Pink Military

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Pink Military
Also known asPink Military Stands Alone
OriginLiverpool, England
Years active1978–1981
Associated actsBig in Japan, Pink Industry
Past membersJayne Casey
Nicky Cool
John Highway
Wayne Wadden
Peter Lloyd
Paul Hornby
Steve Torch
Tim Whitaker
Roy White
Martin Dempsey
Chris Joyce
Charlie Gruff
Dave Baynton-Power
Jayne Casey, at Eric's - Liverpool 1978

Pink Military (originally Pink Military Stand Alone) were a post-punk band from Liverpool. Led by former Big in Japan singer Jayne Casey, other band members included former Deaf School drummer Tim Whitaker, guitarist Martin Dempsey who also played in Yachts and It's Immaterial and drummers Chris Joyce (who also played in The Durutti Column and Simply Red) and Budgie (who went on to The Slits and Siouxsie and the Banshees).


After Big In Japan split up in summer 1978, singer Jayne Casey formed Pink Military along with John Highway (guitar), Wayne Wadden (bass guitar), Paul Hornby (drums), and Nicky Cool (born Nicky Hillon, keyboards).[1][2] The band mixed punk-influenced rock with elements of disco and reggae.[3] Their first release was the "Buddha Walking" single in February 1979.[2] This was the only release from the original line-up, as in the months that followed Wadden, Hornby and Highway all left, with Peter Lloyd, Steve Torch, Tim Whitaker (ex-Deaf School), and Martin Dempsey (formerly of Yachts) making up the next settled line-up.[2] The band were then picked up by the 'Eric's' label (associated with the club of the same name), with the Blood and Lipstick EP released in September that year.[2] Further line-up changes followed, with Whitaker and Torch replaced by Mothmen drummer Chris Joyce, Charlie Gruff (Charlie Griffiths), and Neil Innes.[2] John Peel gave the band his support and they recorded two sessions for his BBC Radio 1 show, the first in November 1979, featuring Budgie on drums, the second in May 1980.[4] The band's only album, Do Animals Believe in God? was released in June 1980, with the band having signed a deal with Virgin Records who acted as distributors.[2][5][6] A further single was released the next month, and proved to be the final release before the band split up in 1981.[7] Casey went on to form Pink Industry, while Dempsey joined It's Immaterial and later the Mel-o-Tones.[2] Joyce joined The Durutti Column and later played in Simply Red.[2]



Singles, EPs[edit]

  • "Buddha Walking" (1979), Last Trumpet
  • Blood and Lipstick EP (1979), Eric's
  • "Did You See Her/Everyday" (1980), Eric's


  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (2002) The Virgin Encyclopedia of 70s Music, MUZE UK Ltd, ISBN 1-85227-947-8, p. 337
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 454
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy "Pink Military Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-05-12
  4. ^ "Pink Military", Keeping It Peel, BBC, retrieved 2011-05-12
  5. ^ Hanson, Amy "Do Animals Believe in God? Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-05-12
  6. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003) The Rough Guide to Rock, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0, p. 793
  7. ^ a b Lazell, Barry (1998) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4, p. 173