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External Menace


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Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. (1979 – present)

External Menace formed in the Coatbridge suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. in 1979 when John Sneddon, then 15, and 13 year old Wullie Hamill’s band ‘The L-Plates’ were joined by 12 year old bassist Sandy Halkett and Rab Bell (14) on drums, the line up which recorded the 1979 demo which later got them signed to Beat the System records.

After a brief split, during which Sneddy recorded a double A-side with The Snap Ons, Sneddy rejoined Wullie and Sanz with Derek Paterson taking over on drums, the bands name became External Menace, they signed to Beat the System in 1982 and released the ‘Youth of Today’ EP.

This was followed in 1983 by the 4 track EP ‘No Views’. It was at about this time after a hectic schedule of gigs in increasingly large venues that the bands relationship with Wullie started to go awry. Tommy Wallace took over on vocals for a brief period but left for London, and External Menace were reduced to three members. Sneddy took over on vocals.

The band went through a few alter ego moments over the following years - playing External Menace songs at gigs but under different names. Beat the System had folded and the band released a few compilation tracks on Rot Records.

In 1987 Wullie was taking a short cut across the M8 when he was hit by a car and killed.

A decade on, External Menace were revived when Captain Oi records began to show an interest in releasing a compilation album of all the bands previous releases. A few extra tracks were needed to fully document the bands early successes.


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    Awe Aye!!!!

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    Donkey Farm!!!!!!!

    15 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    wicked soundz!

    22 Apr 2010 Reply
  • SHED82

    I used to play the triangle with these guys in the 60's for a couple of hours. If anyone knows how to get Rachel off Countdown to touch my plums or hold my member, please let me know

    24 Nov 2009 Reply
  • shakey_Jake

    fuck, din't realize what i was missing out on with these guys

    8 Jul 2009 Reply
  • cripticjohn

    I was the drummer in this band in the mid 80's for a couple of years. If anyone knows how to get in touch with them or any of the members, please let me know

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • chloebcb

    does anyone know if they really did a guest spot on a childrens program after their second & last 7" was released? if so where can i find footage?

    19 Sep 2008 Reply
  • ladyemero

    loved them since 1980's :D

    12 Aug 2008 Reply
  • blahrascal

    "i'm gonna be somebody, i know i am" that's all i'm really sure about...

    24 Jun 2008 Reply
  • sXepunx

    hey - why the hell is this empty?!? well, who's got the lyrics for someday?

    18 May 2008 Reply

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