ENGLISH DOGSEnglish Dogs 1983

Formed: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, UK

One of the first hardcore bands to abandon punk for heavy metal, English Dogs' chief claim to fame came in the mid-90s when their talented guitarist Gizz (ex-Destructors) ended up as an honorary member of The Prodigy. As one of the most important groups of the 90s, it was undoubtedly the high point of his career, and not just from a financial viewpoint.

Despite a couple of tasty numbers ('Psycho Killer', 'Max The Millionaire') the Dogs were never up to much, just another band making a point of playing as hard and fast as possible, like Clay labelmates GBH. And just like GBH, their debut album Invasion Of The Porky Men includes a Slaughter & The Dogs cover ('Cranked Up Really High').

PSYCHO KILLER

Psycho killer on the loose again
Demented brain in constant pain

Stealing through the night with a knife
Don't know who but hes after your life
He don't care who you are jelly English Dogs - Mad Punx & English Dogs Advert
For brains hes gone too far
Evil round the corner tonight
He's still there don't wanna fight
Steel blade shining in the moon
With a tint of deep maroon

Psycho killer on the loose again
Demented brain in constant pain
Psycho killer in agony ruthless moron again is free [x2]

He remembers you from years ago
When he gave you torment don't you know
Now he's back with sharp revenge
8 inch girth and he's deranged
took 5 years to find you out
now you're marked without a doubt
bumps at night when you're in bed
face at the window burning red

Psycho killer on the loose again
Demented brain in constant painBand
Psycho killer in agony ruthless moron again is free [x2]

In his sights he has you now
Through the bed sheets the steel knife ploughs
Screaming out in bloody pain
Revenge complete inside his brain
In his mind he's satisfied
Content you have died satisfied
Crimson lust another one has bitten the dust

Psycho killer on the loose again
Demented brain in constant pain
Psycho killer in agony ruthless moron again is free [x2]

The band fell apart in 1984 when vocalist Wakey left. He was replaced by Ade Bailey (ex-Delinquent and Ultraviolent) and Gizz came in on guitar. Forward Into Battle, When Legend Began and Tor are pitiful heavy metal records with all the horrid paraphernalia that heavy metal entails: songs designed with no other purpose than to highlight Gizz's (remarkable) playing, and paintings of dragons, wizards and castles on the sleeves. They're all terrible.

Bow To None is a return to their roots, even to the extent of re-recording oldies like 'Psycho Killer' and 'Left For Dead'. A collision of hardcore tempos and thrash riffing, the results are surprisingly listenable but again they can't sustain the interest over the length of an album, although the zany 'Balloon' is fun.

Anybody out there impatiently awaiting a live English Dogs album was rewarded with I've Got A Gun, recorded in Helsinki. You get what you deserve.

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Mad Punx & English Dogs The Invasion Of The Porky Men To The Ends Of The Earth Forward Into Battle Metalmorphosis
Mad Punx & English Dogs (12", 1983) Invasion Of The Porky Men (LP, 1984) To The Ends Of The Earth (12", 1985) Forward Into Battle (LP, 1985) Metalmorphosis
(12", 1986)
Where Legend Began        
Where Legend Began (LP, 1987)        

Demos / Tapes

Show No Mercy Manchester 4.12.83      
Show No Mercy (Tape, demo, 1982) Manchester 4.12.83 (Tape, 1983)      

Bootlegs

The Fall Of Marx        
The Fall Of Max
(CDR, 2008)
       

Various Artists

Have A Rotten Christmas Volume Two UK LP 1985 (Rot): Incisor

The End Of An Era UK 2xLP 1988 (Rot): Chase Is On / Ambassador / Survival Of The Fittest

Rot Records Punk Collection UK CD 1994 (Anagram): Incisor / Forward Into Battle

Angry Songs and Bitter Words CD

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