The Exploited

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The Exploited
Exploited Wattie 01.JPG
Background information
Origin Edinburgh, Scotland
Genres Hardcore punk[1]
Crossover thrash[1][2]
Street punk (early)[3][4]
Oi! (early)[4][5][6]
Years active 1978–present
Labels Nuclear Blast, Secret, Rough Justice, Captain Oi!
Website Official Band Homepage
Members Wattie Buchan - vocals
Irish Rob - bass
Wullie Buchan - drums
Matt McGuire (Matt Justice) - electric guitar
Past members (See below)

The Exploited is a Scottish punk rock band from the second wave of UK punk, formed in 1978. Originally a street punk band, The Exploited became a faster hardcore punk band with a heavy political influence. Formed in Edinburgh by Stevie Ross and Terry Buchan, who were later joined by ex-soldier Walter ("Wattie") Buchan (Terry's brother), they signed to Secret Records in March 1981[7] and released their debut EP Army Life. The album Punks Not Dead followed in the same year.[7] Despite many lineup changes, "Wattie" Buchan has remained as the leader, and the band continued into the 2000s and developed a worldwide following. In 2012 the band started writing material for a new album.[8]

Career[edit]

1970s-1980s[edit]

The Exploited logo

Original line up was Terry Buchan (vocals) Stevie Ross (guitar) Alan Paget (bass) and Andy McNiven (drums) Formed in the West Granton area of Edinburgh their first gig was at Craigmuir. Terry was replaced by his ex soldier older brother Wattie. After a few gigs in and around Edinburgh Stevie Ross left after an appearance in Aberdeen supporting the UK Subs. A few months later, he and Terry Buchan formed The Exposed. The Exposed split in 1980 after a gig supporting The Exploited. While Terry left for London, Stevie was prominent in the Edinburgh band scene during the 1980s and fronted bands like Strychnine and Burlesque before becoming lead singer with blues band Roadside Medicine. Now based in West Lothian, he still sings and writes original songs.[9]

A young punk wearing an Exploited T-shirt in 1984.

Inspired by the first wave of punk rock (Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned),[10] the quartet created a simple, no-frills sound characterized by speed and aggression. In 1980, the group founded its own independent record label, Exploited Record Company, and released their debut EP Army Life, which was number 6 in the indie/independent charts for eight weeks, then was in the top 20 for 18 months.[9][11] They then released another single, "Barmy Army", which jumped into the independent charts and remained there for 53 weeks, peaking at number 4.[9] Their single "Dead Cities" peaked at 31 on the national chart.[11] Their single "Exploited Barmy Army" peaked at number 4 on the independent/indie chart.[11]

In March 1981, the band signed to Secret Records, took a month to record their debut "Punks Not Dead",[12] and released the single "Dogs of War", which peaked at number 2 in the independent charts and number 63 in the national charts.[9][12][13] Also in 1981, the band released their first live album, On Stage, recorded during a concert in Edinburgh. Thereafter, the band performed, along with Discharge, Anti-Nowhere League, Anti-Pasti and Chron Gen on a tour called Apocalypse Now, which was recorded and released as a live album. Their album Punks Not Dead, released in April 1981, went to number 20 in May,[14] then number 1 on the Independent Charts.[9][13]

The band released the album Let's Start a War in 1983[15] and Horror Epics in 1985.[16] The album Live at the Whitehouse was recorded in Washington, DC in 1985 at the 9:30 Club and was released in 1986.[9] They also released the studio EP Jesus Is Dead in 1986, following up with Live and Loud, a videography of The Exploited performing around Europe and in the United States. "Sexual Favours", a single from the album Death Before Dishonour, was released in 1987. The album only ranked in the top 200 of the Britain Alternative Music list. The album sold out quickly, however.[17]

1990s[edit]

In the early 1990s, they started working on the album The Massacre, which featured a new type of crossover thrash guitar style. Sometimes called also punk metal), crossover is a form of thrash metal and hardcore punk which had mixed both genres together or had influences from each other. The genre lies on a continuum between heavy metal and punk rock. This album was by far one of the band's most commercially successful.[17] The band went on to release a Singles Collection album in 1993. The Exploited also released the videography Live in Japan in 1993. Their album Beat the Bastards was released in April 1996.[18]

2000s[edit]

Wattie on stage in 2006.

