Sometime late 2003...
...sitting round a table in
Luton, three people were discussing the idea
of setting up an official UK Decay website.
There were lots of 'ifs and buts' as well
as the usual debates about style and content,
but the consensus was that it had to be done!
We were aware of a huge amount of UK Decay chatter from various websites all over the globe so we immediately snapped up the domain. We thought it was about time we made our own voice heard again.
UK Decay Communities was launched in March 2004.
We are indebted to Mark Splatters
presents UK Decay'
for inspiring us to get this
project off the ground. Marks Deathrock UK
Decay site had been online for a few years
and helped bring the spirit of Decay to a
new web-savvy generation.
Further searches revealed that
many of UK Decays co-patriot bands such as
Bauhaus, Theatre of Hate, Killing
Joke, Joy Division etc. had all got
their own fully integrated and updated websites.
The time was right for a website that would
act as official presence for the band.
We are the official site for
UK Decay and their community
UK Decay were
much more than a band, "The band
were nothing without their community"
says Steve Spon. This website has always reflected
just that. It was a community that grew with
the band ethos of an exciting new spirit that
shaped and moulded a whole generation.
After six years of UK Decay
Communities, there are now thousands of pictures
of not just the band, but of the post-punk
community that were involved in the early
scene. There are also features and pictures
of scores of bands that co-existed in the
now re-named Beds, Bucks and Herts area of
the UK. UKDK had a policy of giving a 'helping
hand' to others, a policy that this website
would like to continue.
Twenty-six years later in June
2008 with the addition of new drummer Ray
Phillpott, the band reunited. The 'new' UK
Decay went on to perform at the UK
Decay Communities Reunion III, followed
by the 2008 Drop Dead Festival VI.
In 2009, 'UKDK' toured Italy
and appeared at the WGT and
plan further shows in 2010 including a German
tour in April and a return to the Rebellion
Festival in August. Last year (2009)also
saw the re-release of the back catolouge on
a new CD called 'For Madmen Only 2010.'
The band are currently writing new material,
it is hoped this will see the light of day
later this year..
Sadly, UK Decay
founding member and drummer Steven David Harle,
passed away in India in 1995. He is no longer
here to tell his tale, or to play his thundering
rhythms. This website will act as a memorial
for Steve and others, who are much loved and
profoundly missed !