Brainiac 5

Formed: Penzance, Cornwall, England, 1977

This pretty obscure but rather good band mixed punk with psychedelia ands boogie with enough panache to earn themselves a cult status. Both of their singles are rare gems. Their first outing however was on the DOuble Booked compilation, which was released by the William IV pub in Truro, Cornwall to promote local bands. 'Marilyn Munroe' was boogie basically, 'Natty Punko' a punk piss-take. After the Mushy Doubt EP the band moved to London, underwent a lineup shuffle and released their second single, Working, in 1979. The same year also an LP being recorded, but the group split up and it was only released posthumously in 1988, as World Inside. Another archival release, the Time 7", had been issued in 1986.

The band reformed in 2012. Guitarist Richard Booth and keyboard player Duncan Kerr also played with Plummet Airlines.

According to their website:

OUR INFLUENCES: Captain Beefheart, Spirit, MC5, Sun Ra, Quicksilver, Sex Pistols, Television, CAN, Albert Ayler, John Fahey, Evan Parker, Robbie Basho, early Blue Oyster Cult, Grateful Dead, Amon Duul II, Cluster, Love, Henry Cow, Soft Machine, Caravan, Byrds, Fairport Convention, Frank Zappa, Groundhogs, Hawkwind, Stooges, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Little Feat, Tower Of Power, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Miles Davis 1969-1975, Moby Grape, The Move, Motorpsycho, Pink Fairies, Pretty Things, Ramones, Status Quo, Tim Buckley, Van Der Graaf Generator, Velvet Underground, Wire, XTC, Family and more...


Subsequent studio albums: Space Is The Place (2013), Exploding Universe (2015), Journey To X (2017).

Singles / Albums

The Brainiac Five ‎– Mushy Doubt Brainiac 5 ‎– Working      
Mushy Doubt
(7", 1978)
(7", 1979)

Extraneous Releases

Brainiac 5 ‎– Time Brainiac 5 ‎– World Inside Brainiac 5 - When Silence Was Sound 1977-1980    
(7", 1986)
World Inside
(LP, 1988)
When Silence Was Sound 1977-1980
(CD, 2014)

Various Artists

Double Booked UK LP 1977 (W4): Marilyn Munroe / Natty Punko

The Brits Are Coming #1 - Rare & Unknown UK Punk 1977-'83 Belgium CDR 2009 (AK79 Recordings): Vegetable





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