THE EXITSThe Exits - The Fashion Plague - UK 7" 1978 (Lightning - GIL 519) A-Side

Formed: Battersea, London, UK

Power-pop band like The Jags i.e. like Elvis Costello but not nearly as good. As usual, they had pre-punk history, having formed in November 1975 as Gambler. As a gauge of their influences, here are some of the songs they played live: 'Slow Down', 'I Think We’re Alone Now’ ‘Halfway To Paradise’. Meh.

Their sole single, The Fashion Plague was a minor hit (reaching Number 7 in the punk/new wave charts), but various issues - including their label declining a follow-up - forced the band's premature split in Autumn 1979.

The CD contains both sides of the single, both sides of a second unreleased single, and various demos and studio tracks.


Colin Swan - vocals, bass guitar
Geno Buckmaster - vocals, guitars
John Clarkson - keyboards
Gary Hurley - drums



Singles / Albums

The Exits - The Fashion Plague        
The Fashion Plague
(7", 1978)

Extraneous Releases

The Exits - Legendary Lost Exits Album        
The Legendary Lost Exits Album
(CD, 2007)

Various Artists

This Is Mod Vol. 2 Italy LP 2001 (Get Back): The Fashion Plague / Cheam

100% British Mod UK 2xCD 1998 (Captain Mod): The Fashion Plague


BORED TEENAGERS - Good stuff, as usual

The Exits - Discography


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