The Adicts Biography

The Adicts can be singled out from the host of other UK punk hopefuls of the early 80s largely due to their image. The adoption of black bowler hats and face make-up showed more than a passing resemblance to the unruly characters in Stanley Kubrick’s controversial film A Clockwork Orange, and reflected the Adicts’ brand of boot-boy, new wave music. The band was originally based in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, and comprised lead singer Monkey (Keith Warren), who had grotesquely perfected Malcolm McDowell’s Alex grin, plus Kid Dee (b. Michael Davison; drums), Pete Davidson (guitar) and Mel Ellis (bass). Their debut EP, Lunch With The Adicts, was the first release on the Dining Out label in 1981. This was followed by Songs Of Praise for DWED in October, which has subsequently become something of a cult classic in punk record-collecting circles. The band then moved to the Fall Out label for ‘Viva La Revolution’, before they again changed labels, settling at the appropriately named Razor Records. There they achieved two UK Independent Top 10 singles, ‘Chinese Takeaway’ (1982) and ‘Bad Boy’ (1983). The ensuing album, Sound Of Music, even managed to scrape into the lower reaches of the UK chart for one week, which was only 380 weeks less than Julie Andrews’ collection of the same name. All was then quiet for two years, until the Adicts popped up in 1985, back at Fall Out, with a new EP, Bar Room Bop. In the late 80s, there were a trickle of albums of limited interest outside of hardened punk audiences in Europe and the USA. The band, which re-formed in 1993, have continued to play to loyal audiences around the world.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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