Flux of Pink Indians

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Flux of Pink Indians
Also known as Flux
Origin Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
Genres Punk rock, post-punk, anarcho-punk
Years active 1980–1986
Labels Crass, Spiderleg, Overground Records, One Little Indian
Associated acts Discharge, Epileptics, Hotalacio, The Insane, Rubella Ballet
Past members Colin Latter
Derek Birkett
Andy Smith
Neil Puncher
Sid
Dave "Bambi" Ellesmere
Simon Middlehurst
Kevin Hunter
Martin Wilson

Flux of Pink Indians were an English peace-punk/post punk band, that originated from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.

Biography[edit]

Flux of Pink Indians performing live at Digbeth Civic Hall, Birmingham, 1981

The band formed in Hertfordshire, England in 1980 from the remaining members of the Epileptics (who later changed their name to Epi-X due to letters of complaint from The British Epilepsy Association) by Colin Latter (vocals) and Derek Birkett (bass guitar) with guitarists Andy Smith, Neil Puncher, and drummer Sid Ation (who was also a member of Rubella Ballet). In 1981 the group signed on with the Crass label; their debut EP, Neu Smell, was released on Crass Records in 1981, with indie hit Johnny Kidd.

Flux of Pink Indians resurfaced in 1982 with the full-length Strive to Survive Causing Least Suffering Possible released by their own label, Spiderleg.

In 1983 they released The Fucking Cunts Treat Us Like Pricks that was banned by many British retailers and copies were seized by Greater Manchester police from Eastern Bloc record shop, which was charged with displaying "Obscene Articles For Publication For Gain".

Ation departed FOPI to work full-time with his other band Rubella Ballet, and was soon replaced by Bambi, formerly of Discharge, while Smith was replaced by Simon Middlehurst. However, both departed quickly for their original band, The Insane. While auditioning for their replacements, Puncher also left, and the line up was completed by former Darlex and Epileptics guitarist Kevin Hunter and drummer Martin Wilson. An extensive interview with the band appeared in No Class fanzine,[1]

By 1986 the band had shortened their name to Flux and released their third album Uncarved Block, produced by Adrian Sherwood, and featuring several members of the On-U Sound Records label.

They disbanded in 1987.[2]

Flux performing material from Uncarved Block, University of London, 1986

Birkett, making use of his experiences with Spiderleg, set up One Little Indian Records. He still uses the Flux title for occasional projects. Latter went on to form the dance influenced Hotalacio, and was joined by drummer Wilson and guitarist Middlehurst.

In 2007, the band re-formed for an intended one-off gig supporting ex-Crass vocalist Steve Ignorant for his "The Feeding Of The 5000" gig at London's Shepherds Bush Empire in November of that year. The "Strive To Survive" era line-up (Latter, Hunter and Wilson) was joined by ex-Decadence Within bass player Ian Glasper replacing Birkett, and as a result of their well-received set the band played another three gigs in 2008, in Bradford, Dijon and London.

The band and their album Uncarved Block were mentioned in the 2013 book Taoism for Dummies, under the sidebar titled "An uncarved Flux of Pink anarchy."

Members[edit]

Original lineup[edit]

  • Colin Latter (vocals)
  • Derek Birkett (bass guitar)
  • Andy Smith (guitar)
  • Neil Puncher (guitar)
  • Sid Ation (drums)

Later members[edit]

  • Dave "Bambi" Ellesmere (drums)
  • Simon Middlehurst (guitar)
  • Kevin Hunter (guitar)
  • Martin Wilson (drums)
  • Louise Bell (guitar)
  • Tim Kelly (guitar)

Discography[3][edit]

(chart placings shown are from the UK independent chart unless stated otherwise)[4]

Flux of Pink Indians[edit]

LPs[edit]

Singles & EPs[edit]

  • Neu Smell (1981, Crass Records, 7", No. 2 - Re-released in 1987 credited to 'Flux', One Little Indian, 12", No. 30)
  • Taking A Liberty (7" - Spiderleg Records - 1984)

Compilations[edit]

  • Neu Smell / Taking a Liberty EP (12" - One Little Indian - 1987)
  • Strive To Survive & Neu Smell (LP - One Little Indian - 1989)
  • The Fucking Cunts Treat Us Like Pricks / Taking A Liberty (LP - One Little Indian - 1989)
  • Not So Brave (LP - Overground Records - 1997)
  • Live Statement (LP - Overground Records - 2002)
  • Fits and Starts (CD - Dr. Strange Records - 2003)

The Licks[edit]

  • 1970's E.P. (1979, Stortbeat Records, 7", BEAT8)

Tracks: "1970s Have Been Made In Hong Kong" / "System Rejects" / "Hitler's Still A Nazi" / "War Crimes"

The Epileptics[edit]

  • Last Bus To Debden EP (1981, Spiderleg, 7", SDL2) No. 17
  • 1970's E.P. (1982, Spiderleg, 7", SDL1) (re-recording of The Licks EP with Penny Rimbaud of Crass on drums) No. 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ No Class fanzine
  2. ^ Flux of Pink Indians on Allmusic.com
  3. ^ Flux of Pink Indians on Discogs.com
  4. ^ Lazell, Barry:"Indie Hits 1980-1989", 1997, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 206. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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