The Varukers, Royal LeamingtonThe Varukers, Royal Leamington

Formed: Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, UK

Band Bio / Lineups / Discography

In preparation for this write-up, I decided to go back to some notes I'd written about ten years ago:

The Varukers were a great band as far as tribute acts went, the band they ripped-off most passionately being the far superior Discharge (little wonder their first drummer later left and joined Cal's mob). Hailing from Leamington Spa, hardly a hot-bed of civil disobedience, The Varukers certainly picked a good name for themselves and, if you discounted the plagiarism of Discharge, eventually got around to making some half-decent records despite Rat's bloody awful vocals.

In the cold light of day July 2020, as I write this, this is clearly only partly true. The Varukers were indeed usually written off as Discharge clones, but it was only on later releases such as Another Religion Another War and One Struggle One Fight that they began mimicking their heroes more blatantly, and suffered for it. Rat's vocals were not "bloody awful" at all: on the early releases he had a strong, clear voice that was perfectly suited to the material. As the Discharge-isms came to the fore, however, he became hoarser and dumber sounding, as if he'd suffered a knock on the head.

Anyway, The Varukers were a good band. They made some cracking records, particularly the I Don't Wanna Be A Victim! and Die For Your Government singles, on which they don't actually sound all that much like Discharge, mainly because there was a hint of catchiness to tunes such as 'Dance 'Til You're Dead' and 'All Systems Fail'. Their debut LP Bloodsuckers is well worth getting as well, with strong material and excellent production.

Their lineup changed with virtually every release, with Rat (real name Anthony Martin) being the only constant. Later on he actually became singer for the reformed Discharge. The Varukers reformed in the mid 1990s: Still Bollox But Still Here was their aptly named comeback.

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DISCOGRAPHY

Subsequent studio albums: Still Bollox But Still Here (1995), Murder (1998), How Do You Sleep?????? (2000), Hellbound (mini-album, 2005), Damned And Defiant (2017), Killing Ourselves To Live (LP, split with Sick On The Bus, 2018)

Singles & Albums / Extraneous Releases / Bootlegs / Various Artists

The Varukers - The Varukers E.P. The Varukers E.P. (7", 1981)

The Varukers - I Don't Wanna Be A Victim!I Don't Wanna Be A Victim! (7", 1982)

The Varukers - Die For Your GovernmentDie For Your Government (7", 1983)

The Varukers - BloodsuckersBloodsuckers (LP, 1983)

The Varukers - Led To The SlaughterLed To The Slaughter (7", 1984)

The Varukers - Another Religion Another WarAnother Religion Another War (12", 1984)

The Varukers - No Hope Of A FutureNo Hope Of A Future (7", 1984)

The Varukers - Massacred MillionsMassacred Millions (12", 1984)

The Varukers - One Struggle One FightOne Struggle One Fight (LP, 1985)

The Varukers - Live In HollandLive In Holland (LP, 1985)

Extraneous Releases

The Varukers - The Varukers / The InsaneThe Varukers / The Insane (Tape, split, 1984)

The Varukers - Prepare For The AttackPrepare For The Attack (LP, 1986)

The Varukers - Deadly GamesDeadly Games (LP, 1989)

The Varukers ‎– Live In Leeds 1984Live In Leeds 1984 (CD, 1994)

The Varukers - Deadly Games (The History)Deadly Games (The History) (CD, 1994)

The Varukers - Bloodsuckers / Prepare For The AttackBloodsuckers / Prepare For The Attack (CD, twofer, 1995)

The Varukers - The Punk Singles 1981-1985The Punk Singles 1981-1985 (CD/LP, 1996)

The Varukers - The Retch Files Volume 1The Retch Files Volume 1 (CD, 2000)

The Varukers - Vintage Varukers - Rare And Unreleased - 1980 - 1985Vintage Varukers - Rare And Unreleased - 1980 - 1985 (LP/CD, 2001)

The Varukers ‎– Massacred MillionsMassacred Millions (CD, 2001)

The Varukers - The Riot City Years '83-'84The Riot City Years '83-'84 (CD, 2001)

The Varukers - 1980-2005: Collection 25 Years1980-2005: Collection 25 Years (CD, 2005)

The Varukers ‎– No Masters No SlavesNo Masters No Slaves (CD, 2007)

The Varukers ‎– The Damnation Of Our Species The Damnation Of Our Species (2xCD, 2011)

The Varukers ‎– 1984-20001984-2000 (CD, 2013)

The Varukers - Another Religion Another War: The Riot City Years 1983-1984Another Religion Another War: The Riot City Years 1983-1984 (LP/CD, 2015)

The Varukers - The VarukersThe Varukers (6x7", 2016)

The Varukers - Blood MoneyBlood Money (7", 2017)

The Varukers - Die For Your GovernmentDie For Your Government (7", live, 2017)

The Varukers - More Religion - More War (Anniversary EditionMore Religion - More War (Anniversary Edition) (LP, 2019)

The Varukers - The Demos Anniversary EditionThe Demos Anniversary Edition (LP/CD)

Bootlegs

The Varukers / Krunch  ‎– Protest And SurviveProtest And Survive (7", split with Krunch, 1990)

Various Artists

UK/DK - The Original Video Soundtrack UK LP 1983 (Anagram): Solider Boy

Rot In Hell UK LP 1984 (Rot): The Bomb Blast

Have A Rotten Christmas UK LP 1984 (Rot): State Enemy

Noise Attack Germany Tape 1985 (Lärm-Deponie): Never Again

We Don't Want Your Fucking War! UK LP 1985 (Mortarhate): Stop The Killing

Life's A Riot...With Riot City Records: A History, 1980-84 UK LP 1985 (Riot City): Die For Your Government

Babylon: Bleibt Fahren Germany LP 1985 (Babylon Bleibt Fahren): Stop The Killing

Viva La Revolution! UK 2xLP 1985 (Cambra): Die For The Government

Have A Rotten Christmas Volume Two UK LP 1985 (Rot): Will They Never Learn?

Religious As Hell UK LP 1986 (Rot): Thatcher's Fortress

What You Doing About That Hole In Your Head? UK LP 1986 (Rot): Animals

We Don't Need Nuclear Force Germany LP+7" 1986 (Mülleimer): Seek And Destroy / Blood Money / We Have The Right

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie - Out! Out! Out! UK LP 1987 (Anagram): Government's To Blame

The End Of An Era UK 2xLP 1988 (Rot): Massacred Millions / Bomb Blast / Thatcher

Riot City Records- Punk Singles Collection UK CD 1993 (Anagram): Die For Your Government / Led To The Slaughter

Rot Records Punk Collection UK CD 1994 (Anagram): Massacred Millions / Will They Never Learn? / Killed By Mans Own Hands

Riot City Records- Punk Singles Collection Volume Two UK CD 1995 (Anagram): All Systems Fail / The End Is Nigh

Mortarhate - A Compilation Of Deleted Dialogue - The Singles UK 2xCD 1997 (Mortarhate): No Hope Of A Future / Never Again

Burning Britain - A Story Of Independent UK Punk 1980-1983 UK 4xCD 2018 (Cherry Red): Die For Your Government

What, No Meat? ?? Tape ???? (Massakre Therapy Punk Tapes): Animals

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