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|Origin||Guildford, Surrey, UK|
|Genres||Punk rock, anarcho-punk|
|Years active||1976–1980, 2017-present|
|Labels||Action Group Records, Ardkor|
|Associated acts||Death in June, The Runners from 84, Above the Ruins, Sol Invictus, Theatre of Hate, Carcrash International, Alternative TV, Naevus, Autorotation|
|Past members||Douglas Pearce
Insect Robin the Cleaner
Crisis are a British punk rock band formed in 1976 in Guildford in Surrey. They performed at rallies for Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League, and at Right to Work marches. British music magazine Sounds used the phrase "Music to March To" to describe their distinctly edgy, controversial and far left form of punk rock.
Formation and career
Their debut single, "No Town Hall", was released in 1978 on Action Group Records.
On 11 January 1978, Crisis recorded four tracks at a Peel Session for BBC Radio 1, with two of the tracks released as the "UK 79" 7" single in 1979 on the Ardkor label. The remaining two Peel Session songs were posthumously issued by Ardkor in 1981 as "Alienation".
In early 1979, the band underwent a major change in personnel when Phrazer and Insect Robin the Cleaner were replaced by Dexter (a longtime fan and roadie) and Luke Rendle. After performing their last show, supporting Magazine and Bauhaus in their hometown of Guildford on 10 May 1980, the band broke up. A recording of the final show was released in 2008 as the Ends! CD.
Pearce and Wakeford went on to form Death in June in 1981. Wakeford later formed the Runners from 84, Above the Ruins and Sol Invictus. Rendle joined the Straps, then the Pack/Theatre of Hate. Jones formed Carcrash International. In 1985, Jones also performed as a touring member of Andi Sex Gang & the Quick Gas Gang.
The Crisis discography has been compiled on a single CD twice (as We Are All Jews and Germans in 1997 by World Serpent, and as Holocaust Hymns in 2005 by Apop Records), as well as twice on vinyl LP (as The Guilty Have a Past - Singles & Demos 1977-1979 in 2004 by State Laughter Records, and Kollectiv in 2014 by La Vida Es un Mus).
After almost 40 years of inactivity, Crisis officially reformed in 2017, and announced concerts in the UK and Europe in 2017 and 2018. The new lineup consists of original member Wakeford on bass, Lloyd James (of Naevus) on vocals, Clive Giblin (of Alternative TV) on guitar and Igor Olejar (of Autorotation) on drums.
- Hymns of Faith mini-LP (1980, Ardkor)
Singles and EPs
- "No Town Hall" 7" single (1978, Action Group Records)
- "UK 79" 7" single (1979, Ardkor)
- "Alienation" 7" single (1981, Ardkor)
- Holocaust - U.K. 12" EP (1982, Action Group Records/Ardkor)
- Ends! (2008, Neroz)
- We Are All Jews and Germans (1997, World Serpent)
- The Guilty Have a Past - Singles & Demos 1977-1979 (2004, State Laughter Records)
- Holocaust Hymns (2005, Apop Records)
- Kollectiv (2014, La Vida Es un Mus)
- Brian M. Clark (2006). "The March Of Man's True Destiny". Occidental Congress. Occidental Congress. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
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