Formed by Edwin Pouncey & Steve Spear, two students from The London Royal College Of Art, The Art Attacks lasted roughly from April 77 to March 1978. For initial rehearsals and demo Rick Slaughter was on drums (played on Punk Rock Stars and was later in The Motors) and Rob Smith on bass (ex Snakes). For a time Robert Gotobed was on drums (later Wire) and played on the track Rat City. The band eventually became:
Edwin Pouncey (aka Savage Pencil) - Vocals.
M.S - Bass. Steve Spear- Guitar. JD Haney - Drums (Later Monochrome Set)
M.S. was Marion Fudger ex of The Derelicts and writer for feminist mag Spare Rib. She was so embarrassed to be in the band she went under the name M.S.
Edwin contributed the cartoon Rock'n' Roll Zoo to Sounds which meant The Art Attacks got a fair bit of press…in Sounds. When the stripper girlfriend of the owner of Albatross records decided to shake her booty at their gig at the Marquee complete with whip they got even more press! Much to Marion's further embarrassment as they mistakenly thought the stripper was her!
They featured on the Live At The Vortex album with Frankenstein's Heartbeat and Animal Bondage and on the excellent Streets compilation with Arabs in Arrods. They got on the latter through their manager knowing The Lurkers who also appear on the album . Edwin also did the artwork for The Streets album and The Lurkers Freak Show single.
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