The X-Certs

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Not to be confused with the later Scottish band The Xcerts.

The X-Certs
Origin Bristol, England
Genres New wave, reggae
Years active 1978–1981
Labels Heartbeat
Cherry Red
Bristol Recorder
Bristol Archive
Associated acts Disorder, Subway Sect, JoBoxers
Website The X-Certs website
Members Clive Arnold,
Simon Justice,
Phil Lovering (Taf),
Neil Mackie,
Kevin Mills,
Chris Bostock

The X-Certs were an English band formed in 1978, which originally started as a punk band. They released the track "Blue Movies" on the Heartbeat Records 1979 EP 4 Alternatives, and subsequently had "Anthem" included on the label's seminal compilation album Avon Calling. They contributed two tracks to Bristol Recorder 2, and were including reggae by the time of their 1981 Recreational Records single "Together/Untogether".[1] This was to be their last recording as they split up in early 1981 when Chris Bostock was recruited by Bernie Rhodes to play with Johnny Britton.[2]

Tracks have been re-released over the years. In 2009, the retrospective album Fussing & Fighting on Bristol Archive Records was released.[3]


  1. ^ "The X-Certs Biography". Bristol Archive Retrieved 29 Jan 2018. 
  2. ^ Ogg, Alex. (2006). No More Heroes - A Complete History of British Punk, Great Britain: Cherry Red Books, p.711 ISBN 978-1901447651;
  3. ^ "The X-Certs". Retrieved 2 June 2016. 

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