Sad Society - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Formed: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Sad Society - Edinburgh Punk 1995

Sad Society formed in the early 1980s with former members of Area 12, Pressure Point and Radar. They gigged with the likes of locals punksters Oi Polloi and Barbed Wire as well as visitors such as the UK Subs, and recorded two demos before making their debut proper with 1987's Contaminate 7". It would be further eight years before they made another record, Nothing Ever Changes with French label Helen Of Oi. In an uncharacteristic spurt of consistency, they managed to follow this up the following year with a long-playing CD, (The Best Thing Since) Hand Relief.

Sad Society - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

ABOVE: Artwork from the Nothing Ever Changes 7"

Sad Society - ContaminateSad Society - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

ABOVE: The Contaminate 7", and the band as seen on the back cover of the Nothing Ever Changes 7" from 1994


Sad Society - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

ABOVE: Artwork from the Nothing Ever Changes 7"

Sad Society - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

ABOVE: Artwork from the Nothing Ever Changes 7"

The group play a surprisingly tuneful brand of angry punk which seems to get better all the time (check out some very good music on their Myspace page - link below). However, despite apparently constant gigging they apparently have no ambition to make it on the worldwide punk stage, or are simply struggling to make records. How else can you explain just three proper releases in eight years and nowt since except the odd demo (I suspect the list of demo releases below may not be complete). Maybe it's lineup issues (lead vocalist Deek is the only constant), but Sad Society remain one of the UK's better kept secrets.

Sad Society - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - 1985

ABOVE: 1986 Lineup, l-r:
Durex - guitar
Doddy - drums
Deek - vocals
Keni - bass

Sad Society - Edinburgh Punk 1995

ABOVE: The lineup that recorded Nothing Ever Changes and (The Best Thing Since) Hand Relief, l-r

Roddy Johnston - bass
Kenny Proudfoot - guitar
Deek Wilson - vocals
Heidi Riley - backing vocals
Stuart MacKenzie - drums

Sad Society - Edinburgh Punk 2012

 

ABOVE, the current lineup as of June 2012. l-r:
Shade - guitar
Deek - vocals
Baz aka Mr Barry - drums
Emiliano - bass

Sad Society - Edinburgh Punk 2012

ABOVE, l-r:

Gaz - guitar
Deek Wilson - vocals
Baz - drums
Emiliano - bass

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Sad Society - Contaminate Sad Society - Nothing Ever Changes Sad Society - (The Best Thing Since) Hand Relief    
Contaminate
(7", 1987)
Nothing Ever Changes (7", 1994) (The Best Thing Since) Hand Relief
(CD, 1995)
   

Demos / Tapes

Sad Society - Sad Society Sad Society - Another Bulletin (1995) Sad Society -Live'N'U Demop Sad Society - Another Bulletin (1998) Sad Society - Religion
Sad Society
(Tape, 1985)
Another Bulletin
(Tape, 1985)
Live'N'Up
(Tape, 1988)
Another Bulletin
(Tape, 1998)
Religion (CD, 2002)

 

Various Artists

Punk Lives! Let's Slam 2 UK LP 1986 (Rot): Contaminate / Don't Say

Punks, Skins & Herberts Vol. 2 France LP 1997 (Helen of Oi!): Quicksand / First Strike Attack

7" Of The First Era - Vol 1 France LP 2000 (Helen of Oi!): Nothin To Do / Nothin Ever Changes

Punks, Skins & Herberts - Vol 2&3 France CD 2001 (Helen of Oi!): Quicksand / First Strike Attack

Links

FACEBOOK - Sad Society have one of these

MYSPACE PAGE - ...and one of these also

PUNK ROCKERS.COM - ...and they're also on here

LAST.FM - and get some more here

STUDS AND PUNKS - Interview

 

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