The Parkinsons (band)

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The Parkinsons
OriginCoimbra, Portugal
GenresPunk rock
Years active2000–2005, 2012-
LabelsFierce Panda, Elevator Music, Rastilho Records, Wrench, Garagem
Associated acts77, The Tédio-Boys, Blood Safari, Tiguana Bibles, Johnny Throttle, King Salami and the Cumberland 3, Bunny Ranch etc
MembersAfonso Pinto
Victor Torpedo
Pedro Chau
João Sylva
Ricardo Brito
Past membersChris Low
Nick Sanderson
Eric Baconstrip
Carlos Mendes
Shaun Clark
Danny Fury
Paula Nozzari
Jimmy Jones

The Parkinsons are a punk rock band originally from Coimbra, Portugal, formed in the year 2000 and based in London, known for their outrageous live performances.


The band was formed by singer Afonso Pinto (aka Al Zheimer), guitarist Victor Silveira (aka Victor Torpedo), and bass guitarist Pedro Chau, and took their name from Parkinson's disease.[1][2] Torpedo and Xau were already well known in their native country having played in the bands 77 and The Tédio Boys, releasing three albums between 1994 and 1998.[1] The band soon built a reputation for riotous live shows and clashes with police, and relocated to the United States, where they were asked to perform at Joey Ramone's birthday party.[1] The band secured support slots on tours with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and The Fall, where they caused further controversy and excitement by often appearing on stage naked.[1] The band relocated to London in 2000 and recruited former Apostles/Political Asylum drummer Chris Low before recording their debut album, A Long Way to Nowhere (2002), which was produced by Ben Lurie and Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain, and was described in The Times as "a melody-soaked revelation: 30 minutes of blank generation brilliance".[1][3] The band were compared to The Stooges by the NME, who also called them "Europe's snotty, messed up answer to The Strokes",[4] and to Sham 69 by Q.[5] The band played at the Reading Festival in 2001, where a drunken Pinto greeted fellow-performers The Strokes whilst smearing chocolate fudge cake on his genitals before flicking it in his visitors' faces, and Pinto's girlfriend was "forcibly ejected" by security staff after running onto the stage topless.[6][7][8] In 2001 they were described as "a danger-junkie's wildest fantasy, a journalist's wet dream, and a venue-promoter's nightmare",[8] and a year later as "the most dangerous live band around", with gigs variously ending abruptly with the band damaging stage equipment.[8][9]

Pinto left the band in 2003, with the band's songwriter Torpedo taking over on vocals, and new guitarist Jet and drummer Eric Baconstrip added. The same year, Pinto was involved in a recreation of The Cramps' infamous 1978 performance at the Napa Mental Institute in California, taking on the role of Lux Interior in the show at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts.[10] The band split up in 2005, but reformed with Pinto in 2006 for a gig to celebrate 10 years of one of their favourite venues, the Dirty Water Club in North London.

The Parkinsons reformed in 2011 for some concerts. In July 2012 they played in the Optimus Alive! festival and in September they released a new album, "Back to Life".[11]

The Parkinsons playing the States Club, Coimbra, 2011-10-09
The Parkinsons playing the States Club, Coimbra, 2011-10-09



  • A Long Way To Nowhere (2002) Fierce Panda (produced by Jim Reid & Ben Lurie from The Jesus and Mary Chain)
  • Reason to Resist (2004) Curfew Records
  • Down With The Old World (2005) Rastilho Records (Compilation album)
  • Back To Life (2012) Garagem (produced by the Parkinsons & Toni Lourenço)
  • The Shape Of Nothing To Come (2018) Rastilho Records


  • "Streets of London" (2002), Fierce Panda
  • "New Wave" (2004), Curfew
  • Up For Sale EP (2005), Wrench
  • "Good Reality" (2012), Garagem
  • "City of Nothing" (2013) Garagem 7" VINYL

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • T in the Park (2002) - free CD with The List - "Primitive"
  • Mosh EP (2002), Fierce Panda - "Bad Girl"
  • Mosh & Go (2002), Fierce Panda - "Bad Girl"
  • Live the Dream - The Second Fierce Panda sampler (2002), Fierce Panda - "Nothing to Lose"
  • Sonic Mook Experiment 2 - Future Rock & Roll (2002), Blast First - "Primitive"


  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 910
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin The Encyclopedia of Popular Music
  3. ^ Cowan, Amber (2002) "The Parkinsons Long Way to Nowhere", The Times, 9 March 2002
  4. ^ Chick, Stevie (2001) "The Parkinsons - London Boston Arms", NME, 20 October 2001
  5. ^ Aston, Martin (2002) "The Parkinsons A Long Way to Nowhere", Q, March 2002
  6. ^ Wells, Steven (2002) "Filthy Cock Rock", Bizarre, May 2002
  7. ^ Simpson, Dave (2002) "Ikara Colt/The Parkinsons - Barfly, Sheffield", The Guardian, 5 March 2002
  8. ^ a b c Price, Simon (2001) "See 'em before they get locked up", The Independent, 23 December 2001
  9. ^ Price, Simon (2002) "Fischerspooner, The Bridge, London/Love with Arthur Lee, The Stables, Milton Keynes/Future Rock & Roll, ICA, London", The Independent, 10 June 2002
  10. ^ Aitch, Iain (2003) "'It beats bingo!'", The Guardian, 17 March 2003
  11. ^ Amanda Ribeiro (06/07/2012). "As bandas portuguesas no Optimus Alive". Publico. Retrieved 9 July 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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