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Bristol, England

Specimen was an 80s British band. They have been described as being many different genres of music, including; , , and .


The band formed in Bristol, England during 1980. Their first show was at a street party celebrating the wedding of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. In 1982, the band relocated to Soho, London, where they would play many shows at the infamous club known as The Batcave, Specimen’s vocalist Ollie Wisdom founded and ran the club during 1982-1983.

Unusual for a keyboardist, Johnny Slut became the face of the band and its most famous member, due largely to his striking image and fashion sense.

While the band were together, they never released a full album, only singles and an EP, although in 1997 two full-length compilations would be released featuring various Specimen songs.


After the band went its separate ways, guitarist Jon Klein worked with Siouxsie & The Banshees for a period of 7 years, before working with Sinéad O’Connor.

Johnny Slut went on to work with The KLF, Adamski and is now in Atomizer.

Current Lineup

* Olli Wisdom - Vocals
* Jon Klein - Guitar
* Jonny Slut - Keyboards
* Kev Mills - Bass
* Chris Bell - Drums

Previous Lineup

* T.bias - Vocals, additional guitar, & keyboards
* Jon Klein - Guitar, vocals
* Stephan X - Guitar
* Kimba - Bass
* Tim Huthert - Drums

Specimen Today

2008 saw the Batcave’s 25th Anniversary celebration in London, for which Olli and Jon reassembled their favorite 1983/4 Specimen lineup including Jonny Slut, Kev Mills and Chris Bell.


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