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Sex Gang Children
Origin Brixton
Genres Gothic rock
Post-punk
Punk rock
Years active 1981 - 1984, 1992, 2002, 2009 - present
Labels Cleopatra, Cherry Red, Illuminated, ROIR
Associated acts Andi Sexgang (solo act)
Marc Almond
Cinema Strange
Former members
Andi Sexgang
Dave Roberts
Terry MacLeay
Rob Stroud
Steve Harle
Nigel Preston
Ray Mondo
Bob Thompson
Cam Campbell
Kevin Matthews
Gerald Santana
Notable instruments
Xylophone

The Sex Gang Children are a gothic rock group that formed in the early 1980s in England. Although the original group only released one official studio album, they remain one of the more well-known bands out of the early Batcave scene and have reformed for new albums and touring various times since the early 1990s.

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History

The original line-up was Andi Sexgang (vocals, guitar), Dave Roberts (bass), Terry McLeay (guitar), and Rob Stroud (drums).[1] They were a very dramatic band, relying on heavy bass, tribal drumming, sudden mood shifts, a woozy cabaret ready sound that influenced the rise of the later dark cabaret scene, and yet another in a long line of goth singers with an odd, highly dramatic voice. Although the group only released one official album, their singles and various other tracks have been packaged into numerous collections, and they remain one of the more well-known bands out of the early Batcave scene. The band's first release was a cassette-only live album, Naked, in 1982, followed by their first vinyl release, the Beasts EP the same year, now signed to the Illuminated label. The band's only studio album from their original period together, Song and Legend, was released in 1983, reaching the top of the UK Indie Chart and spawning the single "Sebastiane". Stroud departed to form Aemotu Crii, to be replaced by former Theatre of Hate drummer Nigel Preston, who played on the band's next single, "Mauritia Mayer", before himself being replaced by former Death Cult drummer Ray Mondo.[1] Roberts left in late 1983 to form Carcrash International, and the line-up settled to Andi, Mcleay, Cam Campbell (bass) and Kevin Matthews (drums), a change forced by Ray Mondo's deportation to his native Sierra Leone.[1]

The band split up in 1984, with Andi Sexgang embarking on a solo career, but renewed interest in the band in the United States led to a reformation in 1991, and a new album, Medea, in 1993.[1]

Name

The Sex Gang Children were originally called Panic Button.[1] The name "Sex Gang Children" was taken by Malcolm McLaren from a William Burroughs novel as a possible name for the band that became Bow Wow Wow and was one of the names that Boy George went through before choosing "Culture Club". SGC vocalist Andi Sexgang tried to persuade George to use the name, but when Culture Club drummer Jon Moss passed on the idea, Andi decided that the name should not go to waste.

One of the groups coming up at the same time as Southern Death Cult was Sex Gang Children, and Andi - he used to dress like a Banshees fan, and I used to call him the Gothic Goblin because he was a little guy, and he's dark. He used to like Edith Piaf and this macabre music, and he lived in a building in Brixton called Visigoth Towers. So he was the little Gothic Goblin and his followers were Goths. That's where goth came from.

Ian Astbury of The Cult, (Alternative Press Nov. 1994).

Discography

Chart placings shown are from the UK Indie Chart.[2]

Albums

  • Song and Legend - 1983 (#1)
  • Blind - 1992 reissue
  • Medea - 1993
  • The Wrath of God - 2001
  • Bastard Art - 2002

EPs

  • Beasts - 1982 (#8)
  • Sebastiane - 1983 (#19)
  • Salamun Child - 2009

Singles

Live

  • Naked - 1982 (#15)
  • Live - 1983
  • Ecstasy and Vendetta Over New York - 1984 (#20)
  • Nightland - 1986
  • Play with Children - 1992

Compilations

  • Beasts - 1983
  • Re-enter the Abyss (The 1985 Remixes) - 1985 (#22)
  • The Hungry Years - 1991
  • Dieche - 1993
  • Welcome to My World - 1998
  • Pop Up - 1999
  • Shout & Scream - 1999
  • Demonstration - 2000
  • The Dark Archives volume 1 - 2000
  • Empyre and Fall - 2001
  • Fall: The Complete Singles - 2003
  • Execution & Elegance: The Anthology 1982-2002 - 2004

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (2003) "Sex Gang Children", in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1 84195 335 0
  2. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-95172-069-4

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