Compulsion (band)

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Origin Ireland
Genres Punk rock
Alternative rock
New wave of new wave
Years active 1990–1996
Labels Interscope, One Little Indian
Associated acts Thee Amazing Colossal Men, China Drum, Driven to Collision
Past members Garret Lee
Sid Rainey
Jan-Willem Alkema

Compulsion was an Irish punk band. They formed in the 1990 by Josephmary (singer) and Sid Rainey (bassist) as Thee Amazing Colossal Men. They signed a recording contract with Virgin Records, but after winning a lawsuit against their record label, they became 'Compulsion' in 1992. Joined by guitarist Garret Lee and drummer Jan-Willem Alkema, they moved to North London and signed to One Little Indian. They released several EPs and two albums. The first, Comforter, was labelled by the NME as part of the "New Wave of New Wave", while the second, The Future is Medium, saw them sport identical black outfits and orange hairdos.

The group split in 1996, after which Lee formed Jacknife Lee, and later produced Snow Patrol and U2. Alkema joined China Drum and later Driven to Collision. Rainey is now a writer and has created and produced an animated children's TV series called Underground Ernie for the BBC. Josephmary now lives in Ireland.


Studio albums[edit]


  • "Mall Monarchy (1994)
  • "Basketcase (1994) (called "Delivery" in the US release)
  • "Eating (fan club only release, 1994)
  • "Question Time for the Proles" (1996)
  • "Juvenile Scene Detective" (1996)


  • Compulsion (1992)
  • Casserole (1993)
  • Safety (1993)
  • Boogie Woogie (1994)


  • Hi-Fi Compilation (Compilation, 1995)
  • I Like Compulsion and Compulsion Likes Me (Compilation, 2002)


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 117. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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