In January 2003, the band released their album Fuck the System on Dream Catcher Records,[19] and also in 2003, they toured in the UK[20] and US.[21] On 14 October 2003, about 500 fans of the band started a riot in Montreal, Canada after an Exploited concert was cancelled due to the band not be allowed into the country.[22][23][24] Rioters destroyed eight cars and set them on fire; broke 11 store windows and caused other damage.[23][24] The band were banned from playing in Mexico City due to the riot.[25]

2010s[edit]

A poster for the Exploited.

In a 2012 interview, Wattie Buchan said that a new album was being produced.[26] In February 2014, he suffered a heart attack on stage during a performance in Lisbon on the band's Taste of Chaos Tour with Hatebreed and Napalm Death. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was expected to receive treatment for at least a week. The band signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records, and was to have many of its albums reissued in March 2014. The band has also confirmed that its first album in a decade will be released in late 2014.[27][28]

Current lineup[edit]

Former members[edit]

Vocals[edit]

  • Terry Buchan (1978–79) – original vocalist and founder member
  • Wattie Buchan (1979–present)

Guitar[edit]

  • Stevie Ross (1978–79) – original guitarist and founder member
  • Hayboy (1979–1980) – wrote the first verse and the music for "Army Life"
  • Big John Duncan aka Jeff le Rennais (1980–1983)
  • Karl “Egghead” Morris (1983–1985)
  • Mad Mick (1985)
  • Nig (Nigel Swanson) (1987–1989)
  • Gogs (Gordon Balfour) (1989–1991)
  • Fraz (Fraser Rosetti) (1991–1995)
  • Arf (Arthur Dalrymple) (1990)
  • Jamie Buchan (1995–1996)
  • Robbie "Steed" Davidson (2001–2007)
  • Gav Little (2007–2008)
  • Tommy Concrete (2011–2012)
  • Matt McGuire (Matt Justice) (2008–2011, 2013–present)

Bass[edit]

  • Colin Erskine (1978) – original bassist and founder member
  • Mark Patrizio (1979–1980)
  • Gary McCormack (1980–1983)
  • Billy Dunn (1983–1984, 1996–1997)
  • Wayne Tyas (1984–1985, 1986)
  • “Deptford” John Armitage (1985–1986)
  • Tony Lochiel (1986–1987)
  • Smeeks (Mark Smellie) (1987–1993)
  • Jim Gray (1993–1996)
  • Mikie (1996–2002)
  • Davey (Dave Peggie) (2002–2003)
  • Irish Rob (2003–present)

Drums[edit]

  • Paul Gill (1979)
  • Jimbo (Jim Park) (1979)
  • Glen Campbell (Dru M Stix) (1979–1982)
  • Danny Heatley (1982)
  • Steve Roberts (1982-1983)
  • Willie Buchan (1983–present)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • On Stage (1981)
  • Apocalypse Tour (Limited Edition) (1981)
  • Live at the Whitehouse (1986)
  • Live and Loud (1987)
  • Live Lewd Lust (1989)
  • Don't Forget the Chaos (1992)
  • Live in Japan (1994)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Totally Exploited (1984)
  • Castle Masters Collection (1990)
  • Apocalypse '77 (1992)
  • Singles Collection (1993)
  • Dead Cities (2000)
  • Punk Singles & Rarities 1980-83 (2001)
  • The Best of the Exploited - Twenty Five Years of Anarchy and Chaos (2004)
  • Complete Punk Singles Collection (2005)

Split albums[edit]

