The Cravats

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The Cravats are a punk rock band originally from Redditch, England, founded in 1977 by Robin Dallaway (vocals, guitar) and The Shend (real name Chris Harz) (bass, vocals). Current members are The Shend (vocals), Viscount Biscuits (guitar,) Svor Naan (saxophone), Joe 91 (bass) and Rampton Garstang (drums).[1]


The first single from the Cravats was the self-financed "Gordon", released in 1978. On 31 July 1979 they recorded their first session for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1. Soon after they received a recording contract with Small Wonder Records. Three further Peel Sessions followed on 6 October 1980, 18 August 1981 and 15 November 1982.

The band had a rest in 1982, with Dallaway and The Shend forming The Very Things, as well as DCL Lococmotive and The Babymen.[2]

The Cravats original members The Shend and Svor Naan put together a 'live ensemble' for the Rebellion Punk Festival in August 2009/2010.[3] The Cravats live ensemble have continued to play live with gigs in Dublin, London and a further appearance at Rebellion in August 2011. They will also be performing at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg, the Netherlands in September and are special guests of Steve Ignorant (Crass) at the final 'Last Supper' show on 19 November at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.

A CD reissue of their first LP, 'The Cravats In Toytown' was released in 2012. It is accompanied by an additional CD featuring a complete remoulding of the original 'In Toytown' 8 track masters by Penny Rimbaud (Crass).

On 11 March 2016 The Cravats their first new recorded material in 30 years in the form of Jingo Bells/Batterhouse, a limited edition 7" released on Overground Records. The record received favourable reviews and numerous plays from Gideon Coe, Marc Riley and Henry Rollins to name but a few.


Chart placings are from the UK independent chart.[4]


  • "Gordon"/"Situations Vacant" (September 1978, Cravats, 7", CH 004, Small Wonder stamped on some copies)
  • "Burning Bridges"/"I Hate The Universe"/"The End" (June 1979, Small Wonder, 7", SMALL 15)
  • "Precinct"/"Who's In Here With Me" (August 1980, Small Wonder, 7" SMALL 24) No. 3 9
  • "Firemen"/"A Flux in 3D: Divide" (March, 1981, Split Flexi Disc, issued free with Dutch magazine Vinyl)
  • "You're Driving Me"/"I Am The Dreg" (March 1981, Small Wonder, 7", SMALL 25)
  • "Off The Beach"/"And The Sun Shone" (November 1981, Small Wonder, 7", SMALL 26)
  • "Terminus"/"Little Yellow Froggy" (February 1982, Glass Records, 7", GLASS 021)
  • "Rub Me Out"/"When Will We Fall" (July 1982, Crass Records, 7", 221984/4) No. 15
  • "In The Land Of The Giants" (February 1986, Reflex, 12", 12RE 10) No. 44
  • "Seance" (with Paul Hartnoll) (2006, Caroline True Records)
  • "Jingo Bells/Batterhouse" (March 2016, Overground Records)


  • The Cravats In Toytown (October 1980, Small Wonder, CRAVAT 1) No. 19
  • The Colossal Tunes Out (1986, Corpus Christi, CHRIST IT'S 8)
  • The Cravats - In the Land of the Giants (November 2006, Overground Records, OVER 112VP)


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  2. ^ Strong, Martin C. (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie Discography. Canongate. ISBN 0-86241-913-1. 
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  4. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4. 

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