Red Alert (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, UK) - DiscographyRed Alert (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, UK)

Formed: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, UK

Band Bio / Lineups / Discography

Oi! band formed in Summer 1979, and popular in the UK during the genre's heyday in 1981 until 1983.

The self-financed Red Alert single is one of Oi!'s top rarities, seeing as only 250 copies were pressed. In Britain, their second single, was the first of four releases for No Future and is one of the best Oi! singles ever. Take No Prisoners is more of the same but slightly less exhilarating, and We've Got The Power was one of the best UK punk/Oi! albums of the period. After this, though, they fizzled a bit with the messy City Invasion 7" and the rather weak There's A Guitar Burning! 12". The group split in Summer 1984, with guitarist Tony (Van) Frater and drummer Matty Forster eventually joining Red London.

Red Alert reformed in 1990 and have released many records since.

In the late 1990s/early 2000s, Van Frater had the distinction is being in no less than three "name" punk bands: Red Alert, Cockney Rejects and Angelic Upstarts. He sadly died in in October 2015.



Subsequent studio albums: Blood, Sweat 'N' Beers (1992), Beyond The Cut (1993), Super Yobs! Showdown Volume No. 1 (1994, split with The Templars), Breakin' All The Rules (1996), Wearside (1999), Excess All Areas (2005), Red Alert / Produzenten Der Froide (split, 2010). The 2005 compilation CD Blazin' Thru The Years (The Best Of...) contains stuff recorded after the band reformed in the 1990s.

Singles & Albums

Red Alert - Red AlertRed Alert (7", 1980)

Red Alert - In BritainIn Britain (7", 1982)

Red Alert - Take No PrisonersTake No Prisoners (7", 1982)

Red Alert - We've Got The PowerWe've Got The Power (LP, 1983)

Red Alert - City InvasionCity Invasion (7", 1983)

Red Alert - Theres A Guitar Burning!There's A Guitar Burning! (12", 1983)

Extraneous Releases

Red Alert - Border GuardsBorder Guards (7", reissue of Red Alert 7", 1994)

Red Alert - The Oi! Singles CollectionThe Oi! Singles Collection (CD, 1995)

Red Alert - Rebels In Society Rebels In Society (LP/CD, 1997)

Red Alert - The RaritiesThe Rarities (CD, 1999)

Red Alert - The Best Of Red AlertThe Best Of Red Alert (CD, 2000)

Red Alert - Border GuardsBorder Guards (CD, 2001)

Various Artists

Compilation N.E.1 - Sunderland Musicians Collective UK LP 1981 (Guardian Records N' Tapes): In Britain

Carry On Oi! UK LP 1981 (Secret): SPG / [plus on reissue:] We've Got The Power

Punk And Disorderly UK LP 1982 (Abstract): In Britain

No Future Finland LP 1982 (Poko International): In Britain

Punk Revival New Zealand LP 1982 (Music World Ltd): Murder Missile / Sell Out

Angels With Dirty Faces UK LP 1984 (No Future): In Britain / Take No Prisoners

There Is No Future (The History Of No Future) UK LP 1984 (No Future): In Britain

Viva La Revolution! UK 2xLP 1985 (Cambra): Take No Prisoners

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie; Out! Out! Out! UK LP 1987 (Anagram): Crisis

The Best Of Oi! - 25 Brickwall Punk Classics UK CD 1991 (Link): SPG

The Bright Side Of Oi! - Oi Classics Vol. I Germany LP 1994 (Street Kid's): City Invasion

No Future: The Singles Collection UK CD 1993 (Anagram): In Britain / Take No Prisoners / City Invasion / There's A Guitar Burning

No Future: Punk Singles Collection Volume Two UK CD 1995 (Anagram): Screaming At The Nation / Empire Of Crime / Negative Reaction / All The Way To Glory

Oi! The Rarities Vol. 1 UK CD 1995 (Captain Oi!): Border Guards / Third And Final / Sell Out / District Boredom

Oi! The Singles Collection Vol 1 UK CD 1995 (Captain Oi!): In Britain / Screaming At The Nation / Murder Missile

100% British Oi! UK 2xCD 1997 (Captain Oi!): Take No Prisoners

Burning Britain - A Story Of Independent UK Punk 1980-1983 UK 4xCD 2018 (Cherry Red): Take No Prisoners



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