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  • Years Active

    1978 – 1979 (1 year)

  • Members

    • Gem Stone
    • Honey Bane
    • Pete Fender

The Fatal Microbes (correct 'Fatal' Microbes) were a teenage UK punk group that existed in the late 1970s. Honey Bane (Donna Tracey Boylan) was the lead singer. Other band members were siblings Gem Stone (Gemma Sansom) on drums, Pete Fender (Dan Sansom) later of Rubella Ballet and Omega Tribe and son and daughter of Poison Girls member Vi Subversa) on guitar, and Scotty Boy Barker (Scott Barker) who was briefly replaced as bassist by It (Quentin North).

In 1979, Small Wonder and XNTRIX Records co-released a split 12" EP entitled "Violence Grows", which also featured the (at that time) Epping based Poison Girls (whose singer, Vi Subversa, was also mother to Gem Stone and Pete Fender). Due to the popularity of Fatal Microbes, Small Wonder Records released a 7" single featuring "Violence Grows", which was hailed as a classic by the late John Peel.

Honey Bane later had a career as a solo artist, collaborate with Crass and Killing Joke and would become a film and stage actress and model.

Pete Fender subsequently went on to form Rubella Ballet with Gem Stone (bass) and Sid Ation (drums) who was later also in Flux of Pink Indians; making a brief appearance, as did Annie Anxiety. Pete Fender later released a 7" EP, "Four Formulas", under his own name on XNTRIX records. Pete Fender and It had originally met when they formed the band Punktuation in 1977. With an average age of just 13 years, it would make them probably the youngest punk band in the country at the time. Later, Pete was also a pivotal member of Omega Tribe.

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