THE DESPERATE BICYCLES a

Formed: Dalston, London, England, UK

"The Desperate Bicycles were formed in March 1977 specifically for the purpose of recording and releasing a single on their own label. They booked a studio in Dalston (London) for three hours and with a lot of courage and a little rehearsal they recorded 'Smokescreen' and 'Handlebars' It subsequently leapt at the throat... They'd really like to know why you havn't made your single yet. "It was easy, it was cheap, go and do it" (the complete cost of "Smokescreen" was £153) The medium may very well have been tedium but it's changing fast. So if you can understand, go and join a band. Now it's your turn.............."
(Liner notes on 2nd single, July 1977)

The Desperate Bicycles - Smokescreen - UK 7" 1977 (Refill - RR1) A-Side The Desperate Bicycles - The Medium Was Tedium - UK 7" 1977 (Refill - RR2) A-Side

The Desperate Bicycles - New Cross, New Cross - UK 7" 1978 (Refill - RR3) A-SideThe Desperate Bicycles - New Cross, New Cross - UK 7" 1978 (Refill - RR3) B-Side

The Desperate Bicycles - Remorse Code - UK 7" 1980 (Refill - RR6) A-SideThe Desperate Bicycles - Remorse Code - UK 7" 1980 (Refill - RR6) B-Side

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums


The Desperate Bicycles - Smokescreen The Desperate Bicycles - The Medium Was Tedium The Desperate Bicycles - New Cross, New Cross The Desperate Bicycles - Occupied Territory The Evening Outs - Channel / Stammer
Smokescreen
(7", 1977)
The Medium Was Tedium (7", 1977) New Cross, New Cross (7", 1978) Occupied Territory
(7", 1978)
Channel / Stammer
(7", as The Evening Outs, 1980)
The Desperate Bicycles - Remorse Code The Desperate Bicycles - Grief Is Very Private      
Remorse Code
(LP, 1980)
Grief Is Very Private
(7", 1980)
     

Bootlegs

The Desperate Bicycles - Singles        
Singles (LP, 2010)        

 

Various Artists

Instant Pop Classics Volume One - The Clones Of Dr. Punkenstein Germany LP 1998 (HappyLuxPop-Records): Smokescreen / Handlebars

Instant Pop Classics Volume Two - The Clones Of Dr. Punkenstein Germany LP 1998 (HappyLuxPop-Records): The Medium Was Tedium

Messthetics #8: UK '77-82 D.I.Y. Bands: "D" US CDR 2002 (Hyped To Death): Smokescreen / The Medium Was Tedium

British Underground - The Best Of The UK Punk New Wave 1977 - 1982 Vol. 2 UK LP ???? (Chaos Wrecords): Medium Was Tedium

Links

IT WAS EASY, IT WAS CHEAP...GO AND DO IT! - A Desperate Bicycles Discography

I LOVE MILKSHAKES - Desp-Bikes downloads glarore

PUNK '77 - Desp-Bikes bio etc

PERFECT SOUND FOREVER - Desp-Bikes stuff

SHIT-FI - Excellent archival interview

 

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

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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