Gaye Bykers on Acid

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Gaye Bykers on Acid
OriginLeicester, England
GenresRock, psychedelic rock, hip hop, grebo
Years active1984–1990, 2016
LabelsVirgin Records, Naked Brain , Major League Productions (MLP)
Associated actsLesbian Dopeheads on Mopeds
Apollo 440
Purple Fluid Exchange (PFX)
Past membersIan Hoxley
Tony Horsfall
Ian Reynolds
Kevin Hyde
William Morrow

Gaye Bykers on Acid (GBOA) were an English psychedelic rock band from Leicester, and one of the founder members of the grebo music scene. They later released both thrash punk and dance music albums under various aliases.


  • Mary Byker (Ian Garfield Hoxley) – vocals
  • Tony Byker/Phlegm Lubricant/Tony Shuttleburger/Sven Eleven- (Tony Horsfall) – guitar
  • Robber Byker (Ian Reynolds) – bass guitar
  • Rocket Ronnie (William Samuel Ronald Morrow) – turntablist
  • Kev Byker/Cubehead Buffalo Hyde/Gavina Hyde/Kenny Pride – (Kevin Hyde) – drums[1]


Gaye Bykers on Acid were formed in late 1984 by Ian Reynolds (Robber) and Ian Hoxley (Mary). They were later joined by guitarist and art student Tony Horsfall and drummer Kevin Hyde. Their first gig was at The Princess Charlotte in Leicester in mid-1985.

Their first releases – the single Everythang's Groovy and the Nosedive Karma EP – were both recorded in Leeds with Jon Langford of The Mekons, and released on the InTape label.[2] They then signed to Virgin Records releasing the albums Drill Your Own Hole and Stewed to the Gills.[1] Initial quantities of the vinyl version of Drill Your Own Hole were pressed without a hole in the centre, so it was necessary to drill your own hole to play it.[2] The album spent one week at number 95 in the UK Albums Chart in November 1987.[3]

They also played gigs (dressed in women's clothing) under the name 'Lesbian Dopeheads on Mopeds', supporting themselves, and thus getting paid twice. They also performed as a fictitious East German thrash punk band "Rektüm" (they claimed to have jumped over the Berlin Wall), recording an LP Sakredanus and an EP Real Horror Show under the name.

However management problems and poor sales meant that they were dropped by Virgin in 1989. They subsequently released the album Cancer Planet Mission on their own record label, Naked Brain.[1] They also recycled and used the band name 'The Purple Fluid Exchange' (PFX) to release their dance cross-over material. It was at this time that Rocket Ronnie joined the band as DJ, sample player and dance advisor.

In 1990 they released Pernicious Nonsense, their last studio album, recorded with Jon Langford at the Stone Room Studios and at Alaska St. Studios with house engineer Chelo Zambelli. After difficult tours in the US and UK the band broke up, the final blow being when the label Rough Trade, who distributed their Naked Brain recordings, went bankrupt owing them and many other bands considerable amounts of cash.

Two compilation albums were subsequently released on the Receiver record label, From the Tomb of the Near Legendary… (1992) and Gaye Bykers on Acid (1993). A further bootleg compilation of Virgin records studio demo's was sold by their ex-manager (Tracy Lamott) to Cherry Red RecordsEverything's Groovy (2001).

Tony and Kev collaborated in 1993 to form 'Steroid', releasing one just CD album entitled Jism Harvester on Clay Records, a crazy industrial mish mash of samples and guitar riffs.

The groups Total Anthology on DVD is available from Robber Byker at their official site and via their MySpace page.

The group often included samples from other artists or films in their music, usually from cult films such as Repo Man, Taxi Driver or Dune.

On 22 February 2016, it was announced that Gaye Bykers on Acid would be reforming for a final performance at Indie Daze in October 2016. This was later expanded into a nine date tour.


  • Kevin Hyde formed the band G.R.O.W.T.H. and released an LP and 12" single.[1] He now formed his new musical outlet (Rockshed Productions) (SHED) with Tom Stanley and still various GBOA band mambers.
  • Tony returned to creating artworks, living and working in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies. He is now currently working on new music and videos as Tony Byker, with his own brand of Electro-Acoustic vibes in Tokyo, Japan. His new stuff can be found by following the links below.
  • Robber now works as an underground DJ and film-maker. He records under the names Robber Byker and Surfin' Bernard. Robber Byker and Zoe Reynolds have released several Wonky Techno records on Shed Records, and remixes on Midtone. In 2013, with Robber on lead guitar alongside Porkbeast, Vom and Anderson from Crazyhead, a new band was formed, entitled Swamp Delta. The band has released a number of singles to date and played at the Bearded Theory and Rebellion festivals during the summer of 2014. . They plan to release more new music and play more festivals in the summer of 2015.[4]Robber also mastered and remixed tracks from Ian Anderson of Crazyhead's latest venture, The Scavengers, on their debut demo, picked off the bone. Robber later joined with Greg Semple as Twat Monkey. Now his new venture is Ubertroll.
  • Mary Byker has sung in the bands Pigface, Hyperhead, Apollo 440, and Maximum Roach.[1] His current group is called "The Jungle". He also composes music for TV adverts. In 2011 he joined a new incarnation of Pop Will Eat Itself, replacing original member Clint Mansell.Now he has joined with NOKO FROM APOLLO 440 to form 'Am I Dead Yet'
  • A tribute band called Lesbian Dope Heads on Mopeds occasionally plays biker events.
  • Ronnie Rocket went on to open the Ambient Music store in London's Soho and still runs the associated label Worm Interface.



Year Title Format Label
1986 "Everythang's Groovy" 7-inch and 12-inch single InTape
1987 "Nosedive Karma" 7-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch single InTape
1987 "Git Down (Shake Your Thang)" 7-inch, box set and 12-inch single Virgin
1987 "All Hung Up" 7-inch, 12-inch, and 2x12-inch with Picture Disc Virgin
1989 "Hot Thing" 7-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch single Virgin
1991 "S.P.A.C.E." (as PFX) 12-inch single Naked Brain
1991 "Killer Teens in New Orleans" (as PFX) 12-inch single Naked Brain


Year Title Format Label
1998 The BBC Sessions EP Strange Fruit
1989 Real Horror Show (as Rektüm) 12-inch EP Manic Ears


Year Title Format Label
1987 Drill Your Own Hole LP/CS/CD and Video album Virgin
1989 Stewed to the Gills LP/CS/CD album Virgin
1989 GrooveDiveSoapDish LP/CD album Bleed
1990 Cancer Planet Mission LP/CS/CD album Naked Brain
1990 Sakredanus (as Rektüm) LP/CS/CD album PSI
1990 Pernicious Nonsense (as PFX) LP/CS/CD album Naked Brain
1992 Gaye Bykers on Acid CD album Receiver
1993 From The Tomb of the Near Legendary... CD album Receiver
2001 Everything's Groovy CD album Cherry Red
2012 A Big Bad Beautiful Noize CD album Major League Productions



  1. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. pp. 509/10. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  2. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2003) "Gaye Bykers on Acid", in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 223. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Robber Byker, AKA Ian Reynolds, Alex Peach, Ian Anderson, Robert Morris

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