Xtract - Greater Manchester, England, UK

Formed: Bolton, Lancashire, England, UK

Xtract - Greater Manchester, England, UK

ABOVE L-R: Dave Howarth, Kip, Karl Morris (behind drums) and Mick Halliwell. Image from Ian Glasper's Burning Britain: The History Of UK Punk 1980-1984

Chaos-type band formed in 1979. After lots of gigging Up North they released a single for Pax and contributed to the label's first two compilation LPs, also ending up on Bullshit Detector Three. Founding member Karl “Egghead” Morris (guitar) left in 1983 to join The Exploited, which put the band on hold for a year or so. Their second stab at things resulted in another compilation appearance, on Have A Rotten Christmas Volume Two, but Karl once again left (to join Broken Bones and then UK Subs) and the band split. They reformed in 2014 or so and have released an LP, Music For a Dead Generation (2015).

Lineup #1 (1979-1983):

Vocals: Dave Howarth (aka Harvey aka Harvi)
Guitar: Karl “Egghead” Morris
Bass: Mick Halliwell (ex-Neon Rage)
Drums: Eddie 'Kip' Fisher (ex-Neon Rage)

Recorded the two demos, songs from which were used on Punk Dead - Nah Mate, The Smell Is Jus Summink In Yer Underpants Innit and Bollox To The Gonads - Here's The Testicles. (Note: John 'Greenie' Green and Steve 'Ox' Oxstaby were also tried out as vocalists before Howarth joined.)

Lineup #2 (1983):

Vocals: Dave Howarth
Guitar: Karl “Egghead” Morris
Bass: Rod Barker (ex-Release The Bats)
Drums: Kip

Recorded: Blame It On The Youth

Lineup #3 (1983):

Vocals: Dave Howarth
Guitar: Chris 'Pagey' Page
Bass: Rod Barker
Drums: Kip

After this lineup split Barker re-joined Release The Bats.

Lineup #4 (1985-1986):

Vocals: Dave Howarth
Guitar: Phil 'Barney' Barnes and Karl Morris
Bass: Jon Kitson
Drums: Dylan Jones

This lineup split when Morris joined Broken Bones, followed by a stint in UK Subs.

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Xtract - Blame It On The Youth        
Blame It On The Youth
(7", 1983)
       

Demos

Xtract - Demo Xtract - Demo      
Demo (Tape, 1981) Demo (Tape, 1982)      

Various Artists

Punk Dead - Nah Mate, The Smell Is Jus Summink In Yer Underpants Innit UK LP 1983 (Pax): War Heroes / Aftermath

Bollox To The Gonads - Here's The Testicles UK LP 1983 (Pax): (Waiting For The) Genocide / Blame It On The Youth

Strithar Og Nitter Denmark Tape 1983 (Boston Tea Party): Troops Of Fear / Insanity Living / (This Is Not) The Land Of Hope And Glory / Blame It On The Youth

Bullshit Detector Three UK 2xLP 1984 (Crass): Fight For Peace

Have A Rotten Christmas Volume Two UK LP 1985 (Rot): Lies / Dead Hero

Religious As Hell UK LP 1986 (Rot): Lies

Pax Records Punk Collection UK CD 1996 (Anagram): Aftermath / Blame It On The Youth / War Heroes

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