Instigators – 96 Tapes – 1984

Ignorance Is Bliss / The Church Says / Ugly People / Behind Closed Doors / Play Dead / Blood Is On Your Hands

Monkey Man / Old Soldiers / Genocide / All Creatures / Wrong Word / Free You’re Not

A cassette only release by Dewsbury’s Instigators punted out via Rob Challice’s Brougham Road based 96 Tapes imprint in 1984.

Recorded live at Venos in Nottingham, August 1984, this cassette captures the original line up of the band just before the release of  the ‘Blood On Your Hands’ 7″ and the recording and release of  the ‘Nobody Listens Anymore’ LP both for Bluurg Records.

Hammy the drummer for this version of Instigators operated his own tape label called Peaceville from his bedroom and went on to perform in the Dewsbury based bands Civilised Society and Sore Throat. Peaceville Records has for many years now been one of the premier neu metal labels respected world wide, so a great success from a very basic start. Great stuff.

This version of Instigators split up in 1985 with all members leaving for one reason or another. A new Instigators formed in the ashes of the old band lead by a couple of members of Xpozez, a great band from Huddersfield. This new version of Instigators were influenced more with the speedy hardcore punk thrash from the U.S.A than the more anarcho Conflict inspired sound favoured by the old version of the band. The new version of Instigators lead the way for the wearing out of many pairs of converse plimsoles during many of the bands energetic performances all over the U.K and the rest of the world. Jumping all over the place that band was!

This post dedicated with respect to Nic Bullen who is celebrating his birthday today. Nic has been a constant supporter of this KYPP site from the early days, so thanks to him for being there or thereabouts.

Hope you had a nice day throughout Nic.

  1. alistairliv
    April 22, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Hi Nic and hope you have a great birthday.

  2. Nic
    April 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks gents!

    96 / Bluurg – the Wiltshire connection!

  3. DavidM
    April 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Used to write to second frontman Andy Turner, then the man behind the Full Circle label and distro. Interviewed Andy too. Whilst a lot of folks disagree, much preferred this second incarnation with full length Shockgun still one of my favourites. Caught ’em here in Aberdeen on that very tour ’88. Great band. Much missed.
    Ian Glasper reissued their Bluurg catalogue through his then label Blackfish five or six years ago on a single CD called Dine Upon The Dead. Track it down if you can.
    Still dig a lotta the early Peaceville output with Hammy releasing a slew of classic discs by Deviated Instinct, Doom, Electro Hippies, and Axegrinder.
    Hope you’d a swell birthday Nic.

  4. gabe
    April 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    great tape it post on my blog also have a bunch of other live tapes from them even have there first demo. i love all there stuff except for shockgun.

  5. convertido
    April 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks for this post, the Instigators are still one of my faves. I never even got close to seeing them, living in Texas does have its occasional downsides. 🙂

  6. Simon Mooney
    Simon Mooney
    September 4, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Hard to believe that was just over twenty six years ago! Just wanted to add a couple of things:

    Semi the singer left that line-up to be replaced by Andy Turner late of the Xpozez. Shortly after that Tab the bass player and Hammy the drummer also packed it in. This left me – Mooney the guitarist – as the only survivor from our formation at Thornhill High School. Trimble (also late of the Xpozez) came in on bass and Cuzzy (ex All Over The Carpet and more recently the Sex Pistols drum tech) was our new drummer. I stuck it out until the early 90s.

    Great times.

    And I’m sure we played Amarillo, Texas in 1985 Convertido. Mind you, it’s a big place.

  7. Torsten
    March 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Hi, Simon.
    I saw you several times in Germany with the Instigators. What did you do after the split (Andy Turner did Capabilty Green)? Any Recordings available?

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