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Conflict (band)

Conflict are a punk rock band originally based around Eltham in South London. Formed in 1981, the band's original line up consisted of: Colin Jerwood (vocals), Francisco 'Paco' Carreno (drums), Big John (bass), Steve (guitars), Pauline (vocals), Paul aka 'Nihilistic Nobody' (visuals). Their first release was the ep "The House That Man Built" on Crass Records. By the time they released their debut album It's Time to See Who's Who on Corpus Christi Records, Pauline and Paul had left the band. Conflict later set up their own Mortarhate label, which put out releases by other artists including Hagar the Womb, Icons of Filth, Lost Cherrees, The Apostles, Admit Your Shit and others.

In 1983 Steve Ignorant, at the time a member of the band Crass, guested on the band's pro-animal rights single "To A Nation of Animal Lovers". After the dissolution of Crass, Ignorant later became second vocalist for Conflict on a semi-permanent basis. This followed a 1986 gig in Brixton, London wherein he had joined the band on stage for a few numbers.

The band have always been outspoken regarding issues such as anarchism, animal rights, the anti-war movement and in their support for the organisation Class War, and a number of their gigs during the 1980s were followed by riots and disturbances. The band's 'Mortarhate' logo, originally designed by 'Nihilistic Nobody' is commonly mistaken as a reference to the initials CND Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament,, however the band's drummer Paco states that it is a nihilist symbol. It incorporates two 'A's for anarchy and autonomy, and an 'N' for nihilism. The logo originally appeared around 1980 in Thanatos, a small circulation pamphlet produced by Toxic Graffity (sic) fanzine editor Mike Diboll.

Members

Original line up

  • Colin Jerwood (vocals)
  • Francisco ‘Paco’ Carreno (drums)
  • ‘Big’ John Clifford (bass)
  • Steve (guitars)
  • Pauline Beck (vocals)
  • Paul Friday, aka ‘Nihilistic Nobody’ (visuals)

Later members

  • Kevin Webb (guitar)
  • Steve Ignorant (vocals)
  • Paul Hoddy (bass)
  • Chris Parrish (guitar)
  • Ferenc Collins (guitar)
  • Marshall Penn (guitar)
  • Spike Smith (drums)
  • Mandy Spokes

Discography

Chart placings shown are from the UK Indie Chart.

Studio albums

Singles

  • The House That Man Built EP (June 1982, Crass Records) (#3)
  • To a Nation of Animal Lovers EP (October 1983) (#4)
  • The Serenade is Dead EP (January 1984) (#5)
  • This is Not Enough, Stand Up and Fucking Fight (March 1985) (#3)
  • The Battle Continues (October 1985) (#1)
  • BBC1
  • These Colours Don't Run (October 1993)
  • Now You've Put Your Foot In It (2001)
  • Carlo Giuliani (April 2003)

Compilations

Live

  • Live at Centro Iberico EP (October 1982) (#7)
  • Live At Brest, France (March 1983)
  • Only Stupid Bastards Help EMI (1986) (#5)
  • Leeds University (April 1986)
  • Turning Rebellion Into Money (1987) (#1)
  • In The Venue (April 2000)
  • In America CD (2001, Go-Kart Records 83)
  • Live In London (2004)

Other

  • Rebellion Sucks! (Anthology and DVD of live in London 2004)

References

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