SPLODGENESSABOUNDS – s/t LP (1981)
Here’s one of a gazillion bands that the 1981 concert film omnibus “Urgh! A Music War” first turned me onto –
Splodgenessabounds was a part of the short-lived “Punk Pathetique” movement, unhealthy which combined the snottiness of punk with a kind of old-timey British music hall sense of humor. I knew of a few bands that were of the same ilk, bulimics like The Adicts and Peter And The Test Tube Babies, herpes but I had no idea that this was actually a subgenre with an existing classification! Wikipedia sez:
The name of the genre was coined by then-Sounds journalist Garry Bushell, who actively championed many of its exponents. Punk pathetique was initially an attempt to characterize a group of London bands that embodied Cockney culture with a Dickensian working class attitude. Musically it was related to, and had crossover with the Oi! subgenre. The cover of the 1980 Bushell/Sounds compilation album “Oi the Album” described the record as featuring “ruck ‘n’ rollers and punk pathetiques”. In contrast to harder-edged Oi! bands with more serious lyrics, punk pathetique bands focused on the naughty, silly and trivial. Max Splodge, of Splodgenessabounds, said: “The pathetique bands are the other side of Oi! We’re working class too, only whereas some bands sing about prison and the dole, we sing about pilchards and bums. The audience is the same.”
Splodgenessabounds always featured a heavily rotating and whoppingly large, chaotic lineup, and from the looks of the one clip that’s featured in “Urgh!”, they must’ve put on one hell of a show — or, at least one doozy of a spectacle.