The Defects

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The Defects
Origin Belfast, Northern Ireland
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1979–1984, 2010–present
Labels WXYZ Records, Casualty Records, I.D. Records, Punkerama Records, Antisociety
Associated acts Rabies, Ashanti, Doghouse
Past members Ian Murdock
Marcus Duke
Jeff Gilmore
Glenn Kingsmore
Gary Smith

The Defects are a punk rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland, formed in 1979.


The band formed in 1978 with a lineup of Ian "Buck" Murdock (vocals), Marcus "Dukie" Duke (Guitar), Jeff Gilmore (bass) and Glenn Kingsmore (drums).[1] After playing locally, they recorded their first demo, but when this failed to gain them a record deal, they started their own Casualty Records label and issued their debut 7", "Dance (Until You Drop)".[1] The three-song EP sold all 2000 copies and brought the band to the attention of the UK music press. Melody Maker journalist Carol Clerk befriended the band and recommended them to John Curd, manager of WXYZ Records, who signed them to his label.[1] Gary Smith replaced Fenton on bass, and The Defects moved to London in 1982 and embarked on the six-week So What UK tour with labelmates The Anti-Nowhere League, Chelsea and Chron Gen. The tour was filmed by Stewart Copeland (with backing from brother Miles) with a view to cinema release, but it was never issued.[2] A second single, "Survival" was issued in 1982, reaching No. 8 in the UK Indie Chart.[3] The band recorded their debut (and only) album, Defective Breakdown, in 1982. With Curd looking for ways to gain crossover success for the bands on his label, he persuaded The Defects to record a cover version of Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds". With producer Ray Shulman on keyboards, the single's release in early 1984 coincided with the decline in popularity of second-wave punk, and did not sell well. With control of the band's destiny slipping away, Murdock left the band after the release of "Suspicious Minds". The band continued, playing a gig supporting 999 with Kingsmore on vocals, before Murdock rejoined to play in support of The Clash in Belfast. The band then split more permanently, with all members returning to Belfast except Duke, who stayed in London.[1] Kingsmore joined Western Justice with former members of Rabies, including Murdock's brother Gary, and was later a member of Ashanti.

Murdock revived the Defects name in 1996 for a one-off performance at a punk festival, which was filmed and released on video by Barn End Video as Live at the Pavilion 12.10.96. He later started the punk and ska covers band Doghouse.[1]

The Defects reformed again in 2010 and regularly play various punk festivals. In 2012 they toured Australia and played the Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool in August 2013. They are confirmed to play at Rebellion again in 2014.



  • "Dance (Until You Drop)" (1981, Casualty Records)
  • "Survival" (1982, WXYZ) UK Indie No. 8
  • "Suspicious Minds" (1984, I.D. Records) UK Indie No. 17
  • "Revelator" (2011, Punkerama Records)


  • Defective Breakdown (1982, WXYZ) UK Indie No. 10 (reissued 1994, Captain Oi!, including bonus tracks)
  • Demo & Live (2010, Antisociety)
  • Politicophobia (2013)


  • Live at the Pavilion 12.10.96 (1996, Barn End Video)


  1. ^ a b c d e Glasper, Ian (2004) "The Defects", in Burning Britain: The Story of UK Punk 1980 - 1984, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 1-901447-24-3, p. 346-352
  2. ^ The Defects at the Irish Punk & New Wave Discography
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4

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