Benjie Bollox

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Benjie Bollox
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Background information
Born 1972 (age 41–42)
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Punk rock, new wave
Occupations Musician, songwriter, actor, photographer, writer & artist
Instruments Vocals, drums, harmonica,keyboards
Years active 1988–2003
Associated acts The Visitors
UK Subs
Splodgenessabounds
Riot Squad (USA)

Biography[edit]

Benjie Bollox (born 1972) is a musician, photographer, songwriter, DJ & artist. He has performed in many bands and side projects. Focused here are the main bands that Benjie Bollox has been involved with.

In 1988, Benjie formed The Abnormals, in which he was the singer. They had a mix of covers and originals. The Abnormals were around for about a year but went through a few drummers and were having trouble finding a steady drummer. A friend of the band named Joe knew all the words of the songs, so Benjie took over drum duties and Joe took over singing duties. They decided with the change, to change the name of the band and so they agreed on the name Riot Squad. They were unaware at the time of the other Riot Squad. Riot Squad played from 1989 until 1990 releasing a self-titled cassette in 1990. In 1991, Benjie and some friends put together a band called The Vagrants in which he played drums. Benjie left after a short while, but the band continued and went on to become well known as Terminal Disgust.

In 1994, Benjie's former Riot Squad band mate, Joe asked Benjie if he would like to drum for his rockabilly band he was putting together. They called themselves the Black Cats. After a short while, they decided to put some distortion into the guitar and go back under the name Riot Squad again. They released an album called "The Undying Breed" in 1995. The band played many gigs, opening for bands such as Fear and The Business. Due to a conflict of interests in music, Benjie departed in 1995 and returned to London where he continued to DJ in various clubs.

In early 1996, Benjie and Charlie Harper (singer) from UK Subs joined forces and eventually recorded some new UK Subs tracks at a studio in New Cross with Benjie on drums. It was at this studio where Charlie and Benjie wrote a song together called 'Riot'. Riot was released with some other new UK Subs tracks that they recorded that week in New Cross and was released on the Various Artists CD titled British Punkinvasion II. Benjie worked with Charlie on and off until the spring of 1998. Also, during this time period between 1996 and 1998, Benjie was the official coconut player for the legendary Splodgenessabounds.

In early 1998, Benjie Bollox met up with former Severed Heads member and former Riot Squad stand in guitarist Steve Jones to form a band together in which Benjie was singing again. Another former band member of Steve Jones named Johnny Bastard was enticed into the fray and along with him came ex Head Cleaner, Ted Uhlemann. Frenzied gigs around town saw The Visitors blend of punk rock, new wave and pure rock and roll attract a group of fans as wild as the band. The first LP "Sniffing Glue" came out in June '98 on Mind Kontrol Records with the controversial cover that was designed for The Visitors by Tom Ellard of Severed Heads and right after that was the limited edition LP "Visitors Peas & Chips Please Twice" on Noise Noise Noise Records which was released in August '98 and immediately the group attracted international acclaim. Their fourth LP, the more melodic "Thanks For Nothing" also released on Noise Noise Noise Records, released in July 2001 saw the group firmly established as one of the cities most celebrated artists.

As The Visitors LP's continued to sell constantly, they were named one of the top 25 independent bands in the USA and shot to number one in Billboard's independent charts for a whole week straight, but it has always been the live gigs that the group has been treasured for the most. The Visitors completed a USA tour in the fall of 2002 entitled "Visitour 2002". Over the years, they have toured with legendary UK punk bands UK Subs, The Vibrators & Vice Squad. The Visitors received commercial media attention and radio airplay from New York, to Europe & Australia.

The Visitors were even featured in the full length Jordan Sussman film The Anarchist Cookbook.[1] Benjie also played a heroin addict in the film Upside Downtown,[2] and as himself in the documentaries DFW Punk and "Charlie Harper, 20 Years of Chaos".

