BLOOD AND ROSES

Formed: Stoke Newington, North London, England, UK

Blood and Roses

So-called "positive punk" band. These squatters (featuring an ex-pat Aussie on guitar) were popular in London in the early-to-mid-80s, although they were also variously described as anarcho punk, hippy punk, even acid punk. Like Part 1, UK Decay and Brigandage they played doomy, tribal punk that placed them simultaneously into the anarcho and goth brackets.

Their first demo - recorded in 1981 - was deemed by the band to be so bad that bassist Ruth 'Ruthless' Tyndall quit soon after. After a short spell playing as "A,B,C,D,E,F,G" they settled on the name Blood And Roses and became embroiled in the current anarcho punk scene. In 1983 they released their well-received debut single, the 12" Blood And Roses, and a tape compilation for 96 Tapes, Life After Death.

Following a short breakup, the band bounced back in 1985 with a new lineup, featuring Martin Parrott of Case on drums. They released another single, (Some) Like It Hot, and finally an LP, Enough Is Never Enough, but split for good in 1986.

Post-Blood and Roses, Martin Parrott formed Dirty Love, who released an LP in 2006 (Trashed), and reformed Case.

Blood and Roses - Punk Lives Article Part 1Blood and Roses - Punk Lives Article Part 1

ABOVE: Article from Punk Lives #5, 1983

LINEUP #1 (1980-1981)

Lisa Kirby - vocals
Bob Short (ex-Urban Guerrillas, pre-Junkyard Blues) - guitars, keyboards, effects
Ruth 'Ruthless' Tyndall - bass
Richard Morgan - drums

LINEUP #2 (1981)

Lisa Kirby - vocals
Bob Short - guitars, keyboards, effects
Clapham - bass
Richard Morgan - drums

LINEUP #3 (1981-1983)

Lisa Kirby - vocals
Bob Short - guitars, keyboards, effects
Jez James - bass
Richard Morgan - drums

LINEUP #4 (1985-1986)

Lisa Kirby - vocals
Bob Short - guitars, keyboards, effects
Ralph Jezzard - bass
Martin Parrott - drums (ex and pre-Case, pre-Dirty Love)

LINEUP #5 (1986)

Lisa Kirby - vocals
Bob Short - guitars, keyboards, effects
Ralph Jezzard - bass
Kate - drums

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Blood And Roses (Some) Like It Hot Enough Is Never Enough    
Blood And Roses
(12", 1983)
(Some) Like It Hot (7"/12", 1985) Enough Is Never Enough (LP, 1985)    

Extraneous Releases

Life After Death Same As It Never Was      
Life After Death
(Tape, 1983)
Same As It Never Was - The Collection
(CD, 2007)
     

 

Various Artists

The Whip UK LP 1982 (Kamera): ShM YhShVh

In The Old Days...No.7 UK Tape 1987 (RAC Cassettes): Unknown / Tomorrow

Links

KILL YOUR PET PUPPY - John Peel Session 1983

LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND - Excellent bio with photos

 

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

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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