Maximum Joy

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Maximum Joy
Origin Bristol, United Kingdom
Genres Post-punk
Labels Y, Garage, Crippled Dick
Associated acts Glaxo Babies, The Pop Group, The Ammonites, Perfume, U-BahnX
Past members Tony Wrafter
Janine Rainforth
Dan Catsis
Charlie Llewellin
John Waddington

Maximum Joy were/are a post-punk band from Bristol, England.[1]


When the Glaxo Babies split in 1979, saxophonist/trumpeter Tony Wrafter formed Maximum Joy with vocalist/clarinetist Janine Rainforth. They were later joined by two other former Glaxo Babies members, bassist Dan Catsis and drummer Charlie Llewellin, as well as ex-Pop Group guitarist John Waddington. After three singles on Y Records in 1981 and 1982, "Stretch", "White and Green Place" and "In the Air", the band released the Adrian Sherwood-produced album Station MXJY in October 1982. After a subsequent single, a cover of Timmy Thomas' "Why Can't We Live Together" recorded with Dennis Bovell, the band split.[1]

Retrospective Unlimited (1979-1983) was released in 2005, and Station MXJY was reissued on CD in Japan in April 2008, containing various mixes of the singles as bonus tracks.

Llewellin later played drums for Palace of Light, and served as a producer for Blue Aeroplanes.[2] He moved to Texas in 1991 and was a founder member of Austin band The Gourds. Waddington went on to play with The Ammonites, Perfume and U-BahnX. Catsis is the bassist for The Pop Group's ongoing 2015 reformation.

On 19 August 2015, Llewellin, Rainforth and Wrafter announced a reformation to perform at the Simple Things music festival to be held on 24 October 2015 in Bristol.[3] They will be joined by Marek Bero on bass and James Byron on guitar.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Station MXJY (1982, Y), reissue + bonus tracks (2008, Beat Records, Japan)


  • "Stretch" (1981, Y)
  • "White and Green Place" (1982, Y)
  • "In the Air" (1982, Y)
  • "Do It Today" (1982, Y)
  • "Why Can't We Live Together" (1983, Garage)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Unlimited (1979-1983) (2005, Crippled Dick)

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