Tuesday, April 10, 2007

SPLODGENESSABOUNDS : Splodgenessabounds (1981)

Splodgenessabounds is a British punk rock band, associated with the Oi! and Punk Pathetique genres. Their frontman is Max Splodge.

The band was originally fronted by Splodge and his girlfriend of the time, who was known as Baby Greensleeves. The band is best known for their 1980 track, "Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps", coining a phrase that lent its name to a BBC sitcom. Peculiarly, the song was the B side of a single.
The less-popular A side was "Simon Templar", a souped-up version of the theme tune of the ITV TV series, The Saint. 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 the band performed at the end of the show, accompanied by Hill dressed as "The Demon", Gene Simmons.

In the band's early days, they were noted for playing pranks. These included leaving Splodge stranded on top of a seat 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." The group was 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. (wikipedia)
Thanks to Hangover Hard (link with d/l)

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