Major Accident

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Major Accident
Also known as Accident
Origin Darlington, England
Genres Punk rock
Clockwork Orange punk
Street punk
Oi!
Years active 1977–1985
1996–2000
Labels Step Forward
Flicknife
Syndicate
Toxic Shock
We Bite Records
Link Records
Upstart Productions
DSS Records
Captain Oi!
Combat Rock
GMM
Dojo Limited
Past members (Vocals)
Paul Larkin
(Bass)
Con Larkin
Ritz
(Guitar) '
Ian Timms
David Hammond
Andy Wears
Staps
Andy Harding
(Drums)
Andy Lazenby (Laze)
Evo
Col Stephenson
Porky Stephenson
Stu Lee
Gary Jones
Rich
Craig
Big G

Major Accident (also known as Accident) is a punk band from the North East of England.[1]

Clockwork punks[edit]

Major Accident popularized the punk style from the 1970s film A Clockwork Orange, which is derived from the fashions portrayed in Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess's novel, A Clockwork Orange.[2] Like the film's protagonist Alex, Clockwork Orange street punks wore bowler hats, white shirts, white trousers and black boots. Followers, including members of Major Accident, also occasionally wore fishtail coats, though more often they wore black leather biker jackets. As with the film's protagonist, an appreciation of Ludwig van Beethoven's music was also present, with the composer's 9th Symphony played with guitar, bass and drums for The Glorious 9th and The March. Little evidence of any further interest in classical music was shown from the band.[1][3][4] Major Accident's use of A Clockwork Orange imagery is also seen in their sleeve designs, with every one of their LPs, CDs and seven-inch singles using stark black and white imagery (though they began to include red after their 1996 reformation), with characters dressed in the Clockwork Orange style. Their association with the film continues: their final album in 1985 (before their reformation) ...Crazy! depicts one of the film's final scenes. The protagonist, Alex, is shown strapped into a laboratory chair, his eyes held open with metal clips.[5]

Other leading 1980s Clockwork punk bands include The Adicts (whose version had a more fun, circus-clown emphasis), Die Toten Hosen (who released the themed album Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau) and Blitz (who wore some of the dress later in their career). [6]

1977–1985[edit]

Major Accident was originally formed in late 1977 in Darlington, though the band didn't reach a recording studio until the early 1980s, when they recorded an unreleased version of Massacred Melodies (later re-recorded to become their first LP) and the single War Boots. The band released their first single, Mr Nobody, with Step-Forward Records before release of their first studio LP (with the same label), which was promoted with a UK tour supporting Chelsea. Follow-up singles Fight To Win, Leaders of Tomorrow (featuring drummer Evo, formerly from Angelic Upstarts, The Blood and Warfare) and Respectable appeared on the Flicknife Records label, together with the LP A Clockwork Legion, by which time the band's name had been shortened to Accident. At this time the band appeared on BBC2 playing three songs live.[7] American label Toxic Shock released a follow-up album ...Crazy! in 1985, just before the band split up.[1][3][4][8]

1996–Present[edit]

Major Accident re-formed in 1996 using the full name rather than Accident as on the previous two LPs. The re-formation was launched with a new studio album, The Ultimate High, released on We Bite Records, with a seven-inch single, Representation Not Reality, released in 1999 on Upstart Productions. The band's final release was a split album with Welsh street punks Foreign Legion Cry Of Legion.[1][3][8][9][10]

Live performances followed, including a Clockwork-Punk-themed night at New York's CBGB's in 2001,[11] before drummer Laze was involved in a motorcycle accident which gave the band an unexpected break for a couple of years. They currently play two or three concerts each year, when time allows and inclination exists.

Discography[edit]

Other versions of these releases also exist on other record labels. Those listed here are the original release versions.[12]

7 inch vinyls[edit]

Year of release Title Label Vinyl colour(s) Cat. No.
1983 Mr Nobody / That's You Step-Forward Records Black SF 23
1983 Fight to Win / Freeman Flicknife Records Black FLS216
1983 Leaders of Tomorrow / Breakaway / Dayo Flicknife Records Black FLS 023
1984 Respectable / The Man on the Wall Flicknife Records Black FLS 026
1994 Warboots / Terrorist Gang (Unofficial release) Combat Rock White / Black CR 012
1999 Representation Not Reality / Step By Step Upstart Productions Clear Burgundy Up7001

Studio albums[edit]

Year of release Title Tracks Label Format Vinyl Colour Cat. No.
1982 Massacred Melodies Schizophrenic / (Standing On The) Sidelines / Last Night / Psycho / People / Terrorist Gang / Warboots / Mr Nobody / Self Appointed Hero / That's You / Brides Of The Beast / Classified Information / Middle Class Entertainment /Clockwork Toys Step-Forward Records Vinyl White / Black SFLP 9
1984 A Clockwork Legion Respectable / Twisted Mind / Affliction / Cue The Dead / Leaders Of Tomorrow / Intro / The March / Sorry / Fight To Win / Bad Company / Vendetta Flicknife Records Vinyl Black SHARP 016
1985 ...Crazy! Crazy / Get Ready / Valerie / Camouflage / Band Played On / Get Ready (Dub) / Bad Co. / Leaders / Sorry / The Man On The Wall / Respectable / Twisted Mind / Cue The Dead Toxic Shock Records / Massacred Music Vinyl Black SACRED3
1996 The Ultimate High Wired / The Ultimate High / Better Off Without You / Stay Away From Me / Lies / Your Worst Enemy / Pervert / Nightmare / They're Gonna Kick To Kill / Gang Warfare / Joy Rider / Snap / Crazy We Bite Vinyl / CD Black WB1-160-1 / WB 1-160-2

