Inca Babies

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Inca Babies
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Inca Babies (2012)
Background information
Origin Manchester, England, UK
Genres Post-punk, gothic rock, deathrock
Years active 2011–present; 1982–1988,
Labels Black Lagoon, Constrictor
Associated acts Inspiral Carpets
The Great Leap Forward
A Witness
Members Harry Stafford (guitar, vocals), Rob Haynes (drums), Vince Hunt (bass)
Past members

Pete Bogg Bill Bonney Clint Boon Alan Brown Darren Bullows Tony Clarke Simon Hinson Mike Keeble Mike Louis Bill Marten Johnny Scarles Harry Stafford

Julian Worapay

Inca Babies are a post-punk deathrock band from Manchester, England, initially active between 1982 and 1988 but reformed in 2007 featuring founder member and original songwriter Harry Stafford (guitars, vocals). With a new line-up of Rob Haynes (drums) and Vince Hunt (bass) the Inca Babies have released three new albums and toured extensively in Europe and Russia, most recently performing in St Petersburg and Moscow in September 2014 to launch their latest album 'The Stereo Plan' on the band's own Black Lagoon Records. [1]


Still retaining their original Manchester post-punk roots, the Inca Babies have appeared since 2008 at festivals and concerts across Europe, performing at 'Drop Dead' festival in Vilnius, Lithuania and 'Deathcave 2014' festival in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow, as well as playing live in Warsaw, Milan, Rome, Athens, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, London and many other cities across Europe. They are booked to appear for the first time in India, at the Saarang 2015 festival in Chennai (Madras).

The band was formed in Hulme, Manchester by Bill Bonney (bass guitar), Harry Stafford(guitar) Julian Woropay (vocals) and Alan Brown (drums), taking influences from Link Wray, The Cramps, The Gun Club and The Birthday Party[1] Debut single "The Interior" was released in November 1983 on their own Black Lagoon label. Over the next five years they released a further six singles and four albums with a few changes of line-up, 1988's Evil Hour featuring Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets on keyboards.[1] Alan Brown of bIG fLAME and The Great Leap Forward was also drummer for a time.[2]

The band recorded four sessions for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 programme between 1984 and 1987.[3]

However the band folded in the late 1980s, reforming for a concert in Munich marking the 20th anniversary of the booking agency IBD. The Inca Babies had been the agency's first overseas act. The Munich performance stimulated interest in the band and founder member Harry Stafford recruited Goldblade drummer Rob Haynes to remain part of the band. The death of original bass player Bill Marten came as Stafford was writing material for the band's first new release in two decades. Former A Witness bassist and longstanding friend Vince Hunt stood in to complete the album and for dates across Europe in late 2009 and 2010 and continues to play live and record with the band.

A double A-side blue vinyl 7" limited edition single 'My Sick Suburb/Tower of Babel' was released by Black Lagoon Records to mark Record Store Day on 21 April 2012 [2]. The songs comment on the notorious Hulme Crescent flats in Manchester which were a centre of the city's counterculture in the 1980s and home to the band's early line-up. An accompanying video was uploaded to YouTube filmed and edited by film-maker and musician Boz Hayward.

Throughout 2012 the band made live appearances across the UK and Europe, performing in Italy, Poland and The Netherlands and also flying to Los Angeles for a one-off show.

In October 2012 the band released a CD titled 'Re-Peeled' to mark their inclusion in a musical tribute night in Manchester to BBC DJ John Peel. This featured re-recordings of four songs originally recorded for sessions for John Peel's BBC Radio One show in the early 1980s [3].

The second album from the reformed line-up - 'Deep Dark Blue' - was released in November 2012 [4] and the band toured widely in 2013 to promote it, performing live across the UK and in Greece and Belgium.

In 2014 the vinyl only 12" EP 'Scatter' was released to mark the resurgence of interest in vinyl records 'Record Store Day' and the band released their third album since reforming,'The Stereo Plan'. Following a launch party in Manchester with the reformed line-up of A Witness featuring Vince Hunt and Rob Haynes, the Inca Babies performed for the first time in Russia, headlining the Deathcave 2014 festival in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow, and also India, appearing at the Saarang global culture festival at IIT Madras in Chennai in January 2015.

Following 'The Stereo Plan' Harry Stafford started work on a solo album while Rob Haynes toured extensively with The Membranes and Vince Hunt joined Martin Bramah's Blue Orchids. They have a series of UK live appearances booked for 2017 including at Blackpool's Rebellion festival on 6 August [4] and also in Naples, Italy in July.


All on Black Lagoon unless stated. Chart positions shown from the UK Indie Chart.[2]


  • "The Interior" (1983)
  • "Grunt Cadillac" (1984) (#6)
  • Big Jugular EP (1984) (#13)
  • "The Judge" (1984) (#8)
  • Surfin' In Locustland EP (1985) (#11)
  • "Splatter Ballistics Cop" (1986) (#24)
  • "Buster's On Fire" (1987) Constrictor
  • 'My Sick Suburb'/Tower of Babel' (2012) Black Lagoon
  • Re-Peeled CD EP: Brother Rat/Daniella/The Depths/She Mercenary (Black Lagoon BL0050)
  • 'Scatter EP' (2014) Black Lagoon (limited edition clear vinyl)
  • Panthers/Devil in my Room (2015) Black Lagoon (Limited Edition on 7" red vinyl)


  • Rumble (1985) (#3)
  • This Train (1986)
  • Opium Den mini-LP (1987)
  • Evil Hour (1988)
  • 1983-87 - Plutonium (2006) Anagram
  • Death Message Blues (2010) Black Lagoon
  • Deep Dark Blue (2012) Black Lagoon (BL0049)
  • The Stereo Plan (2014) Black Lagoon (BL0051)

DVD and Video appearances[edit]

  • Blood On The Cats (VHS)
  • "Jerico" on In Goth Daze - The Gothic Video (DVD) (2003) Cherry Red


  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (1999) "The Great Alternative & Indie Discography", Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
  2. ^ a b Lazell, Barry (1997) "Indie Hits 1980-1989", Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4
  3. ^ Inca Babies at the BBC's Keeping It Peel site
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Louder Than War web zine"

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