This influential rock band from Birmingham, England, was formed in 1981 by teenagers Nic Bullen (Nicholas James Bullen, England) and Miles Ratledge. Dispensing with their original anarcho punk style by the mid-80s, they then absorbed punk and thrash metal influences to create the new subgenera of grindcore, arguably the most extreme of all musical forms. Side one of their 1987 debut album featured Bullen (bass/vocals), Justin Broadrick (b. 1969, Birmingham, England; guitar) and Mick Harris (b. Michael John Harris, England; drums), but by side two this had switched to Bill Steer (b. William Geoffrey Steer, 3 December 1969, Stockton-on-Tees, England; guitar), Jim Whiteley (bass) and Lee Dorrian (b. Coventry, England; vocals), with Harris the only survivor from that first inception (though that, too, had been subject to numerous changes). Broadrick went on to join Head Of David and Godflesh. Scum largely comprised sub-two-minute blasts of metallic white noise,...
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