THE EPILEPTICS – 1970’s EP 1981

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Nice little record now and info by Punk77: From Bishop Stortford England, The Epileptics (Colin – vocals, Clive – guitar, Derek – bass & Richard – drums) were originally going to be called The Epileptic Fits, a name suggested by Colin’s mum, but the band decided that The Epileptics sounded better and were formed in summer of 1978. Crass played in Bishop’s Stortford in August 1978 and the two bands got talking. A few weeks later The Epileptics had a gig with Crass at The Basement in Covent Garden. Only five people turned up during the soundcheck, then left. The Epileptics played their set to Crass followed by Crass playing their set to The Epileptics. An alliance had been formed that would last for many years! Complaints of ‘ill-conceited jocularity’ from The British Epilepsy Association resulted in a name change to Epi-x, later also changed to The Licks by someone from Stortbeat when they released the bands debut “1970s” single (much played by John Peel) a second time when they needed more money. More releases and national acclaim followed, all too much for the local punks to handle so a backlash started and in 1979 the last few gigs ended in slanging matches. They play rough and unpolished UK anarcho-punk as it was customary for the 80s. During the middle of 1980 the band changed their name to Flux Of Pink Indians.


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