Gaye Bykers On Acid (GBOA) were an English psychedelic rock band and one of the founder members of the Grebo music scene. They later released both thrash punk and dance music albums under various aliases.
Their first releases - the single Everything's Groovy Baby and the Nosedive Karma EP - were both recorded in Leeds with Jon Langford of The Mekons, and released on the InTape label. They then signed to Virgin Records releasing the albums Drill Your Own Hole and Stewed To The Gills.
They also played gigs (dressed in women's clothing) under the name "Lesbian Dopeheads on Mopeds", supporting themselves, and thus getting paid twice! They also performed as a fictitious East German thrash punk band "Rektüm" (they claimed to have jumped over the Berlin Wall), recording an LP Sakredanus and an EP Real Horror Show under the name.
However management problems and poor sales meant that they were dropped by Virgin in 1988. They subsequently released the album Cancer Planet Mission on their own record label, Naked Brain. They also recycled and used the band name "The Purple Fluid Exchange" (PFX) to release their dance cross-over material. It was at this time that Rocket Ronnie joined the band as DJ, sample player and dance advisor.
In 1990 they released Pernicious Nonsense, their last studio album, recorded with Jon Langford at the Stone Room Studios and at Alaska St. Studios with house engineer Chelo Zambelli. After difficult tours in the USA and UK the band broke up, the final blow being when the label Rough Trade, who distributed their Naked Brain recordings, went bust owing them and many other bands considerable amounts of cash.
Two compilation albums were subsequently released on the Receiver record label, From the Tomb of the Near Legendary… (1992) and Gaye Bykers On Acid (1993). A further bootleg compilation of Virgin records studio demo's was sold by their ex manager (Tracy lamott)to Cherry Red Records -Everything's Groovy2001
The groups Total Anthology On DVD is available from Robber Byker at their official site and via their MySpace page (see external links below).
|1986||Everythang's Groovy||7-inch and 12-inch single||InTape|
|1987||Nosedive Karma||7-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch single||InTape|
|1987||Git Down||7-inch, box set and 12-inch single||Virgin|
|1987||All Hung Up||7-inch, 12-inch, and 2x12-inch with Picture Disc||Virgin|
|1989||Hot Thing||7-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch single||Virgin|
|1991||S.P.A.C.E. (as PFX)||12-inch single||Naked Brain|
|1991||Killer Teens in New Orleans (as PFX)||12-inch single||Naked Brain|
|1998||The BBC Sessions||EP||Strange Fruit|
|1989||Real Horror Show (as Rektüm)||12-inch EP||Manic Ears|
|1987||Drill Your Own Hole||LP/CS/CD and Video album||Virgin|
|1989||Stewed to the Gills||LP/CS/CD album||Virgin|
|1990||Cancer Planet Mission||LP/CS/CD album||Naked Brain|
|1990||Sakredanus (as Rektüm)||LP/CS/CD album||PSI|
|1990||Pernicious Nonsense (as PFX)||LP/CS/CD album||Naked Brain|
|1992||Gaye Bykers On Acid||CD album||Receiver|
|1993||From The Tomb of the Near Legendary...||CD album||Receiver|
|2001||Everything's Groovy||CD album||Cherry Red|