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Biografie

  • Jahre aktiv

    1979 – heute (45 Jahre)

  • Gegründet

    Bridgend, Wales, Vereinigtes Königreich

  • Mitglieder

    • Andy Lealand
    • Dave Parsons
    • Louise Wright
    • Phillip Stanton
    • Shark
    • Spike

The Partisans are a punk rock band formed in Bridgend, in South Wales in the summer of 1979, when all four members of the band were 14 years old.

The band started off covering punk rock hits and soon started to compose their own material. They were the second band signed to Chris Berry’s No Future Records label, and their debut release, the double A-sided Police story/Killing machine was released September 28, 1981. It reached #5 on the UK Indie Chart, on the back of a tour with label-mates Blitz, and with strong support from Sounds writer Garry Bushell. Following the success of this single, The Partisans were included on the third volume of Oi! compilation Carry On Oi!, which reached #60 on the UK Album Chart, and won the band gig slots with Blitz, Peter and the Test Tube Babies and The Ejected, as well as a ‘No Future’ night at London, England’s Zig Zag Club with Red Alert, Blitz, and Peter and the Test Tube Babies.

The band released its second single, 17 Years of Hell, on May 27, 1982, peaking at #2 on the Indie Charts. This was followed by their self-titled debut LP, released in February 1983. It hit #5 in the Indie Chart and #1 in the Punk Chart, amid considerable critical acclaim from the national press and the underground fanzine culture.

After the departure of Louise Wright, the remaining members relocated to Bayswater in West London, with new bassist Dave Parsons to relaunch the band. Their next release was the three-track “Blind Ambition” EP on Cloak & Dagger Records, which peaked at #23 on the Indie Chart, and got played on Prime Time Radio 1. The LP, Time Was Right, followed in 1984, described as “The Professionals meets The Clash,” and reaching #20 in the Indie Chart. The album featured live recordings from a gig at the Brixton Ace, at which The Partisans supported Anthrax, Lost Cherees, Conflict and others.

After the band spit, Dave Parsons found chart success with Transvision Vamp and is now in Bush. Shark took a filmmaking course, and Rob moved to Scandinavia. The latter two recorded one more session in late 1989 for Link Records.

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