  • Don't Let 'Em Grind You Down (with Anti-Pasti) (1981)
  • Britannia Waives the Rules (with Chron Gen & Infa Riot) (1982)
  • Apocalypse Punk Tour 1981 (with The Anti-Nowhere League, Chron Gen, Anti Pasti & Discharge) (1992)

EPs[edit]

  • Jesus Is Dead (12") (1986)
  • War Now (12") (1988)

Singles[edit]

  • "Army Life" (EP) (1980)
  • "Exploited Barmy Army" (EP) (1980)
  • "Dogs of War" (1981)
  • "Dead Cities" (EP) (1981)
  • "Attack/Alternative" (1982)
  • "Computers Don't Blunder" (1982)
  • "Troops of Tomorrow" (1982)
  • "Rival Leaders" (EP) (1983)
  • "Sexual Favours" (1987)

Videography[edit]

  • Live at the Palm Cove (1983)
  • Sexual Favours (1987)
  • The Exploited: 83-87 (1993)
  • Live in Japan (1993)
  • Alive at Leeds (1995)
  • Rock and Roll Outlaws (1995)
  • Buenos Aires 93 (1996)
  • Beat 'Em All (2004)
  • Live in Saint Petersburg (2014)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Dogs of War" (1981)
  • "Fuck the U.S.A." (1982)
  • "Troops of Tomorrow" (1982)
  • "Sexual Favours" (1987)
  • "War Now" (1988)
  • "Beat the Bastards" (1996)
  • "Chaos Is My Life" (2003)
  • "Never Sell Out" (2003)
  • "You're a Fucking Bastard" (2003)

Compilation appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "The Exploited - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Exploited News - in Metal Bands". Metal Underground.com. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Exploited – Punks Not Dead (1981) [CBR 320 + FLAC]". PunkWarez. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Red Magazine". Red-Mag.com. 18 September 2003. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Bregman, Adam. "Oi! The Album - Various Artists : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Huey, Steve. "Lords of Oi! [Box] - Various Artists : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
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  8. ^ The Exploited +++ Real Punk Rock Since 1980. The-Exploited.net. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
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  13. ^ a b "Cherry Red Records - Exploited, Punk's Not Dead / On Stage, Anagram". Cherryred.co.uk. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Buckley, Peter. The Rough Guide to Rock. London: Rough Guides Ltd, 2003. pg 350. ISBN 1-84353-105-4.
  15. ^ by J. Scott McClintock. "Let's Start a War...Said Maggie One Day - The Exploited : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Horror Epics - The Exploited : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Matt McGuire Bio | Matt McGuire Career". MTV. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  18. ^ Torreano, Bradley (23 April 1996). "Beat the Bastards - The Exploited : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "THE EXPLOITED Return To Action With 'Fuck The System'". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "THE EXPLOITED Announce U.K. Dates". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "THE EXPLOITED Announce First U.S. Tour In Over A Decade". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  22. ^ By Alex. "Montreal Also Hearts Riots". VICE. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  23. ^ a b "Cars Overturned, Set On Fire After THE EXPLOITED Cancel Concert In Montreal". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  24. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (15 October 2003). "Fans Riot In Montreal Due To Canceled Exploited Show - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "THE EXPLOITED Banned From Mexico City". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  26. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzZR94bI34s
  27. ^ [ttp://www.blabbermouth.net/news/the-exploited-forced-to-cancel-remainder-of-tour-after-singer-wattie-falls-ill/#poEh5tWwoPIVzeyd.99 "The Exploited Forced to Cancel Remainder of Tour After Singer Wattie Suffers Heart Attack"]. Blabbermouth. February 14th 2014. 
  28. ^ "The Exploited’s Wattie Buchan suffers heart attack on stage". Scott Rowley. February 14th 2014. 

Notes[edit]

  • Laison, Neil, "Punk of All Colours", The Exploited (2004), pp. 51, 78

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