One Way System

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One Way System
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Punk rock
Street punk
Oi!
Years active 1979–1986
1995–present
Labels Beat The System, Anagram, Captain Oi!, Cleopatra, GMM, Cherry Red
Associated acts Boneyard Zombies,
UK Subs,
The Pink Torpedoes,
Sick 56,
The Fits,
The Terraces,
The Genocides
Website http://www.facebook.co.uk/onewaysystem
Members Tommy Couch
David Ross
Andy Wilkinson
Jay Susel
Past members Craig Halliday
Tez Mcdonald
Gavin Whyte
Andy Gibson
Gary Buckley
Lee Havok
Nigel Crosthwaite
Dave Brown
Pete Machin Roadrage
Britt

One Way System are a street punk band[1] formed in the Fleetwood area of Lancashire, England in 1979.[2]

Career[edit]

One Way System's initial line-up was Craig Halliday (guitar), Gavin Whyte (vocals), Tez Mcdonald (drums) and Gaz Buckley (bass), .[3] A demo of the song Jerusalem recorded by that lineup was later included on the A Country Fit For Heroes compilation album, released in January 1982 - Catalogue number Oi3 - which reached No. 4 in the UK Indie Charts. David Ross joined the band from Poulton-Le-Fylde band, Zyklon B [4] as second guitarist and in 1981 Blackpool's Lightbeat/Beat The System label, released the No Entry EP: A-side Stab The Judge b/w Riot Torn City and Me and You, featuring all 5 musicians.[5]

After some early personnel changes (Tez Mcdonald joined The Fits and it was decided that there was no need for two guitarists so Halliday left, resurfacing years later in Sick 56), the line-up settled down as Gav Whyte on vocals, Dave "Crabby" Ross on guitar, Gary Buckley on bass and Tommy Couch on drums.

The Give Us A Future 7" was the first release (ANA1) on Cherry Red's Anagram Records in 1982.[6] In the same year, Anagram also rereleased No Entry as the Stab The Judge EP (OWS2) and the single version of Jerusalem. One Way System became the first signing to Anagram with the release of their All Systems Go LP following the success of Give Us A Future in the indie charts and the band being featured on the front cover of UK national music paper Sounds (magazine).[7]

Between 1982 and 1984 the band had five Indie Chart hit singles and two Top Ten albums.[8][9] A U.S. West Coast tour alongside Circle Jerks in 1984 was abandoned when Keith Morris broke his neck, although the band managed to salvage one date with Suicidal Tendencies. In 1985 Gav Whyte was replaced on vocals by Andy Gibson of Preston punk band The Genocides and the band remained signed to Anagram until they split in early 1986 with enough songs written for an unreleased third album.

Tom Couch then spent 2 years with the UK Subs[10] and has since been voted one of the best punk drummers of all time.[11] One Way System was resurrected in 1995 with Gavin Whyte returning after Captain Oi! re-released All Systems Go [12] and Writing On The Wall [13] in CD format. Gaz Buckley left the band to be replaced by Dave Brown for a ten date European Tour. Brown was replaced in turn by Andy Wilkinson and, in 1996, Cleopatra issued a Best Of collection.[14] In 1996, whilst working on a new album, Gavin Whyte left the band and was replaced by longtime fan Lee Havok (real name Lee Pinkney) and it was with this line-up that undertook a tour of Japan.

A new CD, Waiting For Zero was released through GMM in 1998 [15] and Cherry Red released a Singles Collection in 2003.[16] The 2005 various artists compilation CD Give Us A Future (The History Of Anagram Records 1982-1987) took its name from the One Way System single of that name.[17]

More recently, White South African Lee Havok was replaced by ukNige (ex of Pink Torpedoes and, with OWS founder member Craig Halliday, Sick 56) on vocals and ukNige was then replaced by Jay Susel. In 2011, Couch and Wilkinson, while remaining in One Way System, joined singer Dunk Rock (UFX) and guitarist Tony Mitchell (Kiss of The Gypsy) in gothic psychobilly band Boneyard Zombies,[18][19] releasing the Death Rattle and Roll album in 2012. Both bands appeared at the 2012 Rebellion Festival in Blackpool. Recording for a new One Way System album is already underway and the band toured the U.S. West Coast in 2013. Gaz Buckley is currently in Aussie punk band The Terraces.

Selected discography[edit]

Chart placings shown are from the UK Indie Chart.[20]

Albums[edit]

  • All Systems Go (LP, Anagram 1982) No. 1
  • Writing On The Wall (LP, Anagram Records 1983) No. 6
  • The Best of One Way System (CD, Anagram Records 1995)
  • Forgotten Generation (CD, Cleopatra Records 1996)
  • Return In Breizh Live (CD, Visionary Records 1997)
  • Waiting For Zero (CD, GMM 1999)
  • Singles Collection (CD Cherry Red 2003)
  • Gutter Box Album Collection (3*LP-Box, Get Back Records(Italy) 1997))
  • Car Bombs In Babylon (CD Unreleased 2013)

Singles[edit]

  • "Stab The Judge / Riot Torn City" (7" EP, Beat The System 1982) No. 15
  • "Give Us A Future / Just Another Hero" (7", Anagram, 1982) No. 10
  • "Jerusalem / Jackie Was A Junkie" (7", Anagram 1982) No. 5
  • "Cum On Feel The Noize / Breakin` In" (7", Anagram 1983) No. 2
  • "This Is The Age / Into The Fires" (EP, Anagram 1983) No. 21
  • "Visions Of Angels" (12" EP, Anagram 1984) No. 39
  • "OWS Live In Rennes" (7" EP, Mass Productions France 1995)
  • "Believe Yourself / Search Your Soul" (7", Bricks Records Japan 1997)
  • "Leave Me Alone" (CD EP, Cleopatra Records USA 1997)
  • "Not Your Enemy / Shut Up (7", Soap and Spikes Records Canada 1998)
  • "Masks of Society (Video Single & on line Release) 2011)

Compilations[edit]

  • A Country Fit For Heroes (Compilation Album) Jerusalem (No Future Records) - 1982
  • All Systems Go (Video), Live in Manchester (Jettisoundz) - 1983
  • Punk And Disorderly vol. 3 ('Give Us a Future' (Anagram Records) - 1983
  • Singles Collection (CD, Cherry Red 2003)
  • Give Us A Future (The History Of Anagram Records 1982-1987) (Compilation Album) Give Us a Future, Jerusalem (Anagram Records) - 2005
  • The Ugly Truth About Blackpool (Compilation Album) Jerusalem (Just Say No To Government Music) - 2005
  • The Ugly Truth About Blackpool, Vol.2 (Compilation Album) This Could Be You (Just Say No To Government Music) - 2006
  • Still Our Future You`re Messing Up (Compilation Album) Kick In The Head & This Could Be You -(Vile Records) - 2010
  • Masks of Society (Music Video) - 2011

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