Crisis were a British punk rock band formed in 1977. They performed at rallies for Rock Against Racism (RAR) and the Anti-Nazi League (ANL), and at Right to Work marches. British music magazine Sounds used the phrase "Music to March To" to describe their distinctly edgy, controversial and far left form of punk rock.
Crisis formed in 1977 with the lineup of Phrazer (vocals), Lester Jones (lead guitar), Douglas Pearce (guitar), Tony Wakeford (bass) and Insect Robin the Cleaner (drums).
Their debut single, "No Town Hall", was released in 1978 on Action Group Records.
On 1 November 1978, Crisis recorded four tracks at a Peel Session for BBC Radio 1, with two of the tracks released as the "UK 79" 7" single in 1979 on the Ardkor label. The remaining two Peel Session songs were posthumously issued by Ardkor in 1981 as "Alienation".
In early 1979, the band underwent a major change in personnel when Phrazer and Insect Robin the Cleaner were replaced by Dexter (a longtime fan and roadie) and Luke Rendall. After performing their last show, supporting Magazine and Bauhaus in their hometown of Guildford in Surrey on 10 May 1980, the band broke up. A recording of the final show was released in 2008 as the Ends! CD.
Pearce and Wakeford went on to form Death in June in 1981. Wakeford later formed The Runners from 84, Above the Ruins and Sol Invictus. Rendall joined Theatre of Hate, and Jones formed Carcrash International. In 1985, Jones also performed as a touring member of Andi Sex Gang & the Quick Gas Gang.
The Crisis discography has been compiled on a single CD twice (as We Are All Jews and Germans in 1997 by World Serpent, and as Holocaust Hymns in 2005 by Apop Records), as well as twice on vinyl LP (as The Guilty Have a Past - Singles & Demos 1977-1979 in 2004 by State Laughter Records, and Kollectiv in 2014 by La Vida Es un Mus).
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