Studio split album[edit]

Year of release Title Split artist Major Accident tracks Label Format Vinyl Colour Cat. No.
2001 Cry Of The Legion Foreign Legion Outta Control / Step By Step / Wasted Years / Déjà Vu / Ghost In My House / Representation Not Reality DSS Vinyl / CD Black / White DSS025 / DSS024

Live album[edit]

Year of release Title Tracks Label Format Cat. No.
1984 Tortured Tunes (Live-The Official Bootleg) Cue The Dead / Fight To Win / Brides Of The Beast / Schizo / Freeman / Mr. Nobody / Sorry / Respectable / Bad Company / M.C.E. / Warboots / White Riot / Oxo / Hokey Cokey / Breakaway / Headbanger / Dayo Syndicate Records Vinyl SYN LP 9

Compilation albums[edit]

Year of release Title Type Tracks Label Format Cat. No.
1985 Pneumatic Pneurosis Singles Mr Nobody / Fight To Win / Leaders Of Tomorrow / Respectable / The Glorious 9th / That's You / Freeman / Dayo / Breakaway / The Man On The Wall Flicknife Records Vinyl SHARP 027
1994 Massacred Melodies / A Clockwork Legion Two albums Schizophrenic / (Standing On The) Sidelines / Last Night / Psycho / People / Terrorist Gang / Warboots / Mr. Nobody / Self Appointed Hero / That's You / Brides Of The Beast / Classified Information / Middle Class Entertainment / Clockwork Toys / Respectable / Twisted Mind / Affliction / Cue The Dead / Leaders Of Tomorrow / A Clockwork Legion (1. Intro 2. The March) / Sorry (We Can't Help You) / Fight To Win / Vendetta Captain Oi! Records CD AHOY CD 27
1996 Crazy / Tortured Tunes Two albums Crazy / Get Ready / Valerie / Camouflage / Band Played On / Sherwood Rangers / Bad Co. / Leaders / Sorry / The Man On The Wall / Respectable / Twisted Mind / Cue The Dead / Tortured Tunes / Cue The Dead / Fight To Win / Brides Of The Beast / Freeman / Mr. Nobody / M.C.E. / Warboots / White Riot / Hokey Cokey / Breakaway / Headbanger / Dayo Dojo Limited CD LOMACD43
1998 Clockwork Heroes Best of Warboots / Terrorist Gang / Mr. Nobody / That's You / Schizophrenic / Brides Of The Beast / Clockwork Toys / Fight To Win / Freeman / Leaders Of Tomorrow / Dayo / Breakaway / Glorious 9th / Twisted Mind / Cue The Dead / Sorry / Bad Company / Respectable / Man On The Wall / Crazy / Valerie / Band Played On / Sherwood Rangers Captain Oi! Records CD AHOY CD 16
2004 The Clockwork Demos Demos Terrorist Gang / Standing On The Sidelines / People Like You / Suzy Is A Headbanger (originally by the Ramones) / Headline Story / That's You / Self Appointed Hero / Black And White / Wasted Life (originally by Stiff Little Fingers) / White Riot (originally by The Clash) / Alternative Ulster (originally by Stiff Little Fingers / Borstal Breakout (originally by Sham 69) / Oxo Song / In The World Today / Blitzkrieg Bop (originally by the Ramones) / Garageland (originally by The Clash) / Crazy / The Radio Interview Captain Oi! Records / Durty Mick Records CD / Ltd. White Vinyl AHOY CD 56 / DMR0008-1

Video[edit]

Year of release Title Tracks Label Format Cat. No.
1997 Live In Munich '96 Mr Nobody / Crazy / Warboots / Worst Enemy / Respectable / Schizophrenic / Wired / Joyride / Phycho / Fight To Win / The Ultimate High / Bad Company / Cue The Dead / Brides Of The Beast / Last Rough Cause / Leaders Of Tomorrow RF VHS, PAL RF113

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Leaders of Tomorrow/Massacred Melodies CD (AHOY CD 27) sleeve notes
  3. ^ a b c Rebecca Pollard rebecca@punkoiuk.co.uk (1999-04-21). "PUNK & OI IN THE UK - www.punkoiuk.co.uk : Major Accident Interview". www.punkoiuk.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
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  11. ^ "Templars, The - Major Accident - Adolf And The Piss Artists - Run Like Hell - Urban Riot - Foreign Legion - Zyklon Zeros". GigPosters.com. 2004-10-06. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
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