THE DISRUPTERS

Formed: Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK

 

A band which mixed anarcho punk leftie politics with a Chaos U.K.-level of cider consumption, they remain best known for the singalong ditty Young Offender, chiefly because it appeared on the widely distributed and high selling Punk And Disorderly compilation. The band ran the Radical Change label, also home to Icon A.D. and Self Abuse (amongst others). The were active from 1980 to 1988, and again from 2007 to 2011.

Lineup 1 (1980-1981)

Bangkok Steve (real name Steve Hansell) vocals (pre-New York Scumhaters)
Andrew 'Gibbon' Gibson- guitar
Dave Howard - bass
Kevin Wymer - drums (ex-Aborts, pre-Saigon Kiss)

Dave was booted out of the band after two gigs but he was a member long enough to play on 'Napalm' from Bullshit Detector (1981).

Lineup 2 (1981)

The Disrupters - 1981

Bangkok Steve - vocals
Gibbon - guitar
Tim Perkins - bass
Kevin Wymer - drums
Image from the band;s Myspace page

This lineup released the Young Offender 7" in December 1981, whereupon Gibbon was sacked

Lineup 3 (1982-1983)

The Disrupters - 1982-1983

Bangkok Steve - vocals
Paul Greener - guitar
Tim Perkins - bass
Kevin Wymer - drums

This lineup released two singles: Shelters For The Rich (August 1982) and Bomb Heaven (1983). Tim then left during rehearsals for the debut LP Unrehearsed Wrongs (1983).

Lineup 4 (1983-1988)

Bangkok Steve - vocals
Paul Greener - guitar
Steve Hough - bass
Kevin Wymer - drums
Prem Nick (real name Nick Lake) - poems

The most stable lineup, responsible for both LPs and Alive In The Electric Chair (12", 1985). Steve Hough's brother John also briefly jammed with the band but didn't appear at any gigs or on any recordings as he went backpacking to Europe. The band's last release was a posthumous tape, Anarchy Peace And Chips, which was taken from video recordings of some shows in 1988.

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Disrupters - Young Offender Disrupters - Shelters For The Rich Disrupters - Bomb Heaven Disrupters - Unrehearsed Wrongs Disrupters - Playing With Fire
Young Offender
(7", 1981)
Shelters For The Rich
(7", 1982)
Bomb Heaven
(7", 1983)
Unrehearsed Wrongs
(LP, 1983)
Playing With Fire
(LP, 1984)
Disrupters - Alive In The Electric Chair        
Alive In The Electric Chair (12", 1985)        

Extraneous Releases

The Disrupters - Anarchy Peace And Chips The Disrupters - Gas The Punx (A Collection 1980-1988) Disrupters - Gas The Punx    
Anarchy Peace And Chips (Tape, 1989) Gas The Punx (A Collection 1980-1988) (Tape, 1995) Gas The Punx
(CD, 2005)
   

Various Artists

Bullshit Detector UK LP 1981 (Crass): Napalm

Punk And Disorderly UK LP 1982 (Abstract Sounds): Young Offender

Words Worth Shouting UK LP 1985 (Radical Change): Dead In The Head

Anti-State: Anarcho Punk Compilation Vol. 2 UK CD 2005 (Overground): Stonehenge

Active Response UK CD 2008 (Politicide): Animal Farm

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