91) and a reissued "Ignore the Machine" in March 1985 (No. 99). Throughout the early 1980s their work was frequently in the UK Indie Chart and remained a fixture on college radio.
The band also became popular in Japan, and in 1985 the band released a live album that was recorded there. Freshwater left in 1985, and the band continued as a three-piece, supporting Alice Cooper on his The Nightmare Returns tour in 1986. The band was reduced to a duo of the Wades in 1988 when David James left.
The band recorded a one-off single as The Dynamic Duo with recording and live engineer Len Davies before continuing as Alien Sex Fiend, incorporating electronics and sampling even more into their sound. They reverted to a four-piece with the addition of Rat Fink Jr. (drums and guitar) and Doc Milton (keyboards). Following the departure of Milton and Fink (the latter going on to play drums in Uncle Fester / UFX), the Wades became a duo once again and launched their own 13th Moon label in 1996.
- Studio albums
- The Lewd, The Mad, the Ugly and Old Nik (1983)
- Who's Been Sleeping in My Brain (1983)
- Acid Bath (1984)
- Maximum Security (1985)
- "It" – The Album (1986)
- Here Cum Germs (1987)
- Another Planet (1988)
- Curse (1990)
- Open Head Surgery (1992)
- Inferno (1994)
- Nocturnal Emissions (1997)
- Information Overload (2004)
- Death Trip (2010)
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- "Alien Sex Fiend | Artist | Official Charts". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
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