look at UK Decay’s line-up from 1979 to 1982 including
a brief look at The Rezistors , UK Decay’s
Rezistors formed christmas1977 and played their first gig at Luton’s Barnfield
College. The earliest line-up was Ricky Smith - Vocals Martyn Smith - Guitar
Dave Stubbs - Guitar Mick Dove - Bass and the late Steve Harle – Drums.
Through 1978 there were various line-up changes resulting in Steve Harle drums,
Martin Smith Bass, Abbo guitar and first Ricky Smith followed by Paul Wilson
and St Albans Simon - before Abbo took over on vocals in early 1979.
UK Decay 1979
, Martin Smith left Abbo middle
Steve Harle right
With Steve 'Abbo' Abbott on vocals the band were now a 3 piece (Steve Harle
drums, Martin Smith Bass, Abbo guitar,vocals). In early 1979, The Rezistors
teamed up with another local band Pneumania and played some live shows together.
This led on to the two bands producing a single together, the ‘Split
Single’. After completing the recording session in April 1979 Abbo announced
to the world the bands new name; UK Decay.
The 3-piece line-up only lasted 6 months until October 1979 with the inclusion
of Steve Spon guitar formally with Pneumania relieving Abbo toconcentrate
on vocals although occasionally picking up the guitar.
UK Decay early 1980 L - R
Spon,Abbo,Steve & Martin
Now with Steve Harle drums, Martin Smith Bass, Abbo guitar/vocals
and Steve Spon guitar we enter the early classical UK Decay line-up lasting
from October 1979 until the departure of Martin Smith in January 1981. This
line-up recorded 3 singles (The Black Cat EP, For My Country and Dresden/Unexpected
Guest) and as well as touring with ‘The Dead Kennedys’ on their
first UK tour toured extensively in Europe and the UK. The remaining 3 would
continue together up until the end at that auspicious ‘last day of 1982’
gig at Hammersmith.
early classical UK Decay line-up
October1979 - January 1981
Lol Turvey on the left
January1981 - July 1981
departure of Martin Smith led to a 6-month period in which UK Decay had problems
in finding a permanent Bassist. As there was a European tour arranged Loraine
Turvey stood in on bass. Loraine (‘Lol’) Turvey’s period with
UK Decay lasted only a couple of months but in that time the band had played
some significant shows in some of Europe’s main capitals and had started
to get some real media attention. The photo on the left was included in the
first ‘front page’ for UK Decay in the UK music rag ‘Sounds’.
Lol however had commitments and went her own way.
creetin on right
Early spring 1981 saw UK Decay again without a bass player,
however Steve, Abbo and Spon were busier than ever. They were writing and recording
material for the first album at the same time they had a tour in April of that
year planned in the USA. Creeton Kaos vocals with the US west coast hardcore
punk band ‘Social Unrest’ stepped in on bass for UK Decay for that
tour. Creeton returned with UK Decay to the UK and played bass for the band
on their first major headlining UK tour he also recorded material for the album.
late classical UK Decay line-up
July 1981 - January 1983
Edwin Branch, left
Eventually Creeton Kaos returned to the US and UK decay was yet again without
a bassist. Eventually in July 1981 Edwin ‘Twiggy’ Branch from Northampton
stepped in and invigorated a weary UK Decay. This line-up is remembered by many
as the ‘Classical UK Decay’ and continued to the final demise of
UK Decay on that last but one day of 1982. With the inclusion of ‘Twiggy’
the band completed the recording of the Album (For Madmen Only) and went on
to record the ‘Rising from the Dread’ EP as well as touring extensively
in the UK and Europe.
This UK Decay line-up with Steve Harle drums, Edwin
‘Twiggy’ Branch bass, Abbo guitar/vocals and Steve Spon guitar
had persevered 18 months from July 1981 to December 30th 1982. The final gig
on that day was recorded for posterity and came out as a post-hummus cassette
album release, ‘A Night for Celebration’ which was released in
Steve Harle, Edwin ‘Twiggy’ Branch and Abbo continued together
recruiting a new guitarist ‘Patrick’ first of all and changing
their name at first to ‘Slave Drive’ and or ‘Meat of Youth’.
Later in 1983 Patrick was replaced by ex Gene Loves Jezebel guitarist
Albie de Luca and the name was changed to ‘FURYO’.
Steve Spon eventually teamed up with Mark Bond bass and Errol Blyth vocals
(both ex Ritual) recruiting Colin Rocks on drums to form ‘In Excelsis’.
Personel...UK Decay..what they did after..
& Guitar - current member
& Keyboards - current member
Guitar- current member
April 1979- January 1981
January 1981 -March 1981
April 1981 -June 1981
Steve 'Abbo' Abbott
After Furyo disbanded in 1985, Abbo moved into music production
and management. Forming his own companies, Big cat records and Bedlam Artist
Management his first success in 1989 was EMF, other acts included
In 1997 he moved into the 'Classical' arena and produced the music programme
for Princess Diana’s Funeral Service. He now manages New Zealand soprano
Hayley Westenra, violinist Nicola Benedetti, and pianist Lang Lang, and has
produced top several selling albums. In 2007 he featured as a judge on BBC2's
After the demise of IN Excelsis in 1985 Spon moved into music production and
live sound. In 1990 he formed a band again, 'Techno with guitars'-Big Eye
with G.R.Stronach and D.Smith from Click Click. In 1997 he released his first
major solo project, 'Earthlights' under the monica of Nostramus. As a producer
and engineer, he has been involved in a vast array of record productions and
projects and today is still producing music for himself and others.
Steven David Harle
After Furyo disbanded in 1985, Steve Harle moved into tour management, often
working for Abbo's Big cat artists.
He managed Faith Over Reason and went on the road with Carter USM.
In the early nineties Steve spent an increasing amount of time travelling
around the world and in May 1995 he tragically passed away in Bangalore, India.
Steven David Harle R.I.P
Jason 'Creetin K-os ' returned to the United States in June 1981 and rejoined
Social Unrest on vocals. They hailed from Hayward, near San Francisco and soon
established themselves as one of the leading forces of the Bay Area early HC
Thrash scene. They split in 1986 but have reformed in recent years.
Edwin 'ED','Twiggy' Branch
After Furyo disbanded in 1985, ED eventually teamed up with ex Bauhaus vocalist,
Pete Murphy and played bass for him on several world tours during the 1990's.
He also played with west coast band Kommunity FX
After leaving UK Decay in 1981, Martin formed a band called '24 Colours' with
Pete Keady guitar and Andy McGloin on drums.
Lol returned to The Statics after her breif encounter with UK Decay in 1981.
- current member
March 2008 - Present
New drummer Raymond Phillpott, fills the late Steve Harle’s highly
respected position on the drum stool. As well as using Steve’s old drum
kit, Ray was actually taught by the late great man himself to play some of
the famous DK licks.
In the mid 80’s Ray drummed for legendary Luton post punk band, the
Party Girls. Later he played for The Bright Four. His emulation of the distinctive
UK DK drum sound is spot on.
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