ALTERNATIVE

Alternative

Formed: Dunfermline, Scotland, UK

Band Bio / Discography / Lineups

These Scottish anarcho punks first surfaced with the poppiest (and by far best) cut on 1981's execrable Bullshit Detector. “Change It’, lifted from their demo, was a pretty crap song, but it had a tune and the whole LP was so miserable that even this innocuous ditty sounded good.

Alternative

Alternative

1981NOW I REALISE

Sometimes it seems so pointless, my head hits off a wall.
No peace, or love, or understanding, no reason for it all.
Fighting losing battles with people I cannot reach.
Realization of my future, a future I cannot see.

Out in the dark there is only you.

Living on illusions, can't face reality,
Knocking down the symptoms that create these fantasies,
Priorities of tough struggle together in my mind,
My goal, my future, anarchy, discovery takes time.

Out in the dark there is only you.

People seem so distant when I've held them by the hand,
Expressions contradict their thoughts,
Can't seem to understand
Hope held for the future lifts me high above their thought,
Realization of my freedom, a freedom that can't be bought.

Out in the dark there is only you.

Sometimes it seems so pointless, my head hits off a wall,
No peace, or love, or understanding,
No reason for it all,
Fighting losing battles with people I cannot reach,
Realization of my future, a future I cannot see

Out in the dark there is only you.

WHERE ARE YOUR HIROSHIMAS?

When the sun rises do you see your shadow
Where are your Hiroshimas? Where are your Hiroshimas?
Does the atomic heat dry you tears
Where are your Hiroshimas? Where are your Hiroshimas?
Does your vision pierce their frozen minds
Where are your Hiroshimas? Where are your Hiroshimas?
This statement of death hangs over our heads
Where are your Hiroshimas? Where are your Hiroshimas?
Will that burning light shatter your dreams
Where are your Hiroshimas? Where are your Hiroshimas?
Will the man on the button hear your screams
Where are your Hiroshimas? Where are your Hiroshimas?
Does it seem so distant inevitable genocide
Where are your Hiroshimas? Where are your Hiroshimas?
Is the future of mankind just another scare
Where are your Hiroshimas? Where are your Hiroshimas?
When the sun sets will you see their graves
Where are your Hiroshimas? Where are your Hiroshimas?
Where are your Hiroshimas? Where are your Hiroshimas?

So, having released their first recording via Crass, they spent the rest of their career being compared to them.

By the time of the In Nomine Patri EP, they had a second guitarist - Dougie McHale (Actives) - and Wilf had been replaced by Gordon 'Gogs' Smith. With the addition of another vocalist (Linda 'Linger' Rotherham) they then shared a split cassette with Dirt and Reality Control (Live 23.10.82 The Bunker), and underwent more lineup changes. The new band released If They Treat You Like Shit - Act Like Manure, an LP which is considered an anarcho punk classic. They split in 1986 after recording more demos with yet more personnel revisions.

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Alternative - In Nomine Patri Alternative - If They Treat You Like Shit - Act Like Manure      
In Nomine Patri
(7", 1982)
If They Treat You Like Shit - Act Like Manure
(LP, 1984)
     

Extraneous Releases

Alternative - Demos 1982      
Demos 1982
(LP, 2011)
       

Demos / Tapes

Alternative - 1st Demo Alternative - 2nd Demo Alternative - Anti-Christ Tape Alternative - Sunderland Bunker 23/10/82 Alternative - War - The Inheritance Of Hate
1st Demo
(Tape, 1981)
2nd Demo
(Tape, 1981)
Anti-Christ
(Tape, 1982)
Sunderland Bunker 23/10/82 (Tape, 1982) War - The Inheritance Of Hate (Tape, 1983)
Alternative - Live At Vauxhall '84 Alternative - Eat The Rich Alternative - How Dare You! Alternative - Isolation From Oneself Alternative / Toxic Shock - Love And Life
Live At Vauxhall '84
(Tape, 1984)
Eat The Rich
(Tape, 1984)
How Dare You!
(Tape, 1984)
Isolation From Oneself (Tape, 1984) Love And Life
(Tape, c.1984)
Alternative - Just Because The Boot Fits, Doesn't Mean You Have To Wear It Alternative - Touch The Earth Alternative - No Government Can Ever Give You Freedom    
Just Because The Boot Fits, Doesn't Mean You Have To Wear It
(Tape, 1985)
Touch The Earth
(Tape, 1986)
No Government Can Ever Give You Freedom (Tape, 1987)    
 

Various Artists

Bullshit Detector UK LP 1981 (Crass): Change It

Live 23.10.82 The Bunker UK Tape 1982 (self-released): Try To Understand / What Now / Barrier War / Child Of The System / Moral Bondage / Warfear Great Britain / Dellusions

The Animals Packet UK Tape 1983 (Sky & Trees Tapes): Sick Man's Slaughter / Vanity Massacre

"Yes You Guessed It" UK Tape 1983 (Still Dying Tapes): Hawks & Doves / Killing Machine

Religious Vomit UK Tape 1983 (Public Disturbance): Hawks & Doves

1984 And All That... UK Tape 1980s (no label): Another Subversive Peace Song

A-Sides (Part Two. 1982-1984) UK CD 1992 (Crass): Anti-Christ

Anti-Society: Anarcho Punk Compilation Vol. 3 UK CD 2006 (Overground): Where Are Your Hiroshimas?

Links

Alternative fansite - really very good indeed, this one.

Lots of dodgy downloads - get their demos here

LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND - Beautiful photos and text

Punky Gibbon - Alternative

 

You can add stuff and make comments/corrections by emailing me at:

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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