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", which was recorded in 1986, hence its inclusion here. It would be further eight years before they made another record, Nothing Ever Changes (1994) 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" from 1987, 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: More 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        
Contaminate
(7", 1987)
       

Demos / Tapes

Sad Society - Sad Society Sad Society - Another Bulletin (1995)      
Sad Society
(Tape, 1985)
Another Bulletin
(Tape, 1985)
     

 

Various Artists

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

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

 


 

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

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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