The Visitors last studio album, This is the End, clearly represented a calculated change in their musical direction. This album offered all the energy of punk, coupled with The Visitors own inimitable and diverse style. The Visitors went their separate ways in 2003 and Benjie retired from the music industry. Bollox now lives in London, England.

Discography[edit]

  • Singles

UK Subs-Riot 98 EP (7", Jungle Records, 1998) (Backing vocals on "Riot" and "UK Subversives").

  • Studio Albums

Riot Squad-Punk Invasion 1990 (Cassette, Riot Squad, 1990) Drums and backing vocals.

Riot Squad-Wine (Cassette, Riot Squad Records Ltd. 1994) Drums and backing vocals.

Riot Squad-The Undying Breed (LP, Last Beat Records, 1995) Drums, vocals and backing vocals.[3] album cover designed by (AN)drew Madinc[4]

Fallout (Cassette, Relgud Music, 1997) Vocals.

The Visitors-Sniffing Glue (CD, Mind Control Records, 1998. Cassette, Bughlt Records) (Vocals).[5]

UK Subs-Submission (CD, Fallout/Jungle Records, 1999) (Backing vocals on "Riot")

The Visitors UK-The Visitors UK (Cassette, Bughlt Records, 1999) (Vocals).

The Visitors-Visitors Peas and Chips Please Twice (Cassette, Bughlt Records, 1999) (Vocals).[6]

The Visitors-Always on the Case (CD, Noise Noise Noise, 2000, reissued in 2003 by MP3) (Vocals).

The Visitors-Thanks for Nothing (CD, 21st century Punk, 2001) (Vocals). )[6]

The Visitors-This is the End (CD, Noise Noise Noise, 2003) (Vocals, drums and harmonica). )[6]

UK Subs-Before You Were Punk (CD, Anarchy Music, 2004) (Backing vocals on "Riot")

  • Compilations

Last Beat Records-Last Beat Records (CD, Last Beat Records, 1994) Riot Squad-Riot Squad (Give it some Bollocks) (Drums and vocals).

The British Punkinvasion Vol. 2 (CD, High Society International, 1996) UK Subs-Riot/Hops and Barley (Drums and backing vocals).

Holidays in the Sun Volume 2 (CD, Visionary, 1997) Splodgenessabounds-Two Little Boys (Coconuts and backing vocals).

Anarchy for Money (CD, Detroit Noise, 1999) The Visitors-No Future (Vocals).

The International Punk Rock Box Set (CD box set, Meathead Records, 2000) The Visitors-Mirror (Vocals).

It Don't Come Right to Me (CD, Bedsit Records, 2001) The Visitors-Thanks for Nothing (Vocals).

Expo Gold (CD, Devada Media, 2002) Benjie Bollox and Miriam Delirium-Money Changes Everything (Vocals).

Brand New Rage (CD, DSS, 2003) The Visitors-In the Wild (Vocals and Drums). The Classics-Hops and Barley (Guest vocals).

  • Films

Anarchist Cookbook (VHS and DVD, Warner Home Video, 2003). Featuring The Visitors.

Charlie Harper-20 Years of Chaos (Mads Ronning, 1996).[7]

Splodgenessabounds-Blackpool Winter Gardens (VHS, Barn End Productions, 1996).

Holidays in the Sun 2 (VHS, Visionary, 1997. DVD Cherry Red UK, 2005) With Splodgenessabounds.

Upside Downtown (2005, Ramzi Abed).[8]

DFW Punk (Laura Tabor, 2008).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Benjie Bollox". IMDb.com. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Upside Downtown (2005)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Riot Squad: Information from". Answers.com. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Robert Wilonsky (4 January 1996). "Out Here – Page 1 – Music – Dallas". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Visitors | Sniffing Glue | CD Baby Music Store". Cdbaby.com. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "The Visitors | Free Music, Mixes, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Charlie Harper, 20 Years of Chaos". Lfs.org.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "DFW Punk (2008) – IMDb". Us.imdb.com. Retrieved 18 June 2013.