The Deviants (formerly The Social Deviants) were an English rock group originally active in the late 1960s, but still used as a vehicle for the musical work of writer Mick Farren.
Farren has stated that The Deviants were originally a community band which "did things every now and then – it was a total assault thing with a great deal of inter-relation and interdependence". Musically, Farren described their sound as "teeth-grinding, psychedelic rock" somewhere between the Stooges and The Mothers of Invention. The Deviants have been described as a transition between classic British psych and the Punk/Heavy Metal aesthetic of the 1970s. They were the first act to ever be introduced as a Punk rock band by the underground DJ Jeff Dexter at Tiles Club in London’s Oxford Street, August 15th 1967.
Rees left the band to be replaced by Farren's flatmate Duncan Sanderson and the band released a second album Disposable through Stable Records.
Bishop married and left the band and, at the suggestion of Jamie Mandelkau, Farren recruited Canadian guitarist Paul Rudolph. This band recorded and released the album The Deviants 3 through Transatlantic Records and embarked upon a west coast tour of North America, during which the relationship between Farren and the musicians became personally and musically strained, with Farren quitting the band and returning to England.
On returning to England, Farren teamed up with Twink and Steve Peregrin Took to record the album Mona – The Carnivorous Circus before concentrating on music journalism. When the three remaining musicians returned to England, they also teamed up with Twink to form the Pink Fairies.
At the end of the 1970s Farren again concentrated on his writing and relocated to New York. He would resurrect The Deviants name for occasional live performances, such as in February 1984 when he teamed up with Wayne Kramer and Wallis' band which featured Sanderson and drummer George Butler. This set was released as Human Garbage.
Farren sporadically performs and records under the name The Deviants using a pool of musicians which include Colquhoun and former Blodwyn Pig saxophonist Jack Lancaster. Eating Jello With A Heated Fork was released in 1996, credited to Deviants IXVI, followed by 2002's Dr Crow.