The Adicts

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


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,...

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