G.B.H.

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": hardcore punk punk street punk punk rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Formerly known as Charged G.B.H. (truncating the name by the release of 1986’s Oh No It’s G.B.H. Again! EP), the band formed just as the initial impetus of the punk movement was petering out in 1980, counting the Exploited and Discharge among their peers. Comprising Cal (Colin Abrahall; vocals), Jock Blyth (guitar), Ross (bass) and Wilf (drums), they adopted a violent and aggressive image (G.B.H., of course, standing for ‘grievous bodily harm’), sporting multi-coloured mohican haircuts and de rigeur studded and chained leathers. Musically, they combined influences such as the Ramones and Venom into a hardcore metallic barrage of testosterone-led frustration. With ‘smash-the-system’ sloganeering in place of lyrics, they were an uncompromising and extreme musical outfit during the early 80s, and exerted some influence on the thrash and hardcore movements that followed. While musically they could be exciting, any enjoyment was downgraded...

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