Splodgenessabounds


Splodgenessabounds

Splodgenessabounds is an English punk rock band formed in Keston, Bromley. The band is associated with the Oi! and Punk Pathetique genres. Their frontman is Max Splodge. The band is best known for their 1980 song "Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please", which would later inspire the title of the BBC situation comedy, "Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps". The song was the B side of a single, and the less-popular A side was "Simon Templar", a souped-up version of the theme tune of the ITV series, "Return of the Saint".

Career

The band was originally fronted by Max Splodge and his girlfriend of the time, who was known as Baby Greensleeves. In the band's early days, they were noted for playing pranks. These included leaving Splodge stranded on top of a set of speakers for an entire set; supporting themselves when the support band failed to show by playing the wrong instruments badly at deafening volume levels; and a stunt where Splodge was rumoured to be held in Maidstone Prison and came on stage handcuffed to a prison officer. Splodgenessabounds' stage show sometimes went to carnivalesque extremes.

Police were frequenting their live shows by December 1979, due to reports of public nudity and "farting on demand" during renditions of "Michael Booth's Talking Bum", and "Blown Away Like A Fart In A Thunderstorm", during which "Max gets a blowjob onstage from his female singing partner." [cite book | last = Gimarc | title = Punk Diary 1970-1982 | pages = 271]

The group was also prone to humorously grandiose press release claims, such as the announcement that their debut album would be a triple, including a side of "old material transcribed from their own cassettes, coupled with their 'Pathetic Movements Manifesto'", and including a free Christmas tree with every copy. [cite book | last = Gimarc | title = Punk Diary 1970-1982 | pages = 386]

Their cover version of "Two Little Boys" appeared on the soundtrack to the 1981 film, "Urgh! A Music War". In 2006, the band appeared on "Harry Hill's TV Burp", after being featured on "Rock School" with Gene Simmons. Hill made fun of the Kiss frontman, and Splodgenessabounds performed at the end of the show, accompanied by Hill dressed as "The Demon", Gene Simmons.

Partial discography

ingles

* "Simon Templar" / "Michael Booth's Talking Bum" / "Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps "Please" (Deram) - 1980 - UK Number 7
* "Two Little Boys" / "Horse" / "Sox" / "Butterfly" (Deram) - 1980 - UK Number 26
* "Cowpunk Medlum" / "Brown Paper" / "Have You Got a Light Boy?" / "Morning Milky" (Deram) - 1981 - UK Number 69cite book
first= David
last= Roberts
year= 2006
title= British Hit Singles & Albums
edition= 19th
publisher= Guinness World Records Limited
location= London
pages= p. 521
id= ISBN 1-904994-10-5
]

Albums

*"Splodgenessabounds" (Deram) - 1981
*"The Search For The Seven Golden Gussets" (Razor Records) - 1982 (as Splodge)
*"I Don't Know" - 2000 (as Captain Oi)
*"The Artful Splodger" - 2001

Band members

Original lineup

*Max Splodge - Vocals
*Chrissie (Baby Greensleeves) - Backing Vocals
*Desert Island Joe - Coconuts
*Miles Flat - Guitar
*Pat Thetic - Guitar
*Roger Rodent - Bass
*Wiffy Archer - Comb & Paper
*Winston Forbe - Keyboards
*Squint - Windows

Later lineups

On "I Don't Know"
*Max Splodge - Vocals
*Darryl Barth/Garry Lammin/Phil Astronaut - Guitars
*Ravi Wanker - Sitar
*Ian Whitehouse - Drums

On "The Artful Splodger"
*Max Splodge - Vocals
*Darryl Barth - Guitar
*Würzel / Garry Lammin - Guitars
*Micky Fitz - Vocals

ee also

*List of British punk bands
*List of musicians in the first wave of punk music
*List of Peel sessions
*Timeline of punk rock
*List of Identity Parade guests on Never Mind the Buzzcocks
*Public house

References

External links

* [http://www.myspace.com/splodgetheband Official Band Myspace]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/artists/s/splodgenessaboun/ BBC - Keeping It Peel - biographical webpage]


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