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Special Duties was created in October 1977 by schoolfellows Steve Green (Aka Arrogant), Steve Norris (Aka Duty) and Nigel Baker. They were punks at school, but the idea of forming their own band came when they saw The Adverts in Colchester. However, the three schoolboys couldn’t play and didn’t own any instruments. In spite on that, it didn’t discourage them. They decided to put Arrogant on vocals, Duty on guitar and Baker on Bass. With regard to their drummer, they had none, until that they asked to Stuart Bray, an 18 year old well respected punk of their region. Soon after that, they met Bart Povah who joined their group at the guitar.

In 1982 Arrogant decided to declare war to the anarcho-punk band Crass.They released an LP 77 in 82 which was followed by their biggest selling single “Bullshit Crass”. However, after that, their music’s leading distributors refused to stock their material. This censorship made life a burden for the band. In 1983 they released the single “Punk Rocker” who was not well distributed. In the same year, the group broke off.

Twelve years later, the band was back on scene for the 1995’s Fuck Reading at the Brixton Academy. After that the group didn’t split again and now, they are still gigging and recording.


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  • Lys0L

    Fuck Crass [2]

    24 Feb 4:20am Reply
  • dersonveloso

    great band but love the crass [3]

    8 Feb 11:02pm Reply
  • OptimusPunx

    Stuart Bray, an 18 year old well respected punk of their region

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • chuche7787

    Crass and Special Duties rule.

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • jass-deadpsycho

    anyone know if there guna do any upcoming gigs?!

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • NanoEskorbuto

    great band but love the crass (2)

    12 Aug 2011 Reply
  • horrorbob1

    great band but love the crass

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
  • RedArmada

    Jesus, who fucking cares.

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • siecle_foma

    yesterday's punks, today's fat conservative dads

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Wickedsound

    Fuck Crass and all the fake punks

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • rancidpunx66666

    good band, but i dont hate crass i just dont give a fuck about them

    1 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    cool noise lads...cheers n beers.

    11 Mar 2010 Reply
  • PLutoc

    If it weren't for Crass .. honeslty, Special Duties would'nt have had such a following, who would they have talked shit about ? + Special Duties were a bunch of cynical kids, unlike Crass, now, they were Educated mature adults, they knew what they were doing .. Incase you 'Special' Kids didn't know, just to prove how 'original' and or 'true' Duties were, Ironic thing, one of the members for Duties later went off to play the drums in DIRT, and who were DIRT good friends with and closely associated with ? Crass. What are DIRT ? A really (as you 'Special' kids say) Hippie band. Hmm .. doesn't that tell you something ?

    18 Jan 2010 Reply
  • marek3m

    What a crap...

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • number2xtreme

    bullshit crass

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • Punx_Disorder

    I LOVE SPECIAL DUTIES!! they're very great band!! FIGHT CRASS NOT PUNK!!

    3 May 2009 Reply


    16 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Dan_E138

    violent society!!!!!the shit

    23 Mar 2009 Reply
  • vanessaviolent5

    cool cool

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • K-Townbootboy

    Crass preached and preached from their moral high ground, that's why people hated them. Douglas Pierce of Crisis (from whom Crass took most of their sound) labeled Crass as "Hippies in black", imo one of the better ways to describe them, even if I actually like "The Feeding of the 5000".

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
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