Anthrax – Small Wonder Records 1983

P.P.B. / Got It All Wrong

Exploitation / What Will Tomorrow Bring?

As if by magick Anthrax appear…Originally from Gravesend in Kent, the line up included Fod and Rob Challice, editors / contibutors to the excellent Enigma fanzine. Both these members did not stay in the line up for long, Rob going to live in Brougham Road, forming Faction and eventually to run All The Madmen Records from 1985 until the demise in early 1988. Fod going in the same direction, London bound, ending up in The Temple Of Psychic Youth. Neither of them appeared on this record.

This record on the Small Wonder label, recorded at Southern Studios, produced by Pete Stennett, was quite ‘Conflict’ in sound, with a picture sleeve depicting Rob Challice toying with the band (this is what I was told by him anyway many, many years ago). Rob I believe left after a couple of gigs with Anthrax to go to London full time, so maybe they were narked off!

A little while later a band from New York stole the name and got massive…poor Osker!

  1. alistairliv
    January 21, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Goodness, Penguins can’t half move quick… I’d forgotten Fod came from Gravesend, but now I remember. Hope you are impressed Nic, KYPP, fount of all wisdom and knowledge of things obscure and punk.

    Metrological Aside – brrr, it’s grim up north. The rain has just turned to sleety snow here. But enough of this fun, got to get back to the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715.

  2. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    January 21, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    You should have a layer of downy feathers like mine to keep you warm Al, point of fact Penguins can not actually move quick on land, only when swimming, falling of a cliff or riding a train etc etc!

    April 20, 2008 at 7:37 am

    MMMMM, Not too sure about the explanation of the artwork

  4. Nic
    January 31, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I thought this link to the Kent band archive might be interesting to some:
    It includes bands like Anthrax, The Commited (who played at the last concert at the Wapping Centre with S-Haters and Youth In Asia, if I remember correctly), The X-cretas, and others like The Record Players, Atavistic, Splintered and The Normil Hawaiians (anyone have a copy of their 1st demo?)…

    Anthrax have re-issued their discography in a nice vinyl package:
    Apparently they played a gig a month or so ago…

  5. DavidM
    February 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    First ran across these folks via Peel and who played this very 7″. Great band. Folks may be interested to find that they recently got back together and recorded and released CD “One Last Drop” b/w “Welcome” with the near original line-up of Oscar, D, Peter, Shaun, and Gareth. Their first recordings in over 20 years, and like the discography CD, is also available from their web page.

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