Scum Pups was a post-punk, grunge, rock band from Leicestershire, United Kingdom. The band formed in November 1989 with Matthew Day heading the trio. By September 1990, the band released it's first single E.P. Find out Why on 7" vinyl with newly formed record label Motivate Records. This led to a strong local teenage fanbase with a reputation for enjoying stage diving and moshing at their gigs.
The band quickly gathered pace after being signed to Nottingham Label Sycophant Records and began appearing with the likes of Fudge Tunnel, Silverfish and Daisy chainsaw. It was while with Sycophant Records, the band released their first 'mini' album Babykill, which held No.17 in the Melody Maker indie album charts, during April 1992.
The band signed with Stayfree Music in 1992 and embarked on touring with Crazyhead. During 1992 the band released their second E.P. Shudder on Stayfree, with added sponsorship from N.T.V. Music. It was at this stage that the founder Bass player Clive Cartwright left, to be replaced by Marcus Hessin.
The band spent the remaining 18 months touring up and down the country with the likes of Headcleaner and Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction as well as touring in France. In 1993 the band released a further album Sonic Sculptures From The Black Magna, and a shared an E.P. vinyl single release with Doncaster band, FUSE; but on return from a tour in France during February 1994, the band decided to split.
The band had two distinct styles during its four years of activity. The band was initially described as grunge or metal, but from 1992 onwards, the band took a distinctive turn towards a more glam rock/punk approach, with elements of pop and rock thrown in. It was during this latter stage that their 5th member joined as a backing singer Janet Brown, adding a female touch to the band in 1993.
Motivate Records was the band's first label, distributed under Southern Records Distribution. Sycophant Records released their first mini-album in 1992, distributed under S.R.D. Stayfree Music based in Leicester, was run by former front man of grebo goth rock band, The Hunters Club, Ian Redhead and managed the scum pups through to their eventual split in February 1994.
Find Out Why - 7" Single E.P. 1990 Motivate Records.
Babykill - 12" & C.D. Mini Album (Bonus track on CD) 1991 Sycophant Records.
Shudder - 12" Single E.P. 1992 Stayfree Music.
Sonic Sculptures From The Black Magna - C.D. Album 1993 Stayfree Music.
Hit Single/Hammer - 7" Single 1993 Stayfree Music.
Roger "Dodge" Watson eventually moved on to form the stoner rock group The Kings of Frog Island releasing 3 albums on the German Elektrohasch label. However, since 2010, he has been involved with the largely Leicester based Bull God project.
Matthew Day - guitar & vocals (1989-1994)
Clive Cartwright - bass guitar & b. vocals (1989-1992)
Roger "Dodge" Watson - drums (1989-1994)
Marcus Hessin - bass guitar & b. vocals (1992-1994)
Janet Brown - b. vocals (1993)
Gaz Birtles - sax (1993)
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