Dirt - D.I.R.T.Dirt - Dirt

Formed: East London, England, UK

 

A mixed sex anarcho-punk quartet, Dirt sounded exactly like early Crass on their two records for that label. Two vocalists - one male (Gary) and one female (Deno) - yell slogans in Cockney accents over the expected white noise guitar and military drumming. The Object Refuse Reject Abuse EP is slightly more welcoming than their live LP Never Mind Dirt - Here's The Bollocks, a posthumous release that even at little more than twenty minutes suffers from a major lack of variety, with an updated version of 'House Of The Rising Sun' (transformed into a deadly warning about nuclear war) that is pretty laughable. Their apparent conviction and sheer energy are compensation for abysmally unimaginative lyrics like:

Democracy is a con job, they got you fooled
if you step out of line they'll have you pulled
You cant go against them it ain't allowed
So watch yourself, hide in the crowd

and:

The system is here, the system will stay Dirt - Object Refuse Reject Abuse - UK 7" 1982 (Crass - 321984/6) Label 1
The system will rule OK

They lost momentum in the mid-80s when guitarist Lou left to join Flux Of Pink Indians, and a new lineup recorded a really feeble album, Just An Error, and petered out after a European tour in 1986.

Deno and Gary resumed activities in the early 1990s as a much stronger sounding band: one two-day session in 1994 produced two excellent EPs: Scent Of The Kill and Beast Or Burden (split with Mankind?). On these discs Deno was not nearly as squeaky as she used to be, and their songs are surprisingly melodic and articulate high-speed punk anthems.

The band split once more in 1995 when Deno quit on the eve of a European tour, leaving the rest of the group to soldier on with a replacement singer (Stacey of Mankind?).

The German Black And White LP is a comprehensive career retrospective housed in a gatefold sleeve that includes every song they recorded, including some that were never issued.

Gary later formed The Stratford Mercenaries with Steve Ignorant, Deno joined Toxic Waste.

MEMBERS (Dates are approximate!):

LINEUP 1 (1980):

Deno (pre-Toxic Waste) - vocals
Gary (pre-Stratford Mercenaries) - vocals, lead guitar
Mo - guitar
Vince 'Vomit' (rn Vincent Learoyd, pre-Earth Culture) - bass
Phil 'Fox' - drums

This lineup never made it to a stage.

LINEUP 2 (1980-1982):

Deno - vocals
Gary - vocals, lead guitarDirt - Object Refuse Reject Abuse - UK 7" 1982 (Crass - 321984/6) Label 2
Mo - guitar
Vince 'Vomit' - bass
Phil 'Fox' - drums
Lou (rn Louise Bell, pre-Flux Of Pink Indians) - rhythm guitar

This lineup recorded Object Refuse Reject Abuse (7", 1982) and the posthumous live LP Never Mind Dirt - Here's The Bollocks (1983). Deno was called Piglet Warrior on the LP for some reason, and the band split after the LP was recorded. Gary tried forming a band with Stuart Bray (Special Duties), Daryl (Omega Tribe) and Honey Bane, which went nowhere.

LINEUP 3 (c.1983-1984):

Deno - vocals
Gary - vocals, lead guitar
Paul 'Bruna' Quain (ex-Ejected) - rhythm guitar
Vince 'Vomit' - bass
Stuart Bray - drums

This lineup made no recordings.

LINEUP 4 (c.1984-1986):

Deno - vocals
Gary - vocals, lead guitar
Paul 'Bruna' Quain - rhythm guitar
Richard - bass
Stuart Bray - drums

This lineup recorded Just An Error (LP, 1985).

LINEUP 5 (1992):

Deno - vocals
Gary - vocals, lead guitar
Mick - bass
Stef - drums

This lineup made no recordings.

LINEUP 6 (1992-1995):

Deno - vocals
Gary - vocals, lead guitar
Cecile - bass
Stick (rn Anthony Dickens, ex-Doom) - drums

This lineup recorded Scent Of The Kill and Beast Or Burden 7" singles, split with Mankind? Stef also drummed on and off for the band during some of this period,

LINEUP 7 (1995):

Stacey (ex-Mankind?) - vocals
Gary - vocals, lead guitar
Debs - rhythm guitar
Cecile - bass
Stick - drums

This lineup toured after the aforementioned singles,

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Dirt - Object Refuse Reject Abuse Dirt - Never Mind Dirt - Here's The Bollocks Dirt - Just An Error Dirt - Feast Or Famine Dirt - Scent Of The Kill
Object Refuse Reject Abuse (7", 1982) Never Mind Dirt - Here's The Bollocks (LP, 1983) Just An Error
(LP, 1985)
Feast Or Famine (Tape, 1993) Scent Of The Kill
(7", 1994)
Dirt - Beast Or Burden Dirt - Drunks In Rusty Transits      
Beast Or Burden (7", split with Mankind?, 1994) Drunks In Rusty Transits (LP, 1995)      

Extraneous Releases

Dirt - Black And White        
Black And White (2xLP/2xCD, 1995)        

Demos

       
Dirt - Demo        
Demo (Tape, 1980)        

 

Various Artists

Live 23.10.82 The Bunker UK Tape 1982 (self-released): Seal Cull / Unemployment / Slaughterhouse Rock / Mother / Slow Motion Devastation / Wargames / Anti-War / Another Filled Hole / Canvey Island / Action Man

This Is The A.L.F. UK CD 1998 (Mortarhate): Slaughter House Rock / Seal Cull

A-Sides (Part 1. 1979/1982) UK CD 1992 (Crass): Hiroshima / Unemployment

Anti-War: Anarcho Punk Compilation Vol. 1 UK CD 2005 (Overground): Antiwar

Zero Hour (Consume Less Live More) ?? LP ?? (Flat Earth/Skuld /Tribal War/Interfearance): Just An Error

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