Riot/Clone - RIOT/CLONE

Formed: Ashford, Middlesex, England, UK

Anarcho punks obsessed especially with animal rights. They also advocated equal rights for B-Sides, as this liner note from the cover of their first EP states: "There is no A or B side on this E.P. and all songs are classed as equal. Make our own mind which track you think is best rather than be influenced."

The strange name comes from indecision over whether to call the band Riot or Clone. When they formed in August 1979 by Dave Floyd they initially billed themselves as Riot/Clone until they opted for one or the other, then decided to keep both. They were enamoured of the DIY scene. This coupled with an insane revolving door lineup explains the long delay in making it to vinyl, and also why their first two releases were cassette albums. They turned down a record deal with Rough Trade and released three very uncompromising EPs in their first incarnation, the third of which was issued after the band had split.

Interest in the band was revived in the early 1990s when singer Dave Floyd reissued the three EPs (with an incredible 72-page booklet!!). He and bassist Pete Spence reformed the band and they continued to gig and record, without compromising any of their earlier ideals:Do You Want Fries With That? (2001) is an album exclusively about animal rights.

(Thanks to G. Hammond for pointing out that Riot/Clone came from the Ashford in Middlesex, and not the Ashford in Kent.)



Subsequent studio albums: Still No Government Like No Government (1995), To Find A Little Bluebird (1997), Do You Want Fries With That? (2001), Success (2007).

Singles & Albums

Riot/Clone - There's No Government Like No GovernmentThere's No Government Like NO GOVERNMENT E.P. (7", 1982)

Riot/Clone - Destroy The Myth Of Musical DestructionDestroy The Myth Of Musical Destruction EP (7", 1982)

Riot/Clone - Blood On Your Hands?Blood On Your Hands? (7", 1984)

Extraneous Releases

Riot/Clone - Dead... But Not ForgottenDead... But Not Forgotten (3x7", reissue of first three EPs, 1994)

Demos & Tapes

Riot/Clone - Musical DestructionMusical Destruction (Tape, 1980)

Riot/Clone - Musical DestructionCrime Pays (Tape, 1981)

Riot/Clone - Live TapeLive Tape (Tape, 1982)

Various Artists

Pah! A Punk Compilation UK Tape 1982 (I Thought It Might Shock You Tapes): Anarchy Specs / Society / Death To Humanity

Punk And Disorderly - Further Charges UK LP 1982 (Anagram): Death To Humanity

Anti-War: Anarcho Punk Compilation Vol. 1 UK CD 2005 (Overground): Neu-vestation



Punk And Oi In The UK - An interview with Dave Floyd from 2004





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