The Exploited – The Exploited Record Company – 1980

Army Life

Fuck The Mods / Crashed Out

The Expoited’s debut single, following on from a post several months ago featuring the band’s second release ‘Exploited Barmy Army’ into that post’s text, I had written that I would not like to upload this debut record due to the vile track on the B-side.

That said I feel that the browsers on this site have (just about) enough intelligence nowadays to NOT take up the rallying cry on this dodgy track, 28 years after the initial release, unlike the Exploited fans from 1981 that were involved in the Michael Sobel Centre / Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park tear up after the gig when the Jam fans were wondering down towards the station. I am sure that the mods gave as good as they got on the night, but it’s not really the point. This track stinks in any language, but the other two tracks are pretty decent attempts at basic pogo fare.

Strangely there seems to be no history of the early line up of The Exploited featuring Hayboy and Mark on the guitars, all sites (including the official one) seem to start at the Big John and Gary line up that were featured on the second single released in 1980, and throughout 1981 for the recording of the ‘Dogs Of War’ single, the LP ‘Punks Not Dead’ and ‘Dead Cities’, the single that was featured on Top Of The Pops.

If anyone has the details of this early line up then feel free to confide the information via the comments.


Here’s an early picture of Beki Bondage of Vice Squad for the folks who have mentioned her in the comments attached to this post!

  1. gerard
    July 5, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    “The first wave of punk bands were mostly made up of art school pricks”

    Hi Kev

    Why does going to art school make you a prick?

  2. Nic
    July 6, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Andus: “But what did ruin punk, nothing in my opinion, it just slowly faded away like a lot of other fashions and cults do, Its no ones fault. The Anarcho scene, that was a little different, I would argue that is was moralism and bigotry that wrecked that”…

    My perspective is pretty similar to your Andus: Punk was – above all – a fashion like any other and consequently suffered from the short lifespan which is inherent in fashionable thinking…Like other youth cults, it thrived on immediacy and energy which is usually focused on surface elements (Image, Music, ‘Lifestyle’ in the broadest sense)…
    ‘Anarcho Punk’ was very probably a fashion for the majority of people involved and I would suggest that this was the reason it reached a point of stasis (rather than issues around ‘moralism’ and ‘bigotry’ which occur in all fashions to different extents): if we take it as occurring in the timeframe between 1979 to 1984, it had a pretty good innings all things considered (comparable with Skiffle or Mod)…
    A lot of the people I know who have some degree of heavy committment to ‘political’ activity seem to feel that Punk and ‘Politics’ never really mixed anyway (although they would say that, wouldn’t they?)…

    I do think that fashions reassert themselves for different generations though (as they have something immediate to offer), which results in fashions returning and recurring…

    Nothing against all of that, although it’s maybe not such a good idea to build your life around it…

  3. mr egg
    mr egg
    July 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    am livegging in tunbridge wells’s a shit holegg and i hategg it. am here due to my twins. o to get back to the motherland. i never did join the eggsploited as the fakes were doin better than them at the timegg.
    the wester hails gig was eggsellent for a talent contest. wattie told us we would win. we did and got back for the next gig. i remember the guy who owned the pa shouting and more spitting and the gig is off. the spitting went on and so did the gig.

  4. chris
    July 12, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    EGGCELLENT to hear from you Jamzy! Hope you’re well.
    Chris (your old Keir St neebor)

  5. mr egg
    mr egg
    July 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    that tape of wester hails was minegg, what a tape,who has it? where did it go? it’s worth a bit if it’s still eggboot. i want it back.

  6. Fat abbott
    Fat abbott
    July 20, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    My leg feels like “ribber” – message for jammmmmmzzzeeee. (after a toke at Lynne’s….)

  7. mr egg
    mr egg
    July 21, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    ah fryer tuck i takegg it, you better not be chkin the lights before the gig.

  8. Fat abbott
    Fat abbott
    July 21, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    McGuire was in Fountain barbers gettin’ whats left of his hair cut….he looks like yer maw, McDonald…. 🙂

  9. mr egg
    mr egg
    July 21, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    ma maw is a chicken so mcgwire wi the sparegg tyre must be cock.

  10. ray ss
    ray ss
    August 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    i read in get in the van a diary of black flag a mention of playing a gig in england with the exploited and the skinheads tearing out of the club when they played fuck the mods and attacking people hanging around the jam gig down the street, this must be the same gig. in the book henry writes he heard the skins got some of them really bad, also he mentions how stupid he thought it all was.

  11. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    August 8, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Yeah same gig, Exploited down the Rainbow Theatre and The Jam down the Michael Sobel Centre, both in Finsbury Park North London, both venues 200 yards away from each other. The Mods gave as good as they got on the night.

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