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From High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, forming in 77 & eventually splitting in the early 80s after their lead singer went to prison, they left behind them a torrent of local graffitti and three 7 inch singles.
Nigel Martin - Vocals. Glen Spicer - Guitar. Steve Westwood - Guitar. Mark Chapman - Bass. Richard Patrol / Andy Crawford - Drums.

The Xtraverts were High Wycombe’s premier punk band of the late 70s, alongside Zyklon B, Plastic People , Relapse and the Jones Boys (later Red Beat). Their debut single, released on a label set up by Spike Jones (formerly of 70s Buckinghamshire band the Shucks) managed to secure them a few Peel plays. They started out with original drummer Dave Lee, before he decided there was more money to be made on the dinner and dance circuit backing a girl playing bagpipes. Lee was replaced by Andy Crawford, while Glen Spicer joined the band from the Plastic People as lead guitarist. Spicer: “I was with the Plastic People and got kicked out by Gary Quelch, who wanted to take over as singer. They had a meeting and decided I wasn’t part of the band any more. Steve Hylands, my friend in the Plastic People, put me in touch with the Xtraverts and they came round to see me. They’d just released the debut single.” Spicer was a little more technically fluent than many in his immediate peer group. “I used to organise gigs down in Wycombe with the Plastic People. When the bands tuned their guitars before starting, I used to be the only one who knew how to do it properly.”

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