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|Also known as||Accident|
Clockwork Orange punk
We Bite Records
Andy Lazenby (Laze)
Major Accident was originally formed in late 1977 in Darlington. Their first studio recording came in the early 1980s, when they recorded a single called Terrorist Gand with the B-side "self Appointed Hero", and an early version of Massacred Melodies, which the band rerecorded in 1981 - this became their first their first LP. They planned to release "Warboots" from this session and got as far as test pressings before being signed by Step Forward records, home of Chelsea, Sham 69 and the Cortinas amongst others,
The band released their first single, Mr Nobody, with Step-Forward Records before the release of their first studio LP. A UK tour supporting Chelsea helped promote the release of the record. Follow-up singles Fight To Win, Leaders of Tomorrow (featuring drummer Evo, formerly from Angelic Upstarts) who went on to form thrash metal band Warfare) and Respectable (featuring "The Big G" - Garteh Jones on drums) were released on the Flicknife Records label, as was the LP A Clockwork Legion, by which time the band's name had been shortened to "Accident". Around this time the band appeared on BBC2 playing three songs live. American label Toxic Shock released a follow-up album ...Crazy! in 1985, just before the band split up.
Major Accident re-formed in 1996, once again using the full name rather than just "Accident". The re-formation was accompanied by a new studio album, The Ultimate High, released on We Bite Records, with a seven-inch single, Representation Not Reality, which was released in 1999 on Upstart Productions. The band's final release was a split album with Welsh street punks Foreign Legion entitled Cry Of Legion.
Live performances followed, including a night at New York's CBGB in 2001 with a "clockwork punk" theme. The band's activity was sharply curtailed when drummer Laze was involved in a motorcycle accident. The band currently plays just two or three concerts each year.
Major Accident popularized a punk style of dress based on the costumes worn in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, including bowler hats, white shirts, white trousers and black boots. Fans of the group, and sometimes members of Major Accident themselves, also occasionally wore fishtail coats, though more often they wore black leather biker jackets. The "clockwork punk" style also extended to an appreciation of Ludwig van Beethoven's music, again following the movie's protagonist. Major Accident played the composer's 9th Symphony with guitar, bass and drums in their interpretations The Glorious 9th and The March. Little evidence of any further interest in classical music was shown from the band.
Major Accident's use of A Clockwork Orange imagery is also seen in the sleeve designs on their albums, with their early LPs, CDs and seven-inch singles using stark black and white imagery (though they began to include red after their 1996 reformation), and characters dressed in the Clockwork Orange style. Their final album in 1985 (before their reformation) ...Crazy! depicts a scene from the film, where the protagonist, Alex, is shown strapped into a laboratory chair, his eyes held open with metal clips.
Other 1980s Clockwork punk bands include The Adicts (whose version had a more fun, circus-clown emphasis), Die Toten Hosen (who released the themed album Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau), Blitz (who wore some of the dress later in their career) and The Violators who along with Blitz recorded on the 'No Future' record label. 
Other versions of these releases also exist on other record labels. Those listed here are the original release versions.
7 inch singles
|Year of release||Title||Label||Vinyl colour(s)||Cat. No.|
|1983||Mr Nobody / That's You||Step-Forward Records||Black||SF 23|
|1983||Fight to Win / Freeman||Flicknife Records||Black||FLS216|
|1983||Leaders of Tomorrow / Breakaway / Dayo||Flicknife Records||Black||FLS 023|
|1984||Respectable / The Man on the Wall||Flicknife Records||Black||FLS 026|
|1994||Warboots / Terrorist Gang (Unofficial release)||Combat Rock||White / Black||CR 012|
|1999||Representation Not Reality / Step By Step||Upstart Productions||Clear Burgundy||Up7001|
|Year of release||Title||Tracks||Label||Format||Vinyl Colour||Cat. No.|
