AKA: COMING BLOOD / CROSSED HAMMERS
Formed: London, England, UK, as Coming Blood
Originally calling themselves Coming Blood, this potentially great yet ultimately disappointing band debuted on Oi! Oi! That's Yer Lot! with the raucous anti-pope slur 'Such Fun', produced by Mickey Geggus of the Cockney Rejects.
An uncharacteristic attack of taste brought about a name change in time for their debut single, Megalomania. The gentle piano intro offers no warning about the full-tilt rocker that follows, the indecipherable vocals disguising brutal yet intelligent lyrics decrying religious hypocrisy. Every time I hear this it reminds me of how good it is to be alive, it’s perfect and I wouldn't change a thing.
On False Gestures For A Devious Public the band replicated The Damned’s early rave-up assault, but were sloppier and with a heavy metal lead guitarist. They also chucked in some of the Anti-Nowhere League’s unmitigated misanthropy and Splodgenessabounds’ foolishness. The six-minute ‘Sewer Brain’, with its tricky chord changes, horn section and comedy synthesiser borders on prog rock, while ‘Done Some Brain Cells Last Night’ and ‘Joys Of Noise’ celebrate wanton behaviour. The only problem, other than a singer who sounds even rougher than Animal, is that the songs are played too quickly for their own good, robbing them of much of their innate tunefulness.
ABOVE: Article from Punk Lives #10, 1983.Click on images to make them readable
They returned in 1985 with a new lineup and a more heavy metal sound, and split, and reformed ten years after that.
Singles / Albums
|Stark Raving Normal (7", 1983)||False Gestures For A Devious Public
|Se Parare Nex
|South London 5 Hull 4 (Full Time Result) (LP, split with The Gonads, 1988)|
Oi! Chartbusters Volume 1 UK LP 1987 (Link): Stark Raving Normal
Oi! Chartbusters Volume 2 UK LP 1987 (Link): Such Fun
Oi! Chartbusters Volume 3 UK LP 1988 (Link): Napalm Job
Oi!.. The Picture Disc UK LP 1987 (Link): Megalomania
Oi! That's What I Call Music UK LP 1988 (Link): Bad News
Oi! Chartbusters Volume 4 UK LP 1988 (Link): Gestapo Khazi
Oi! Chartbusters Volume 6 UK LP 1990 (Link): Stark Raving Normal
UK/DK - The Original Video Soundtrack Japan CD 1991 (Toy's Factory): Megalomania
Drunk & Disorderly: 16 Down Yer Neck Lager Top Lullabies UK LP 1996 (Step-1 Music): Drunk Addict
Oi! The Singles Collection Vol 2 UK CD 1996 (Captain Oi!): Megalomania / Parasite In Paradise / Calling The Shots