Amebix / Flux Of Pink Indians / The System – Fulham Greyhound, London – 21+22/01/83



Flux Of Pink Indians


The System

Flux Of Pink Indians

I still have a handful of cassettes belonging to Jon From Bromley for uploading onto this site, but for now I am just slipping a couple of cassettes lent to me by Martin (ex Flux Of Pink Indians drummer and fellow THFC supporter – photo below).

The first batch of cassettes on loan here at Penguin Towers are rather Flux / Crass / Antisect / Amebix orientated. The recordings on these cassettes by these bands are all crisp mixing desk quality or studio outtakes which is just a complete doss, hope you will enjoy listening to them when I start to upload then over the next few weeks.

These first two cassettes recorded at The Greyhound pub in Fulham Palace Road over two nights, both nights with Flux Of Pink Indians headlining, are all absolute audio stunners (apart from 10 minutes towards the end of The System’s performance when the cassette seems to evolve into mono – naughty soundman being half asleep no doubt!). All the bands perform great sets at these gigs and it is well worth giving the uploads a listen to hear (at this time the more Killing Joke inspired) Amebix, The System and Flux Of Pink Indians on top of their game at this point in 1983.

There will also be some photographs from Martins collection to upload into the Photo Gallery. Some of these photographs (I am lead to believe) were taken at this very gig uploaded onto this post tonight. When I get to see Martin again in a day or so, and he is clutching a whole heap of photographs to lend me, I will ask him which are the ones taken at the Greyhound gig (I should really know as I went to this venue countless times!) and when I get confirmation I will add those specific photographs to this post – I am hoping on seeing some nice photographs of Wigan’s excellent System as photographs for this band seem to be quite scarce.

And as if by magick, some photos appear!

A big thank you then to Martin W for the lend of these cassette gems and photographs, and a huge slap on the back to Martin’s older brother Paul W who was the drummer in the original line up of Psychedelic Furs from late 1976 – 1979, supposedly being given the elbow for some no shows at gigs at the Zig Zag magazine office party and one at the Moonlight Club in Hampstead. A few weeks later the Psychedelic Furs signed to C.B.S. DOH!

Some more live System on this site HERE for anyone interested. Loads more Flux material on this site if you care to use the search function.

The first batch of photographs from Martin’s collection uploaded HERE

  1. dan i
    dan i
    June 16, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Sure I was at this one, still got the reams of paper Flux gave to everyone who came to the gig. I think it was part of a two night stint at the beloved Fulham Greyhound. Remember the feeling that all the bands onstage that night were grey and all sounded the same, I stuck to the multicoloured bands after that (Rubella B, Flowers, Brigandage, etc).

  2. Trunt
    June 19, 2009 at 8:59 am

    The pic of Martin (top) must be early, he hasn’t got the Flux tattoo on his right shoulder. A brilliant drummer and a top bloke. I had a good old chat with the band at the 1 in 12 club last year, brilliant, and a real bummer that they aint doing anymore gigs. I have some pics of The System if you need them for the site. The photo of The System on the other site looks like Sunderland Bunker. Keep up the great work.

  3. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    June 19, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    The first night performance by Amebix and Flux now uploaded onto this post. The second night was The System and Flux which I uploaded first for some strange reason.

  4. Nick Hydra
    Nick Hydra
    June 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Just listened to the Amebix set – I’d forgotten how ramshackle they could be live in the early days…

    Saw them at the Underworld on Thursday, despite the fact I’ve been off work for three weeks with back strain.

    Much painkillers/ Tequilla help me get to the venue. I was standing at the back as they came on saying to Veg “I’ll stay here unless they do ‘Winter’, then I’ll have to go down the front for that, then come back again.”, when they started into… ‘Winter’.

    So that was me down the front fot the whole gig then. Fuck, my back hurt the next day.

    They were really excellent, if a bit on the metal side.

    See them do ‘Winter’ here (not in Camden)

    and ‘Control’ (in Camden) here

  5. Michael Mitchell
    Michael Mitchell
    June 22, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I was at the Amebix night. great gig – not that I remember too much about it !!!!
    Flux were always good live.

  6. John Serpico
    John Serpico
    June 25, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    When Flux were doing their ‘Fucking Cunts’ set live, at best they were ‘interesting’ but basically they were quite rubbish. On form, however, doing their ‘Strive To Survive’ set live they were absolutely brilliant. The guitarists whipping up a storm, Derek playing chords on his bass, Martin pounding his drums and Colin stomping around in his hobnail boots. I’ve never heard a live recording of them that has adequately captured them when they were at their best although this Fulham recording gets closer than most. The drunk-sounding girl’s speech at the start is unexpected and after a slow start Flux hit their stride and the ‘hits’ are soon tumbling out one after another.
    Colin always looked to me as though Flux was a sideline and his real work was as some kind of builder or labourer on a site. It was quite odd to find out then that he’s ended up fitting kitchens for a living. Come to think of it, didn’t Howard, lead vocalist from The Lurkers end up as a postman? How cool is that? Without question, far better than the guy who joined Rubella Ballet only to leave to become a policeman (I’ve been reading ‘The Day The Country Died’). I wonder if he was that way inclined all along or was he driven to it? The same question could be asked of Howard Wall, I guess?
    But I digress. Flux Of Pink Indians: Brilliant band, brilliant first album, brilliant last EP (‘Taking a Liberty’), brilliant live sometimes.

  7. chris
    July 13, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Great song but the demo version that Graham posted up a link to a couple of years ago, on I think the Crass forum, was a lot better and rougher sounding. It featured an original Tube Disasters sample where-as this version is a bit too polished and they’ve had to re-record the bass & drums to avoid sample fees, which is a shame.

  8. Graham Burnett
    Graham Burnett
    July 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    A few years ago a friend of mine was having his floorboards done by an former member of The Rubettes…

  9. Graham Burnett
    Graham Burnett
    July 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I don’t think that was me who posted the link to the sampled flux song, although I do remember the thread and the track which sounded pretty good. I liked the ‘Influx’ track from the Crass tribute album many years ago which sampled various Crass tracks, one of the best bits on that comp…

  10. johnn
    July 14, 2009 at 10:46 am

    So even tho the’ve recorded it note for note Flux still wont get a percentage at all?
    Didnt know the Rubettes were still alive, is the timber ethically sourced tho?

  11. Pete
    July 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I was at both these gigs too! As well as the fanzine, punters were given a badge of each band playing on their particular night.

  12. johnn
    July 24, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    does anyone know what the japanese looking writing on the handout mean?

  13. chris
    July 24, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    “schoolgirl panties for sale here”

  14. johnn
    July 24, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    expect they get a fair few quid on ebay now then eh?

  15. Sean
    March 28, 2012 at 6:41 am

    That’s Annie Anxiety’s poetry in the beginning of the Flux gig. It’s nice to hear a good quality recording. Any chance you could re-upload the Flux link on the first night?
    Great blog. I hope you don’t mind I shared your KUKL download on my semi-active blog.

  16. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    March 28, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Reupload Sean. No problem with the KUKL blog share the more the merrier…

  17. Andy T.
    Andy T.
    April 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I’ve just been given a bag of tapes back, that I lent to a mate 15 odd years ago. One of the tapes is my set from this gig on the 22nd. Haven’t listened to it yet, though.

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