Formed: Manchester, England, UK
Punk types. The first single was recorded and mixed in a day.
Here's Andy Sharrocks' bio from myspace:
"Born in Manchester on the west side of The East Lancs (the east lancs is the A 580 a road between Manchester and Liverpool) which is ironic as I ended up in the punk band Accident On The East Lancs.
"Started hanging around bands when I was 11, made my first performance at 14. Moved to Rochdale into a hippie commune at 16 stayed there till..19. Started playing with Accident On The East Lancs in 76 doing covers - Stones, Small Faces, Velvet Underground, Doors, New York Dolls. Started writing my own songs round about the same time, which made the 'musos' in the band leave. Released first single in 79 We Want It Legalised/Tell Me What Ya Mean, released on my own label Roach Records catalogue number SPLIFF 01A. It was double A sided as I figured We Want It Legalised would not get much airplay, it did not get much anyway, only John Peel and Dave Fanning of RTE radio in Dublin playing it as far as I am aware, John Peel however did say it was the most exciting record he had heard since the Sex Pistols, which was pretty groovy at the time. (John Peel obviously can't defend this statement, and I can't prove it but I was listening to radio that night, and I know what I heard). This single was recently featured in Record Collectors magazine at number 74 in the top 100 rarest punk singles. I was also involved in the organisation of The Deeply Vale Free Festival from 76 to 79. I was the DJ for the first two years and played three times with Accident. If you are interested there is now a DVD available recalling the Deeply Vale festivals, log onto www.tractor-ozit.com or look for Deeply Vale in my friends.
"Released second single in 81 called Back End Of Nowhere again on Roach records, also this year recorded cassette album called Shotguns And Hotshots 12 original angry tracks, recorded in four days, and released on Cargo Records. This was recently re-released on vinyl by Last Years Youth in Germany, with 'Back End Of Nowhere' and 'Rat Race' added as bonus tracks, The two singles have been released on various compilations on Bin Liner Records thanks to punk and mod expert and flag waver David 'Dizzy' Holmes of Detour Records Records. 'We Want It Legalised' was recently re released as a replica 500 copy run, only with a picture sleeve.
"1982 left Rochdale and Accident On The East Lancs to deal with a raging drug habit, and as it says in Record Collectors, I threw a few clothes and an acoustic guitar in the back of my van, intending to go back but never did. Joined funk band Paradise Dance.
Released single 'I Believe In Love', as Citizen 88 on Vibes And Vibes, a primarily reggae label, should have been called Love Is but label boss got it wrong. It was my only attempt to go commercial, but still sounds like Bo Diddley with synth".
Andy Sharrocks - vocals
Keiron Miskella - guitar
Dave Addison - bass
Pete Kenyon - drums
Andy Sharrocks - vocals
Nor Pilling - guitar
Andy Schemmet - bass
Phil O'Dell - drums
Singles / Albums
|We Want It Legalised
|The Back End Of Nowhere (7", 1981)|
|Shotguns And Hotshots (tape, 1981)|
Bloodstains Across The U.K. 2 UK LP/CD 1997 (Bloodstains): Tell Me What Ya Mean
Break The Rules #8: Rare Punkrock 1978-'82 Germany LP 1997 (Insekten): We Want It Legalized
Bored Teenagers (14 Great British Punk Originals '77-'82) UK LP/CD 1999 (Bin Liner): Tell Me What Ya Mean
Don't You Know, It's... Last Years Youth! Japan CD 2005 (Wizzard In Vinyl): We Want It Legalized
Raw And Rare British Punk Volume 1 UK LP (Raw Sounds): The Back End Of Nowhere / Rat Race
Download the LP here
More info here