The Drug Addix / The AddixThe Addix

Formed: Croydon, England, UK

An easy way for pub rock musicians to get a record deal in 1977/1978 was to form a band with a punky name and make records with rude titles. Enter the Drug Addix, described by guitarist George Lloyd as "a good fun, no frills R&B band", and featuring an 18-year-old Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals. Their first EP, Make A Record, had been recorded as a demo and Chiswick didn't bother asking them to record it properly. Issued in June 1978, the most famous song on it was a Lou Reed Parody entitled 'Gay Boys In Bondage', which sounded like something Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias might have done. The rest of the EP was less distinctive, but despite some "outrageous" lyrics on 'Special Clinic', which addressed VD, just as slow and boring: pub rock with slide guitar.

Kirsty MacColl: All I did on the record was backing vocals. You can barely hear me. We weren't actually a punk band, but at the time punk was king and we called ourselves that just to get some gigs. Everyone expected an outrageous, Sex Pistols type of band but we weren't. We were all slide guitar and R&B. I was just the token boiler on backup vocals... Of course that annoyed me but you've got to start somewhere. If you can't really sing and you can't play anything, you can't argue about it. - from the Kirsty MacColl website (link below)

Jean Newlove (Kirty's mum): I went to pick her up when she did her first gig. I stood downstairs waiting and a man said to me: 'Cor, listen to those kids. I can't stand it, can you?' I didn't want to say, 'No, it's dreadful,' so I just weakly smiled."

MacColl was no longer with the group by time it had shortened its name to The Addix and supported The Viciuous White Kids at the Electric Ballroom in August 1978. MacColl meanwhile had found a solo deal with Stiff Records. They released the Too Blind To See It in June 1979. It came out on Zig Zag Records, which was bad news for The Addix because the label went bust immediately after. The single was another piece of new wave/pub rock. Hardly Earth-shattering but better than the debut. The Addix also

Lineup 1:

Art Nouveau (real name George Lloyd) - guitars vocals
Sterling Silver (real name Rick Smith ) - vocals
Mandy Doubt (real name Kirsty MacColl) - vocals
Alan Offa (real name Alan Offer) - bass
Ron Griffin - drums

Lineup 2:

Ronnie Griffin - drums
Alan Offer - bass
George Lloyd - guitar
Rick Smith - vocals

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

The Drug Addix - Make A Record The Addix - Too Blind To See      
Make A Record
(7", as The Drug Addix, 1978)
Too Blind To See It
(7", as The Addix, 1979)
     

Various Artists

Rock 'n Roll Suburbano De Londres Spain LP 1978 (Movieplay): Los Gay Estan Esclavizados / Addington Shuffle / Clinica Especial / Gloton Por Castigo

Rock 'n Roll Suburbano De Londres Spain 7" 1978 (Movieplay): Los Gay Estan Esclavizados

The Chiswick Story UK 2xCD 1992 (Chiswick): Gay Boys In Bondage

Links

PUNK 77

KIRSTY MACCOLL

 

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

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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