|1982||Massacred Melodies||Schizophrenic / (Standing On The) Sidelines / Last Night / Psycho / People / Terrorist Gang / Warboots / Mr Nobody / Self Appointed Hero / That's You / Brides Of The Beast / Classified Information / Middle Class Entertainment /Clockwork Toys||Step-Forward Records||Vinyl||White / Black||SFLP 9|
|1984||A Clockwork Legion||Respectable / Twisted Mind / Affliction / Cue The Dead / Leaders Of Tomorrow / Intro / The March / Sorry / Fight To Win / Bad Company / Vendetta||Flicknife Records||Vinyl||Black||SHARP 016|
|1985||...Crazy!||Crazy / Get Ready / Valerie / Camouflage / Band Played On / Get Ready (Dub) / Bad Co. / Leaders / Sorry / The Man On The Wall / Respectable / Twisted Mind / Cue The Dead||Toxic Shock Records / Massacred Music||Vinyl||Black||SACRED3|
|1996||The Ultimate High||Wired / The Ultimate High / Better Off Without You / Stay Away From Me / Lies / Your Worst Enemy / Pervert / Nightmare / They're Gonna Kick To Kill / Gang Warfare / Joy Rider / Snap / Crazy||We Bite||Vinyl / CD||Black||WB1-160-1 / WB 1-160-2|
Studio split album
|Year of release||Title||Split artist||Major Accident tracks||Label||Format||Vinyl Colour||Cat. No.|
|2001||Cry Of The Legion||Foreign Legion||Outta Control / Step By Step / Wasted Years / Déjà Vu / Ghost In My House / Representation Not Reality||DSS||Vinyl / CD||Black / White||DSS025 / DSS024|
|Year of release||Title||Tracks||Label||Format||Cat. No.|
|1984||Tortured Tunes (Live-The Official Bootleg)||Cue The Dead / Fight To Win / Brides Of The Beast / Schizo / Freeman / Mr. Nobody / Sorry / Respectable / Bad Company / M.C.E. / Warboots / White Riot / Oxo / Hokey Cokey / Breakaway / Headbanger / Dayo||Syndicate Records||Vinyl||SYN LP 9|
|Year of release||Title||Type||Tracks||Label||Format||Cat. No.|
|1985||Pneumatic Pneurosis||Singles||Mr Nobody / Fight To Win / Leaders Of Tomorrow / Respectable / The Glorious 9th / That's You / Freeman / Dayo / Breakaway / The Man On The Wall||Flicknife Records||Vinyl||SHARP 027|
|1994||Massacred Melodies / A Clockwork Legion||Two albums||Schizophrenic / (Standing On The) Sidelines / Last Night / Psycho / People / Terrorist Gang / Warboots / Mr. Nobody / Self Appointed Hero / That's You / Brides Of The Beast / Classified Information / Middle Class Entertainment / Clockwork Toys / Respectable / Twisted Mind / Affliction / Cue The Dead / Leaders Of Tomorrow / A Clockwork Legion (1. Intro 2. The March) / Sorry (We Can't Help You) / Fight To Win / Vendetta||Captain Oi! Records||CD||AHOY CD 27|
|1996||Crazy / Tortured Tunes||Two albums||Crazy / Get Ready / Valerie / Camouflage / Band Played On / Sherwood Rangers / Bad Co. / Leaders / Sorry / The Man On The Wall / Respectable / Twisted Mind / Cue The Dead / Tortured Tunes / Cue The Dead / Fight To Win / Brides Of The Beast / Freeman / Mr. Nobody / M.C.E. / Warboots / White Riot / Hokey Cokey / Breakaway / Headbanger / Dayo||Dojo Limited||CD||LOMACD43|
|1998||Clockwork Heroes||Best of||Warboots / Terrorist Gang / Mr. Nobody / That's You / Schizophrenic / Brides Of The Beast / Clockwork Toys / Fight To Win / Freeman / Leaders Of Tomorrow / Dayo / Breakaway / Glorious 9th / Twisted Mind / Cue The Dead / Sorry / Bad Company / Respectable / Man On The Wall / Crazy / Valerie / Band Played On / Sherwood Rangers||Captain Oi! Records||CD||AHOY CD 16|
|2004||The Clockwork Demos||Demos||Terrorist Gang / Standing On The Sidelines / People Like You / Suzy Is A Headbanger (originally by the Ramones) / Headline Story / That's You / Self Appointed Hero / Black And White / Wasted Life (originally by Stiff Little Fingers) / White Riot (originally by The Clash) / Alternative Ulster (originally by Stiff Little Fingers / Borstal Breakout (originally by Sham 69) / Oxo Song / In The World Today / Blitzkrieg Bop (originally by the Ramones) / Garageland (originally by The Clash) / Crazy / The Radio Interview||Captain Oi! Records / Durty Mick Records||CD / Ltd. White Vinyl||AHOY CD 56 / DMR0008-1|
|Year of release||Title||Tracks||Label||Format||Cat. No.|
|1997||Live In Munich '96||Mr Nobody / Crazy / Warboots / Worst Enemy / Respectable / Schizophrenic / Wired / Joyride / Phycho / Fight To Win / The Ultimate High / Bad Company / Cue The Dead / Brides Of The Beast / Last Rough Cause / Leaders Of Tomorrow||RF||VHS, PAL||RF113|
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