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Anti-Nowhere League

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(1980 – present)

The Anti-Nowhere League is a UK Punk band formed in 1980, by lead singer Animal (real name Nick Kulmer) and rhythm guitarist Magoo (real name Chris Exall), with Bones on Drums and Baggy Elvy on Bass. Their first gig was at Tunbridge Wells, on the day of the annual carnival, at which they promptly got arrested. This led to their first press coverage with the local newspaper describing their gig as a ‘cacophany of noise’. In 1981, Gooky (who left the same year), Hopper and Clive “Winston” Blake came in on Lead Guitar, Drums and Bass respectively, although Hopper was quickly replaced with PJ (‘Persian John’) (real name Djahanshah Aghssa). They managed to get a slot in the Apocylypse tour along with The Exploited, Chron Gen and Anti Pasti. This led to them signing to John Curd’s record label WXYZ, with Curd and Chris Gabrin co-managing the band.

Later that year, they also opened for The Damned on a short tour round the north of England. November 1981 saw the release of their first single, a cover version of Ralph McTell’s ‘Streets of London’, with the song that was to become the group’s anthem, ‘So What’ on the B side.

In 1982, things were looking good for the band, with the ‘So What Tour’ in the company of such groups as Chelsea, Chron Gen and the Defects, and the release of their debut album We Are…The League. However, the Obscene Publications Squad seized all copies of their records, which were removed from shops and they were banned from TV and Radio. To top it all, they were thrown out of the Top Of The Pops studio…just because Animal happened to be carrying a 3ft axe around with him! However the year finished on a high, with the ‘Hardcore Storms America’ tour with the UK Subs.

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  • AbstractCunt

    Killer shit! =)

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • celticpride33

    The punk big three:GBH, The Exploited and Anti nowhere league!!!!Animal is my fucking hero. Long live for Anti Nowhere League.

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • amanitapunk

    So happy to have them in Colombia :)

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • wretched-one

    By the time 1988 set in they were more like the Human League lol

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • PuNK66uk

    ANIMAL-still is a CUNT!-anyone got pixs to share of Nicks TEDDY BOY look? -and i had the ANL fist on my leather back in 82 ish -i love the guys but ya gotta laugh! -Tunbridge Wells is the frontline-IS THAT WAR! LONG LIVE PUNK-is the NEW THE ENGLISH NATIONAL ANTHEM! -when the fuck as god or the queen ever sang or give a shit a bout us ENGLISH?

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Luciferus_91

    So fucking what?

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • WatsonPepeLives

    They wanna lock me up and throw away my key

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • GrimAxeman

    one of the best bands of all time - ok, true, except for a couple of disgusting homophobic songs.

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • telecine

    one of the best bands of all time

    28 Jun 2012 Reply
  • flytheflag

    Can't wait to see these guys support NOFX on the 7th. Be the first gig i'd have gone to where the support act i like better than the main one!

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • Theartofstu

    Find it amusing that they're from Tunbridge Wells haha

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • cruekid

    Looking forward to seeing you at Download

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • tolovaj

    Whenever I hear them, I feel like an animal. But so f** what!

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Gazook

    Perfect Crime ! <3

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • GrimAxeman

    One of the craziest bands i've seen live!

    15 Nov 2011 Reply
  • adixczz

    so fucking what

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Old_Punka

    Did a great set at Rebellion..

    8 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Famous_Monsters

    i love these crazy f...ers!!

    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Dekkul

    why the hell did i miss that? why?

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Onlysrsly

    Better than All

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
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