A-HEADS

Formed: Warminster, Wiltshire, England, UK

THE A-HEADS IN ACTION!THE A-HEADS IN ACTION!

ABOVE RIGHT: Review from PUNK LIVES magazine #11, 1983

A melodic yet powerful band from the fertile Warminster area, A-Heads were active between 1981 and 1985 and were an important and much appreciated cog in the local anarcho scene. Their founder member Jock took their name from a piece of graffito scrawled on a wall in Germany, where he was living at the time with his army parents. He found out in 1982 that the graffito had been daubed by the German punk group A-Heads, hence two bands in the early 80s with the same name.

A-Heads - Forgotten Hero - UK 7" 1983 (Bluurg - FISH 3) Inside 1

The British A-Heads were tuneful and thoughtful, and shared stages, members and friendships with both Subhumans and Organised Chaos. Their debut 7", Dying Man was a bitter rant about glue sniffing, which is right up there with 'Suicide Bag' in self-righteous indignation but equally appealing. Single #2 Forgotten Hero was another great tune, but their last year was dogged with lineup problems, and when they recorded it as an album in 1984 Vox Populi came out on cassette only and was their final release.

Original bassist Nige later joined Dick Subhuman in Culture Shock. Sadly, NIgel committed suicide in 1993. Singer Mel left Aheads went on to join Faction.

They have since reformed.

LINEUPS

1981:

Mel - vocals
Jock - guitar
Nigel - bass
Andy - drums

 

1982:

Mel - vocals
Jock - guitar
Nigel - bass
Bruce - drums

 

Early '83:

Mel - vocals
Jock - guitar
Nigel - bass
Wally - drums

Late '83:

Mel - vocals
Jock - guitar
Nigel - bass
Bruce - drums

1984:

Mel - vocals
Jock - guitar
Lester - bass
Wally - drums

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

A-Heads - Dying Man A-Heads - Forgotten Hero A-Heads - Vox Populi    
Dying Man (7", 1982) Forgotten Hero
(7", 1983)
Vox Populi
(Tape, 1984)
   

Extraneous Releases

A-Heads - Discography 1982-2009        
Discography 1982-2009 (LP, 2010)        

Demos / Tapes

Aheads/Organised Chaos - Live Pickwick Studios A-Heads/Subhumans - 14 Months To Go AHEADS - Studio and Live    
Live Pickwick Studios (Tape, split with Organised Chaos, 1982) 14 Months To Go (Tape, split with Subhumans, 1982) Studio And Live Demos (Tape, 1983)    

 

Various Artists

Wessex '81 UK Tape 1981 (Bluurg): Dying Man / Isolated / Telepathy / No Rule

Subversive Elements UK Tape 1982 (Social Disorder Tapes): tracks unknown

Wessex '82 UK 7" 1982 (Bluurg): No Rule

Statements Tape 1985 (no label): Puritan / Self Honesty

Shoulder To Shoulder - Oi! 'N' Punkrock Classics Vol 3 LP 1990s (Street Kids): Dying Man

Anti-War: Anarcho-Punk Compilation Vol. 1 UK CD 2005 (Overground): Forgotten Hero

Links

NIHILISM ON THE PROWL has an excellent article about the band


 

 

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