Crisis (band)

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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
Members Tony Wakeford
Clive Giblin
Lloyd James
Igor Olejar
Past members Douglas Pearce
Lester Jones
Insect Robin the Cleaner
Luke Rendle

Crisis are a British punk rock band formed in 1976 in Guildford in Surrey.[1] 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.[2]


Formation and career[edit]

Crisis formed in 1976 with the lineup of Phrazer (vocals), Lester Jones (lead guitar), Douglas Pearce (guitar), Tony Wakeford (bass) and Insect Robin the Cleaner (drums).

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,[3] 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.[2] A recording of the final show was released in 2008 as the Ends! CD.

Later projects[edit]

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.[2] In 1985, Jones also performed as a touring member of Andi Sex Gang & the Quick Gas Gang.

In 2015, Wakeford formed an ensemble with members of Alternative TV, titled 1984, to perform the songs he had written for both Crisis and Death in June. [4]


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),[2] 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.[1]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Hymns of Faith mini-LP (1980, Ardkor)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "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)

Live albums[edit]

  • Ends! (2008, Neroz)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 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)


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