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Essex Punk

(originally recorded 30 Jun 2006, reposted 28 Jan 2018)

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I met up with Steve Pegrum, to talk about the punk music scene in Essex in the 1970s and 1980s.

Many of the bands were very well known back in the day when they were gigging constantly at venues all over Essex including Brentwood’s Hermit Club. Some of the bands, such as the Vicars, featuring a pre-Yazoo Alison Moyet, are very rarely played on the radio and it’s very likely that some of these songs are getting their first ever radio play, over 25 years after they were put down on vinyl!

Steve is the creator of which features information not just from Southend but from all over the county. The website has a wealth of information about all of the bands that were around between 1976 and 1986 and it’s growing all the time as people email in their photos and memories of that era.


Dr Feelgood – Roxette
Eddie and the Hot Rods – Do Anything You Want To
The Damned – New Rose
Machines – True Life
Machines – You Better Hear
Psychopaths – Drugs
Idiot – Ging Gang Gooley
The Vicars – I’m Going Mad
Speedball – No Survivors
The Sinyx – The Plague
Bleeding Pyles – Receiver Deceiver
The Convicted – Runaway
Kronstadt Uprising – Blind People
The Prey – Sleepless Nights
Kronstadt Uprising – Stay Free

(Here’s a screengrab of the original article, still up on the website!)

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