|Birth name||Donna Tracey Boylan|
|Born||1964 (age 49–50)
|Genres||Anarcho punk, new wave|
|Labels||Crass Records, EMI/Zonophone|
|Associated acts||Fatal Microbes, Crass, Dog's Tooth Violet|
Honey Bane began her musical career at the age of 14 in 1978 when she formed the punk rock band the Fatal Microbes. The band released a split 12" record with anarcho-punk band Poison Girls the same year. The first single, "Violence Grows" garnered some press attention and was given positive reviews by the British music paper Sounds.
After the 1979 breakup of the Fatal Microbes, and a stint in a juvenile detention facility that garnered more press attention, Bane began a collaboration with Crass while she was on the run from the Social Services after serving a sentence at the St. Charles Youth Treatment Centre in Essex. Lending lead vocals and backed by the band under the name Donna and the Kebabs, Crass released the EP You Can Be You in 1980. That same year, Bane sang vocals for Killing Joke on "What's the Matter" during a February 1980 gig at London's Venue club. The recording was later released as on Killing Joke - Live At The Venue LP.
In 1980, she met Sham 69 vocalist Jimmy Pursey who began to manage her musical career. That year she was signed to EMI/Zonophone records for a five-year contract. In 1981 the single "Turn Me On Turn Me Off" was released and peaked in the UK Singles Chart at #37, and Bane subsequently appeared performing the single on Top of the Pops. "Turn Me On Turn Me Off" marked a musical departure of Bane from punk rock to a new wave sound.
Although she released several more singles, none charted well and her musical career floundered. In 1982, she appeared in the play Demonstration of Affection by Chris Ward opposite Richard Jobson of The Skids at London's Arts Theatre. In 1983, she gained a prominent role in the Mai Zetterling directed British film Scrubbers. Bane played the role of Molly and the film centered on the lives of young women incarcerated in a British girls' borstal. The film also featured actors Kathy Burke, Pam St. Clement, Robbie Coltrane and Miriam Margolyes.
Bane spent the remainder of the 1980s as a pin-up model for erotic magazines. During the 1990s, she fronted the band Dog's Tooth Violet. In 2006, she released a two track 7" single entitled "Down Thing"/"Got Me All Wrong".
In 2008, Bane appeared in a role in the Chris Ward-written and directed short film What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor, based on the life of artist/model Nina Hamnett, self-styled "Queen of Bohemia", starring Siobhan Fahey (ex singer with Bananarama and Shakespears Sister), actor Clive Arrindel and Donny Tourette (frontman with punk band Towers of London).
In 2014, Bane will be releasing her first full studio album titled Acceptance of Existence. The compact disc and 12" vinyl will be released by Eromeda Entertainment. Bane will also release a "best of" compilation titled It's A Baneful Life - The Essential Collection, released via Walton Music.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 42. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Women in Punk" at Geocities.com
- Sounds, April 19, 1980
- Killing Joke - Live At The Venue
- Zig Zag, 1981
- kulon.com: 'WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE DRUNKEN SAILOR' (Chris Ward 2008)