The Adicts in Chicago, 2011
|Also known as||Fun Adicts, ADX|
|Origin||Ipswich, Suffolk, England|
|Genres||Punk rock, punk pathetique, new wave|
|Labels||Dwed Wecords, Cleopatra, Fall Out, SOS Records, Captain Oi|
|Members||Keith "Monkey" Warren (singer)
Pete "Pete Dee" Davison (guitar)
Michael "Kid Dee" Davison (drums)
John "Scruff" Ellis (guitar)
Shahen Hagobian (bass)
|Past members||Tim Hocking (bass)
James Harding (keyboards)
Mel "Spider" Ellis (bass)
David "Pretty Boy" Arnold
Dan "Fiddle Dan" Graziani (fiddle)
Cody "12" Farwell (bass)
The Adicts originated as Afterbirth & The Pinz in late 1975. They soon changed their name to The Adicts and became known for their distinctive Clockwork Orange "droog" image, which along with their urgent, uptempo music and light-hearted lyrics, helped set them apart from other punk bands. In the 1980s, they temporarily changed their name to Fun Adicts (for a children's TV appearance) and then ADX (after signing to a major label).
Their music has catchy melodies and lyrics, and often features extra instruments and sound clips, such as carousel music in "How Sad", violin played by Derick Cook in "Joker in the Pack", and gongs and keyboard percussion by Anthony Boyd in "Chinese Takeaway".
The musicians wear all-white clothing with black boots and black bowler hats. The singer, Keith "Monkey" Warren, wears joker makeup, wildly patterned suits (such as checkerboard or polka dot), flared trousers, colorful dress shirts, bowler hat and gloves. The band's visual look is complemented by their stage shows, involving items such as streamers, confetti, playing cards, beach balls, joker hats, toy instruments, bubbles and glitter.
The band debuted with the 1979 EP Lunch with The Adicts, the first release on the Dining Out label. In 1980 the band recorded the songs "Sympathy" and "Sheer Enjoyment" for an intended single, but they weren't released until the 1984 compilation album This Is Your Life. The band released their debut album, Songs of Praise, in 1981 on their own Dwed Wecords, funded by the band's then-manager Geordie Davison. In 1982, the album was re-released on Fall Out Records, who also issued their first single "Viva la Revolution", which became one of the band's most iconic songs. That same year, the band began their relationship with Razor Records and released their second album, Sound of Music, featuring the single "Chinese Takeaway".
In 1983 the band released "Bad Boy", their highest-charting single. The success of that single led to the band signing with Warner Bros. Records offshoot Sire Records. At this time, the band changed their name to ADX at the behest of Sire, as the name The Adicts was considered to have too much of a negative connotation. The relationship with Sire only lasted for two singles, "Tokyo" (produced by Vapors frontman David Fenton in 1984) and a cover of Marlene Dietrich's "Falling in Love Again" in 1985. 1985 also saw the release of their third album, Smart Alex, on Razor Records, which featured previous singles "Bad Boy" and "Tokyo". The band's third release of the year was the Bar Room Bop EP, this time returning to Fall Out Records. Their fourth album, 1986's Fifth Overture, was initially released only in Germany, and did not see release in their home country until the following year.
The band then entered a period of inactivity, only releasing the live albums Live and Loud!!, recorded in 1981 and released in 1987, and Rockers into Orbit, recorded in 1986 and released in 1990. The band's next studio album finally appeared in 1992, when the US label Cleopatra Records released Twenty-Seven, which wasn't released in the UK until a year later on Anagram Records. 1993 also saw Cleopatra reissuing the band's first three albums, giving those discs their first release in the US.
Another period of inactivity ensued, this time lasting until 2002. That year the band's first album in a decade,Rise and Shine was released on Captain Oi! Records, who also released expanded reissues of all of the band's previous albums with the exception of Songs of Praise. Two years later the Rollercoaster album was released on the US label SOS Records; it has never been officially released in the UK. Over the next couple of years, SOS released their own expanded reissues of Sound of Music, Smart Alex, Twenty-Seven and Rise and Shine. The Adicts' next album was a newly recorded version of their debut Songs of Praise, which was released in 2008 on the European label People Like You Records. A year later, the band released Life Goes On through the same label. In 2012, All the Young Droogs was released on DC-Jam Records.
|Title||Release date||Record label||Peak positions|
|Songs of Praise||1981||Dwed Records||–||15|
|Sound of Music||1982||Razor Records||99||2|
|Smart Alex||1985||Razor Records||–||7|
|Fifth Overture||1986||SL Records||–||7|
|Rise and Shine||2002||Captain Oi! Records||–||–|
|Songs of Praise: 25th Anniversary Edition
(Re-recording of Songs of Praise)
|2008||People Like You Records||–||–|
|Life Goes On||2009||People Like You Records||–||–|
|All the Young Droogs||2012||DC-Jam Records||–||–|
|Title||Release date||Record label|
|Live and Loud||1987||Link|
|Rockers into Orbit||1990||Fall Out|
|Joker in the Pack||2004||Anagram|
|Title||Release date||Record label||Peak position: UK
|This Is Your Life||1984||Fall Out||12|
|The Complete Adicts Singles Collection
(Re-released as The Complete Singles Collection)
|The Best of The Adicts
(Re-released by Anagram in 1998 as The Very Best of The Adicts)
|The Collection (Sound of Music and Smart Alex with bonus tracks)||1997||Taang!|
|Ultimate Adiction - The Best Of||1997||Cleopatra|
|Joker in the Pack||1999||Harry May|
|Made in England||2005||SOS|
|Clockwork Punks: The Collection||2005||Anarchy|
|Title||Release date||Record label|
|Lunch with The Adicts||1979||Dining Out|
|Bar Room Bop||1985||Fall Out|
|Triple B Sides||2008||People Like You Records|
|Title||Release date||Record label||Peak position: UK|
|"Viva la Revolution"||1982||Fall Out|
|"Chinese Takeaway"||1982||Razor Records|
|"Bad Boy"||1983||Razor Records||75|
|"Tokyo" (as ADX)||1984||Sire|
|"Falling In Love Again" (as ADX)||1985||Sire|
|"Viva La Revolution"||1982|
|"Joker in the Pack"||1982|
|"Life Goes On"||2010|
|"Give It to Me Baby"||2013|
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- Sorocco, Erika (2 March 2011). "CALIFORNIAN: English punk band aim to take Temecula by storm". North County Times (San Diego County, California). Retrieved 14 March 2011.
- Forman, Bill (3 March 2011). "Viva la evolution". Colorado Springs Independent. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
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- Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.
- Strong, Martin C. (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie Discography. Canongate. ISBN 0-86241-913-1.
- Official website
- The Adicts discography at Discogs
- The Adicts at AllMusic
- The Adicts at lyrics.wikia
- The Adicts at last.fm
- The Adicts at cxc.info
- Official Record label of the Adicts
- Interview with Keith "Monkey" Warren (in Serbian)
- 2010 Interview with Pete "Dee" Davison on Outsight Radio Hours (audio)