Blitzkrieg (English punk band)
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|Years active||1979–1984, 1991–1995, 2007–present|
|Associated acts||Broken Bones, Varukers|
Blitzkrieg are an English punk rock band, based in Southport and formed in 1979. They made a distinct contribution to the UK hardcore punk scene and have strong underground following. Despite the Nazi connotations of the name Blitzkrieg, German for "Lightning-War", they took a fiercely anti-Nazi stance.
The original line-up was formed by Mike 'Riffone' on vocals together with his brother Phil 'Din' on drums in 1979, initially with Will Mawdsley on guitar and Gary 'Gaz' Sumner on bass. Tony "Toe" Fowler joined on bass, while Gaz Sumner switched over to guitar. Later when Toe Fowler left, he was replaced with Chris Hind on bass, previously of the local Southport band Mayhem.
This formed the definitive line-up of Mike Riffone (vocals), Phil Din (drums), Gaz Sumner (guitar) and Chris Hind (bass). This line-up was signed to the independent record label No Future Records and released the track "The Future Must Be Ours", which appeared on the A Country Fit For Heroes compilation album, released in January 1982, Catalogue number Oi3, reaching No. 4 in the UK Indie Charts. Shortly after the release of this track, Phil Din left the band and was for a brief period replaced by 'Jackanory' John McCallum on drums.
Their second vinyl release, a four-track EP on No Future Records, entitled Lest We Forget, Catalogue number Oi8, reached No. 11 in the Indie Charts in 1982. Later in the same year, the band parted company with drummer McCallum and their record label, signing to Sexual Phonograph Records, who released their Animals in Lipstick EP.
New drummer Dave "Bambi" Ellesmere, previously of the seminal punk/speed-metal group Discharge, joined the group in mid-1982. The Animals in Lipstick EP featured an aggressively anti-vivisection theme, and their most popular recorded song to date, "Conscience Prayer", an anti-society polemic, it reached No. 30 in the Indie Chart in 1983.
Since the break-up of the group soon after the "Conscience Prayer" release in 1983, there have since been a number of re-formations of the group, initially in late 1987 with new vocalist Spike, Gaz, Bambi & ex-Insane bassist Trev. Dave left to join Flux of Pink Indians, and has latterly enjoyed success as a Techno House DJ.
1988 saw Spike form Paradox UK with Liverpool guitarist Martin "Ales" Walker and Stephen Duckworth of hardcore act Dead Wrong, releasing several vinyl offerings and the now "cult" EP single "Charmed Existence"
Another re-formation in 1989 combined Gaz Sumner and Martin "Ales" Walker on guitars, Freddy Doyle on drums, Mal on bass, while Spike returned to vocals. This line-up supported Discharge on a UK Tour and also toured the North of England and North Wales with Welsh punk band 4Q. In 1991, they recorded the LP Future Must Be Ours on Retch Records. A retrospective joint LP with Insane was released on Captain Oi! Records in 1997.
Blitzkrieg re-formed for the Rebellion 2007 festival at Blackpool. The new line-up was Chris Hind (former member) bass and vocals, Jax Chambers (Girlschool) lead guitar and vocals, and Tom Tom (Poor Kids with Guns) drums. A new album, Everything is Lies was released July 2008 and they played Rebellion 2008. In 2009 Blitzkrieg played many gigs including Rebellion, this continued through 2010 when they recorded their last E.P to date "FEAR AND CONTROL" AT Riverside Studios Belgium featuring Gus/Guitar, Gaz Johnson/Drums, Jax Chambers /Guitar & Chris Hind Bass/Vocals. They continued gigging the U.K & EUROPE until 2014 when they took a breather due to a life-threatening illness that nearly took Chris's life. The band with a new line-up in 2016 of Mike Canavan/Guitar, Jamie O Malley/Drums, Sarah Jayne/Bass and Chris/ Vocals will be recording new E.P early 2017 ; watch this space.
Singles and EPs
- "Demo Tape 81"
- "Lest We Forget EP" - No. 11 in the UK Indie Chart
- "Practice Tape 82"
- "Animals in Lipstick EP" - No. 30 in the UK Indie Chart
"Fear And Control EP"
- The Future Must Be Ours
- Back To No Future
- Everything is Lies
- A Country Fit for Heroes - No Future Records 12" sampler features a track of theirs.
- Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.